Every month we pick one sub who has received excellent feedback and done great work. This November, we are highlighting Allyson Richardson! Make sure to check out our interview with Allyson below and see what makes her a great sub for our partner subs.
Interview with Allyson Richardson
1. Tell us a bit about yourself
Hello! My name is Allyson Richardson and I am a native of Virginia. I have lived in Colorado for the past four years and I still can’t get used to the extreme weather changes! I have a husband of 12 years and a daughter who attends Rocky Mountain Classical Academy.
2. Why did you decide to try subbing?
My journey toward subbing began after I was told by a close friend that it would be a perfect job for me due to my patience with children (she has been teaching for 23 years). I decided to start substitute teaching because I thought she was right, and I felt that it too would be fitting after many hours of volunteering and coaching.
3. What do you love most about substitute teaching?
I never thought that I would have stuck with this position after two years, but it surely has grown on me. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and aiding those students that may need a little more help, as well as continuing to express the importance of keeping our learning environment safe.
4. Do you have any favorite grades or subjects you like to teach and why?
I enjoy teaching K-8 and all subjects. I get excited when I get to sub for Science classes, as that is where I have the most knowledge. Any chance I receive I am promoting environmental stewardship, whether it may be encouraging the removal of trash on the ground, recycling or educating about environmentally safe practices. It is so important to take care of the place that allows us to live.
5. If you had to give any advice to a new substitute teacher, what would it be?
For new substitutes, remember back when you were in school and had a substitute teacher. Everyone wants to get away with things when they know they have a teacher who may not know all the rules. I get this a lot, “our teacher always lets us.” Therefore, I feel substituting for one school is beneficial for you and the children. Read all the notes that the teacher leaves for you and remember that you are there to do the job of educating students, not for making friends.