Hannibal Schools Need Substitute Teachers

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HANNIBAL, MO (WGEM) – Missouri has taken permanent action to address the state’s teacher shortage at the start of the school year by lowering the need for substitute teachers, but that’s only happening at the end of the year.

About a month into the school year, some local schools say they are having a harder time keeping teachers in the classroom than ever before.

Superintendent Susan Johnson said if they did not have enough substitute teachers for a given day, another teacher would work during class preparation time to cover the class, or the students would be in class and the teacher would teach them at home.

Johnson believes that some people who would be excellent substitute teachers hesitate to apply because they don’t think they meet the requirements or qualify, but they don’t.

“We’re going to give them all the tools they need, so we’re not going to put you in the room and say, go ahead, go ahead,” Johnson said. “We’re going to make sure they have all the support they need to feel good about what they’re doing and it’s a great way to give back and more importantly, it’s a great way to keep the open school. “

The district didn’t have to cancel school this year due to the high number of COVID-19 cases, but last year they did.

Johnson said they need to be prepared for any situation.

College principal Matt Nimmo said the role of a teacher has grown over the past year due to COVID-19.

Teachers learn new technologies, take extra lessons, and provide extra support to students in need.

This is why he asks anyone interested in helping children learn to apply.

“Those with 60 hours of college can help, but the state has also made adjustments allowing adults who don’t have 60 hours to work through certification and other routes to becoming teaching assistants,” Nimmo said. “Half of our teacher assistants currently do not have 60 hours of college. “

The state’s new 20-hour online training option for occasional teachers will take effect in December.

For a complete list of state directives, CLICK HERE.

If you’re interested, call 573-406-8424 to inquire about openings.

Applications are available on the neighborhood website.


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