Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

December 19, 2012

Substitute Teachers:

The unsung heroes of education

By JAY WALSWORTH

Mineral Wells ISD Assistant Superintendent

It starts with a phone call at 6 a.m. You clear your throat to make it seem you’ve been awake for hours just waiting for the call. You answer and on the other end of the line is Substitute Coordinator Sandra McFall. It’s the call to teach the children of Mineral Wells Independent School District. And so begins a day in the life of a substitute teacher.

You never know where the call may lead you. It's possible you’ll be asked to teach 5- and 6-year-olds at Lamar Elementary or 17- and 18-year-olds at Mineral Wells High School. It's important to get there early, no matter what campus, in order to prepare for the day.

You go to the office, check in, get a key and go to your room. Don’t forget to take your sack lunch to the teacher’s workroom – you know, the one that has the ham sandwich you hastily put together as you were running out the door.

In the room, you find the lesson plan and seating chart. You find a marker that works and write your name on the board along with the assignment for the day. It’s time for your first class.

The most difficult part of your day will be establishing a relationship with 25 students in a matter of minutes, so they can have a successful learning experience.

Some will come in late. What’s the tardy policy? Some will come in and want to do everything except what was planned. What’s the teacher’s classroom management plan?

Everyone is seated; you introduce yourself and begin to take roll. You then realize that one boy is not in his assigned seat. You ask the student why he isn’t sitting according to the seating chart. He tells you he was moved by his teacher. Was he? Maybe the teacher forgot to change it on the chart.

Text Only
Local News
  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck near Brock

    BROCK – Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • 0727 loc pet Molly.jpg PET OF THE WEEK: Molly left behind

    Molly is a 5-6 year old Dachshund. Molly’s previous owners had to let her go when they moved and found out that they would be unable to keep her as a pet, so they brought her into the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter. Molly is the sweetest little dog you’ve ever seen.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament is Saturday at Canyon West

    Lillian Peek Cottage Benefit Golf Tournament hosted by The MWHS 50 Year Club is Saturday, July 26, at Canyon West Golf Club, 160 Canyon Road, Weatherford, TX 76087.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kitchen Boot Camp for kids

    PALO PINTO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Palo Pinto County will be hosting day camps with a focus on food and fun.

    July 24, 2014

  • 0727 loc Blue heeler.jpg ADOPTABLE PET: Brighten Blue's day

    Sweet Blue is a 9-month-old female catahoula/red heeler mix. She is a laid back and quiet, a medium-sized girl searching for her forever home.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • USDA processes 106,000 payments to farmers for grazing, livestock losses

    WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.

    July 24, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Hudson Oaks firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    HUDSON OAKS – A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nomination deadline nears for Farm Service Agency county committees

    WASHINGTON — U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1 is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

    July 23, 2014

  • Estes appointed to SWIFT Advisory Committee

    AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed Sen. Craig Estes to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Advisory Committee.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722 pet Dell 1.jpg ADOPTABLE PET: Get Dell for your lap top

    If you are looking for an indoor companion or lap dog then Dell is your man. Dell is a 4-5 year old male Chihuahua. He is a quiet and laid back boy in desperate need of a place to call home.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index


Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read