I used to think that if sub for elementary school teachers, I would get my experience that I need to teach in Christian schools. I get experiences all right, but the curriculums are not the same. Public Instructions are set by the government, not the church. Another reason I'm giving up on this is the income. It's not income though. I work 3 and half to 7 hours a day depending if its a half or full day job. Substitutes gets paid for each day they sub. In other jobs, people are paid by the hour and work 5 to six days a week (hopefully not seven). This has been my experience.
Substituting is perfect for the retired and the married. In the county where I live, they get paid around $100 a day and although there is a shortage of subs, they don't get called everyday. It's an on called basis, and its a stressful job, I am unmarried and only one paying the bills so its hard. We don't get paid vacations, and holidays. The worst month is December and the summer. You might ask how in the world do I make it through the summer? By the grace of God.
My experiences as a sub has taught me that I'm there as a light and blessing to the teachers and students. I do enjoying subbing to some extents, but it is not for me, I have to admire the teachers I sub for. They have more creativity then I can put together and I appreciate the lessons plans because I look at their curriculum and wonder how I can come up with a lesson plan. I am 20 years pass college graduation. The teachers are younger than me and they started at a younger age. I'm 53 at this writing.
I realized now that my desire to teach in Christian schools should stay in Washington state and not go with me to Montana. I'm still waiting on that one. I much rather be a help mate to my future husband in Montana than have to teach at a late age.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.