Partner with Us

by Director of Human Resource and Administrative Services Holly Schoenherr

One of the things that make Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools so great is the dedication and partnership of our local communities. Our students are truly blessed when citizens make donations and volunteer their time and talents with students at Hillside Early Childhood Center, Mississippi Heights Elementary, Pleasantview Elementary, Rice Elementary, Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School or Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

Do you enjoy being around kids? Are you looking for meaningful ways to spend your time? Hardly anything is more enjoyable or meaningful than investing in the education and well-being of kids. Members of our community can engage in an important partnership with Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools by becoming a substitute teacher. An attractive benefit of serving as a substitute teacher is that you can build your own schedule … work as little or as much as you want. Imagine the fulfillment of making a difference in the lives of children in your own neighborhood!

Substitute teaching is fun

Teaching definitely isn’t a typical nine-to-five job. Every day is different, and there’s nothing quite like witnessing a student have that light-bulb moment when everything finally clicks. There is never a dull moment … with a classroom full of different personalities, there’s always something fascinating going on. Also, you quickly become part of the Storm family, with fellow educators and staff that care about your success and are there to help you with ideas and any questions you may have.

 This is what some substitute teachers have said about their experiences:

“I want to make sure that the students don’t miss out on their aha moment just because their regular teacher is not in class. Every day matters, so it matters to have a great sub, and that’s what I aspire to be.”

“I sub because I love being able to go into a different school or different classroom every day and create an environment that is both inclusive and safe all the while Bridging the Gap between students and their teachers.”

“I sub because the next generation is our future leaders, politicians, health care professionals, trade workers, and lawyers. Teaching gives a platform to lift others up, inspire, and challenge students to become the best version of themselves.”

Substitute teaching is safe

Now that we are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited about the opportunities for increasing the number of volunteers and substitutes in our buildings. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in-person learning in schools has not been associated with substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools has been operating under a Safe Learning Plan that addresses a number of prevention practices and instrumental in keeping our students, staff and volunteers safe.

Becoming a substitute teacher is easy

If you have a four-year college degree in any field, you can apply for a substitute teaching (short call) license through the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Contact the Human Resource Department at 320-258-1808 or visit the district’s website to receive instructions on how to sign up for substitute opportunities.

Interested in other types of roles with the district? There are also many opportunities and needs for substitutes in non-teaching roles, including cashiers, custodians, health and nursing staff, food service, paraprofessionals and van drivers.

Our kids are counting on us to be there for them. Let’s work together to make great things happen!