PUSD board member has day job as substitute teacher

School board member Hilary Cooper moonlights as a sub in a Havens second grade classroom (photo courtesy of H.Cooper)

The district has put out a call for substitute teachers and some around town have answered. The Exedra caught up with school board member Hilary Cooper, who holds a certification in elementary education, and has been substitute teaching for second grade classrooms at Havens and Beach.

“It has been fantastic,” she enthused. “The kids are thrilled and happy to be back. Normally kids would not pay much attention to a sub, but they are super focused and respectful. The students all know the drill with masks and social distancing.” Cooper reports lots of positive energy on both campuses.

Want to help out? Here’s what you need to know, as outlined in the March 2 Piedmont Ahead newsletter:


Bachelor’s Degree or Higher – Degrees must be earned from a university accredited by an agency.

Electronic transcripts must be sent to our agency directly by the University. Degrees earned outside of the U.S. must first be evaluated by an approved agency

Basic Skills – Copy of CBEST passing status, or official score report for other CTC-approved basic skills exam. View other options.

Fingerprinting for the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Applicants already holding a CTC Certificate of Clearance are exempt.


Fingerprinting $49.00 plus rolling fee (avg. $30.00)

Permit Application Fee $102.50

The current pay rate for substitute teachers is $140.00 full day & $70.00 half day.

For more information and a 30 Day Permit Application please email Kim Randlett

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