WCSD continues its search for substitutes with job fair

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Facing a shortage. The Washoe County School District announced earlier this week that it doesn’t have enough substitute teachers.

Washoe County School District officials reached out to the community for help and people answered the call to action during Thursday’s job fair and application assistance day.

“It does give me a sense of hope that people are responding to our need, that there are definitely people out there that do want to come help our kids and our district,” says Mike Paul with the WCSD.

Groups of people went to the district’s job fair ready to put their names in the hat. Paul says he was asked many questions.

“How do we log in? How do we get started? I want to fill out the application. You know, where do I go, what do I do and just a lot of eagerness to get going.”

Richard Booth is a retired South Lake Tahoe resident planning to move to Reno. He says he went to the event because he read being a substitute teacher is a good part-time job for retirees.

“I wanted to find out more and had a good chat with a lady here who explained to me what the substitute teaching for Washoe County School District would be like, at least as far as the application process, and I’m still interested, so I think I’ll at least put in an application,” says Booth.

Before you can start teaching there are a few things that must happen and it may take up to 4 weeks.

“Unfortunately we can’t have you come in and start working tomorrow. I mean I wish we could speed that up a little bit, so maybe a little bit of patience there, but we will have it go through as fast as we possibly can because we do want you to be working in our school district,” says Paul.

You must have 60 college credits, apply and obtain a substitute license from the Nevada Department of Education, and apply to the Washoe County School District. Even though the application process may seem like a lot, Booth says he’s moving forward.

“It is not discouraging. Like any job application you’ve got to spend some time, but I am not discouraged by it.”

With the substitute shortage leaving about 80 unfilled sub requests every day, Paul adds it’s important to understand how vital substitute teachers are.

“They’re not just trivial positions that people think, oh, it’s just a substitute teacher. They really are positions that make a major impact for our students and our schools and we want to be sure to let everybody know that anybody can be a substitute,” says Paul.

It may be a district problem, but the efforts of as many community members as possible is needed to find a solution.

For more information about how you can apply, call the WCSD Talent Hotline at 775-789-4602.