Substitute teachers are in short supply in the Wichita Falls Independent School District.
For many reasons, substitute teachers are in short supply during the middle part of the school year and that’s why WFISD is asking for your help.
Wichita Falls ISD is in dire need of substitute teachers. Superintendent Michael Kuhrt said this time of year is when the need is at its highest.
“Flu season. Just like your kids, our staff gets sick as well and so we have more staff out now during these winter months and because of extracurricular activity as well. It just becomes really hard to find subs on a regular basis,” Superintendent Kuhrt said.
Each day WFISD use on average 80 to 100 substitute teachers at all campuses, so having people in place is very important.
“Substitute teachers what they do for us is they come in and they maintain the learning environment. That’s classroom management,” Kuhrt said. “That’s continuing a lesson that a teacher previously taught that they need to follow up on that lesson.”
Catherine Mulder was a full-time teacher at Scotland Park Elementary before stepping down in 2016 due to health reason. Now she is a substitute teacher with the WFISD and she said she just couldn’t be away from the kids.
“After a few months, I was like ‘what am I doing I need to be back with the kids.’ so, that’s why I still sub. My heart is still in the teaching and I would love to be back teaching but until that time, I’m subbing,” Mulder said.
Mulder said the one advice she would give a substitute teacher is to make sure you are firm in your discipline.