Teacher Returns As A Substitute

Teacher Returns As A Substitute

After teaching around the School District of Superior for over 30 years, Janie Fouts has returned to work. Fouts, who taught various grades and special ed over the years, takes on a new role, substitute teacher.

"I just really like being with the kids," said Fouts. 

Fouts, who has taught many generations of families in the Superior community, retired from the school district in 2019 and moved to Pennsylvania shortly after. While in the Quaker State, Fouts realized she missed being in the classroom.

"I originally started substitute teaching because it was a way for me to meet people and get involved in the community," said Fouts.

After her short time away, Fouts and her husband decided to move back to the Northland. She enjoyed being a substitute teacher so much that she decided to serve the Superior community again. Today, she primarily works at Four Corners Elementary.

"I've enjoyed teaching in this building. My kids went to school here. I've always loved this building and the people I have worked with," said Fouts.

"Every time Mrs. Fouts shows up, the kids are excited, and the staff is excited," said Four Corners Principal Kim O'Donnell. "She's really an asset to our building and district."

Fouts has encouraged many of her friends to become substitute teachers.

"I think that anybody coming into this, they just need to make sure they feel comfortable with themselves and not get into a power struggle with the kids," said Fouts. 

Becoming A "Guest" Spartan

If you are interested in being a "Guest Teacher," you may fill out an application on the District's website. Superior is hiring part-time substitute teachers, who will be paid $150 a day or $75 per half day. Superior retirees are eligible to receive $175 a day. Remember, for every 20 days of work, subs qualify for an additional $150 bonus. 

"Anyone who is looking to be a substitute teacher, I think there is no better place than Superior," said O'Donnell. "We treat our guest teachers like family, and we have a good number of people who are willing to come out to our building on a pretty regular basis."   

When you join the Spartan team, you join a warm and friendly family. All new substitutes will receive a welcome bag filled with Spartan gear. The staff will also stop by from time to time and do periodic check-ins. They want to ensure you are comfortable while working with the students.   

Substitute teachers are responsible for following the regular teacher's lesson plan, taking reasonable precautions to protect students, and maintaining discipline and classroom control that creates a safe and positive learning environment. 

Candidates must at least have an associate's degree and a valid substitute teaching license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Head over to the DPI website to learn more.