Humboldt County needs substitute teachers more than ever

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EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)- The Humboldt County Office of Education will hold its first-ever countywide substitute teacher orientation on Thursday, November 4th, from 3:30 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. the two-hour orientation will give those interested in becoming a substitute teacher an overview of the process for becoming a substitute teacher.

The first-ever Countywide substitute orientation gives those interested tips and strategies needed to be successful and the opportunity to sign up to be on the substitute teacher list for the Humboldt County District.

“The training is aimed at demystifying the process of becoming a substitute as well as taking away some of the financial barriers out of the way,” said Marika Myrick, Credential and Data Analyst with Humboldt County Office of Education.

The first 150 participants who register for the training will be reimbursed up to $150 for permit and live scan fees associated with substitute teaching.

Before covid, schools had a shortage of substitutes; the pandemic has only worsened that shortage and increased the demand for subs.

“The force is fragile when a classroom teacher is away due to quarantine, illness or taking care of their own children substitute teachers play an important role in maintaining continuity and supporting uninterrupted learning for students,” said Colby Smart, Assistant Superintendent with Humboldt County Office of Education.

In Humboldt County, there are two different ways to qualify. You must hold a bachelor’s degree in arts or a Bachelor’s degree in science or have a minimum of 90 completed units and be enrolled in a 4-year California University Humboldt County.

November 1st is the deadline to register. You can register online at my.hcoe.net, or you can call 707-445-7101.

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