ALBERTVILLE, Alabama (WAFF) – Nationally and in the Tennessee Valley, substitute teachers are scarce.

Now – the school system in the town of Albertville is raising wages.

During the week, you can find Heather English reading to students or helping them excel in class.

She is a substitute teacher at schools in the town of Albertville.

“Personally, it was a great experience. I have been a stay-at-home mom for nine years so this is a great opportunity for me to start working again, and right now there is such a demand that I can work as much as I need, ”English said. .

While English has been a great help in the classroom, COVID makes it difficult to find others like her.

This is why the starting salary for substitutes has been increased to $ 15 an hour.

Albertville Elementary School principal Beth Rigsby said substitutes play a role in keeping children in class.

“So having students in and out of our classroom for a year and a half, we are delighted to find them in the classroom. We believe this is where students need to belong so that we can give this hands-on teaching in person, ”English said.

“I loved how the school system recognized that the salary needs to go up and they fought for it. So it’s exciting for people like me who are already at the door and for those who are arriving, it’s attractive and competitive, ”said English.

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, there will be a hiring event on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ACS boardroom.

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