Our December Sub of the Month is Timothy Mullins! Timothy, born and raised in Colorado Springs, began using Tagg to be able to spend more time with his family and give back to his community. When he isn’t subbing, Timothy enjoys coaching and officiating schools sports of all levels. Read our interview with Timothy below!
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m from Colorado Springs. I graduated from Harrison and then UCCS. Married for 28 years to my high school sweetheart with 3 daughters and 12 grandkids. I have coached at the high school level and coached all three of my daughters. I also currently officiate four different youth, middle/high school, and college sports. Besides reffing, I enjoy hiking, running, and traveling.
Why did you decide to be a substitute teacher?
I spent 24+ years successfully leading large implementation and project teams with a large company. Lots of travel and many sacrifices… So I’ve made a decision to do something that still makes a difference but without as much time away from home. Teaching is a way to do that and pursue my officiating career. Subbing right now is my way to see if teaching makes sense for me.
What do you love most about substitute teaching?
Mostly I enjoy working with youth. Also, I enjoy the flexibility. Since I’m at a good place financially, I can simply take days off when I want. I like that. Finally, it is satisfying to help teachers and schools to take some time away while I help keep their classroom going.
Do you have a favorite grade or subject you like to teach and why?
I originally thought I enjoyed older middle school and high school levels most. I still do as they are generally more mature and self sufficient. But, I have had several very positive elementary school classes and experiences. I have no problems with 1st or 2nd grade, but I do like subbing 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes. I’ve found that with patience and consistency these ages can be responsive as well. Besides, recess duty time can be fun when the weather is nice!
If you had to give any advice to a new substitute teacher, what would it be?
Always dress nicer than the students. Be administratively perfect — work when you accept jobs, don’t cancel, be on time, provide helpful notes. Whenever I sub, I conduct myself as a teacher. I don’t view what I do as any different than a teacher during that time I’m managing a classroom. I come in early and prepare as much as I can. It is important to keep to the student’s routine and also hold them accountable. Be patient and don’t take anything personal. Remember that being a substitute is meaningful and important!