Job Title:           Substitute Teacher                                            Exemption Status:   Nonexempt


Reports to:        Campus Principal/Administration                        Wage/Hour:


Dept./School:   Assigned Campus                                              Date Revised:  July 2021





Responsible for carrying out the absent teacher’s prepared lesson plans. During a prolonged absence as defined by board policy, the substitute is responsible for performing all essential functions identified in the absent teacher’s job description. Note: Duties require traveling to various buildings throughout the district as scheduled. Substitutes are required to stay for the entire workday.





High School Diploma or GED

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree

Valid teaching certificate preferred


Special Knowledge/Skills:

Ability to work well with children

Ability to maintain effective classroom management

Effective organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Patient and calm demeanor with students and others

Basic academic skills



Some experience working with children in an instructional setting



Candidate must attend an orientation/training session

Candidate must agree to authorize Hearne Independent School District to conduct a Criminal History Search/fingerprinting

Candidate must possess good moral character



  1. Maintains and respects confidentiality of student and school personnel information.
  2. Maintains a discipline and classroom control that fosters a safe and positive environment for all students and staff in accordance with district policies.
  3. Maintains as fully as possible the established routines and procedures of the school and classroom to which assigned.
  4. Performs all extra duties for the absent teacher as required by the building principal.
  5. Ensures the adequate supervision to assure health, welfare, and safety of all students.
  6. Reports to office upon arrival at school; requests clarification of school rules and procedures, if necessary.
  7. Reports all student injuries, accidents, illnesses, and discipline problems to the appropriate authority immediately or as soon as is reasonably possible.
  8. Implements lesson plans as outlined by the absent teacher, while ensuring the integrity of academic time and in a manner which motivates students to learn and participate.
  9. Leaves a note for the regular classroom teacher.
  10. Collects and places students’ papers on regular teacher’s desk.
  11. Returns instructional materials, equipment, and keys to proper place.
  12. Determines if his/her services will be required for the next school day.
  13. Complies with and supports school and division regulations and policies.
  14. Models non-discriminatory practices in all activities.
  15. Follow district safety protocols and emergency procedures.
  16. Performs other related duties as assigned by building administrator(s) in accordance with school/division policies and practices.
  17. Does not leave students unsupervised.
  18. Maintains an acceptable attendance record and is punctual.
  19. Accepts personal responsibility for decisions and conduct.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made if necessary.


Mental Demands:

Reading; ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written), maintain emotional control under stress, maintain a clear focus on customer service; ability to manage others in a non-coercive manner.


Physical Demands:

Duties performed typically in school settings to include: classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, and recreational areas. Frequent walking, standing, stooping, lifting, up to approximately 30 pounds and occasional lifting of equipment and/or materials weighing up to 40 pounds may be required. Other physical activities may be required. Occasional travel with students on field trips may be necessary. The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, noise and hazards. Occasional movement of students by wheelchairs and other mechanical devices may be required. Regular Instruction to special needs children may be necessary. Daily personal and close contact with children to provide classroom management and learning environment support is required on assigned days. Regular contact with other staff members and building administrator(s) is required on assigned days as a substitute.