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    Kalisha Carter

    Substitute Teacher Spotlight
    Uplift Education

    Kalisha Carter is a highly-requested  substitute teacher for the Uplift Education School District in Texas.

    This former stay-at-home mom loves to work with young people. She founded a non-profit program to mentor at-risk children living in shelters. It gives her incredible satisfaction to work for the betterment of her community.

    She says she often dreamed about becoming a teacher and the experience as a substitute teacher has given her the confidence to pursue her passion. She's now beginning to look at going to college to make her dream come true.

    In this Q&A, Ms. Carter shares about her experiences and offers inspiration to new substitute teachers.

    Why did you become a substitute educator?

    After my own children were all in school, I wanted to work outside my home. I have always enjoyed working with children and wanted to become a teacher. I don't have a teaching degree, so assisting in the classroom seemed to be the right next step.

    What do you enjoy most about being a substitute teacher?

    What I love the most is working with the kids—especially the ones who are behind and helping them with their homework. I make time in my day to support them if they have questions before we move onto the next lesson.

    What advice would you give to new substitute teachers?

    • You have to be a positive role model and lead by example.
    • Be confident in the classroom. Show students that you know what you are doing. The minute you show weakness, the students will see that and take advantage of you.
    • Your job is to educate the students, but that's easier when you build a trusted relationship with them.

    What is the benefit of being a Kelly Education substitute teacher?

    I really enjoy the free webinars, workshops, and seminars. I have learned so much about classroom management that has made me a better teacher.

    Watch this brief video to learn more about Ms. Carter's experience as a substitute teacher.

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