Substitute Teacher Workshop Held

Sharon Schuler Kreps/CullmanSense

CULLMAN – Cullman City Schools is experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers and lunchroom staff. Last Thursday, a substitute teacher and lunchroom training was held at the Cullman Board of Education central office. School officials hope that the training will result in the added personnel needed to fill any vacancies. 

“This was our second substitute training so far for this school year,” said Terri Abbott, Child Nutrition Program director.

“In July, we had approximately 35 people show up with only about 10 following through with requirements to actually sub. Last night we had 52 people show up and estimate maybe 20 will return all the paperwork and complete all the requirements.”

Abbot also stressed the dire need for lunchroom workers. 

To be eligible for employment as a substitute teacher in the city school system, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED

  • Have a valid Alabama Substitute License or have a valid Alabama Teacher Certificate

  • Be at least 21 years of age or have completed at least two years of college 

  • Have the aptitude for the work to be performed

  • Pass a criminal background check

  • Complete the Cullman City Schools substitute teacher orientation course

“I am here tonight because I heard they needed substitute teachers for East Elementary,” said Allison Carmichael, workshop attendee.

“I love our school and I’m happy to serve in any way I can. I have been so impressed with East Elementary, the faculty and the principal. I’d love to be a part of that any way I can.”  

Reasons for the shortage are unknown; however, some speculate that wages paid for these positions or a general lack of interest in performing these jobs are to blame.

Citizens interested in becoming substitute teachers or lunchroom workers are urged to contact Cullman City Schools at 256-734-2233. For more information about Cullman City Schools visit