Will-sub employees fulfill classroom need
Photo byKaylee Stoops.Working at the desk of history teacher Kirsten Swanson, substitute teacher Pam Shojnacki awaits her next class to come. Shojnacki is one of the many substitute teachers that come to sub for Charlevoix Public Schools. ÒI enjoy teaching hereÓ said Shojnacki. . (April 25, 2013)
Shojnacki isn't an employee of Charlevoix Public Schools, but a substitute teacher for many schools through PCMI, an education contracting company.
PCMI - Professional Contract Management, Inc. - allows for people seeking a substitute teacher position to go online, see teachers that need a sub, and "grab" them right from the PCMI website. It may seem like complete strangers are watching your children through the day, but this is not the case at all. These subs are screened and qualified just like any other school employee.
"It's like edmodo for substitute teachers" said John Merril a substitute teacher on the PCMI (will-sub) site.
Merrill said that you have to be fingerprinted, have a background check, and watch online videos.
Will-sub employees make anywhere from $10-$12 an hour. The amount they make depends on how many hours they are subbing in a school day at that particular school.
All students and teachers have different views on will-sub employees. According to Abbie Romano, a senior at Charlevoix High School, she enjoys having substitute teachers even though she loves the teachers here.
"It's a great way for both teachers and students to have a little break from one another," Abbie said.
Teachers would rather be in the classroom at all times to know what's going on and make sure that students are doing what they are supposed to do, but sometimes they just can't be at school. And when that happens, they turn to the will-sub option through PCMI.
Kaylee Stoops is a senior at Charlevoix High School. She is the daughter of Dan Stoops and Monica Vandenbosch.