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 In the absence of a full-time classroom teacher, the substitute teacher provides instruction and manages the learning environment. In short-term situations, the substitute teacher is responsible for following the lesson that has been planned by the teacher. In long-term situations, the substitute is responsible for planning for daily instruction, assessing students, grading, and communicating with families. If a teacher is absent for an extended period of time, the substitute may be provided with a detailed plan from the teacher that will guide them in terms of the content and skills that will need to be taught. In all situations, the substitute maintains a positive learning environment, takes student attendance, monitors student behavior, and ensures that the classroom is clean and safe. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instructional settings are fluid. Possible settings include remote, hybrid, and full in-person learning. The District will provide training on remote learning structures, Google Meets and Google Classroom for all new substitute teachers. 


  • Valid Illinois substitute license or Professional Educators License required;
  • Must be processed through the South Cook Intermediate Service Center;
  • Ability to follow and implement lesson plans or long-term instructional plans left by the  classroom teacher;
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions;
  • Flexibile in terms of being open to working in variety of classrooms, including pre-kindergarten through eighth grade;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; 
  • Patience and willingness to work with students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.


  • $120 per day for short-term substitute situations;
  • $150 per day for long- term substitite situations of ten or more consecutive days in the same classroom. 

Additional Notes

  • Pre-K - Grade 5 hours: 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Middle School Hours: 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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