I got a chuckle out of the front-page article “Sub shortage strains schools” (CDT, Sunday).
I am a retired teacher with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education English and a master’s degree in reading supervision for K-12.
I taught for 27 years and held certifications in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio. I have permanent certification from Ohio and retired from teaching there in 2002. I was a high school teacher, reading supervisor, instructor at the University of Akron, Wilson Reading teacher and tutor and substitute teacher in the district from which I retired.
I would love to substitute in any school here.
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When I first moved here, I attempted to apply to substitute. I was told that I needed only my Pennsylvania certification, which was more than 50 years old. None of my other credentials mattered; I needed to renew my Pennsylvania certification to become a sub.
I realized that I would probably have to take additional coursework and, as a result, I never completed the application because there is no way I was going back to school to take courses to substitute when I have valid and current credentials from a neighboring state.
I miss young people. I would be an asset to any district, but with all my experience the only thing that mattered was a lapsed Pennsylvania certificate.
It seems to me that if you want healthy and capable retired teachers to help out as subs, the school districts should be able implement a process by which capable former teachers from other states, like myself, might obtain emergency certification.