WCPS and ATA Local No. 3 saluting substitute teachers

Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week is March 14 to 18.

Substitute teacher Bethany Neamtu. (Photo submitted/Wolf Creek Public Schools)

Substitute teachers are the focus as Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) and the Alberta Teachers’ Association Local No. 3 recognize Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week, March 14 to 18.

“We have always known how vital substitute teachers are in our schools, but through COVID-19 and through staff absences, the need was even more so,” said Corrine Thorsteinson, WCPS assistant superintendent.

“We are genuinely grateful to have such a wonderful and dedicated group of substitute teachers in Wolf Creek, who truly love our schools and our students. They make a big difference in the lives of students, and for that we are thankful for them.”

Bethany Neamtu has been subbing in Wolf Creek for more than a-year-and-a-half. She said that subbing allows for a variety in her teaching practice.

“My work is challenging, and each day is different,” said Neamtu. “I have a fantastic work-life balance as a substitute teacher because I am not required to lesson plan or do report cards. If I want to take a day off to focus on my family, it is easy to do so as a substitute teacher. I enjoy subbing because I get to work in many wonderful schools and constantly meet new people.”

Throughout Alberta, substitute teachers enter the classroom with the same daily responsibilities of instruction, care for students and dedication to education as regular teachers.

“We salute substitute teachers daily, but this week provides the opportunity to shine that spotlight on their tremendous work,” said Rod Phillips, chair of the Professional Replacement Teachers’ Committee with the ATA Local No. 3.

“Substitute teachers have the challenge of coming into a new classroom and a new group of students almost daily, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity that these determined and dedicated professionals rise to. We are privileged to have their service and are grateful for their work in our schools, for students and school families.”

Wolf Creek Public Schools and the ATA Local No. 3 will be marking Substitute Teachers’ Appreciation Week, March 14 to 18 and honouring its substitute teachers that week.

WCPS has approximately 200 substitute teachers, serving throughout the district. To learn more about being a substitute teacher in Wolf Creek Public School, visit: www.wolfcreek.ab.ca/school-division/people-services/substitute-teachers2

– Submitted by Wolf Creek Public Schools