Every so often (not often enough), teachers are celebrated. The lounge fills with muffins and doughnuts, stacks of sweet little-kid drawings of apples appear on desks, occasionally there’s even a gift card or two. But much of the time, teachers are unsung heroes.
And then there are the substitute teachers. The unsung of the unsung.
We get it. Permanence, routine, and predictability are a big deal among the elementary-school set. Most of us remember the feeling of walking into that familiar classroom and encountering the most unfamiliar (and generally unwelcome) sight—a complete stranger at the front of the room. The Substitute: Receptacle of worry, victim of classroom gags, always the bridesmaid and never the bride.
But here’s the thing – substitutes step in at a moment’s notice (often at about 6 a.m.) to pinch hit with the little people, to keep them safe, sound, and on the straight and narrow. They play a proxy role, yes, but an important one. And although they may not be what kids expect when they arrive in the morning, there’s nothing the matter with a plot twist every now and again.
So on this Substitute Educators Day, we want to take a moment to salute the fine teachers who stand at the ready, a team of first-rate emergency-education-responders of the highest order. Thank you, Dear Substitutes, for all you are and all you do.
Look for Dear Substitute on June 19, 2018.