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Substitute Teacher

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week: May 3, 2021 – May 7, 2021

Hall of Fame

Submit nominations: April 6, 2021 – April 25, 2021
Winners announced: May 7, 2021

To honor substitute teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students, and in celebration of National Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week, Swing Education is celebrating the Third Annual Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for the Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame, a nominee must:

  1. Live in the United States

  2. Have at least one year of K-12 classroom teaching experience

  3. Have subbed at least one day in a K-12 district, charter or
    private school in the 2020-2021 academic year

  4. Students, parents, administrators and current or former educators 
    (including substitute teachers) can submit nominations

Nominations should include:

  • The nominee's name, contact information and location

  • Short description detailing why you are nominating the teacher 

  • Short description detailing the impact he or she has had on a school

  • Short anecdote describing that impact (no student names please)

  • Optional 10-15 second “Thank you” video to be shared with subs


Inductees into the Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame will receive:

  • Commemorative plaque 

  • $500 cash award

  • $250 award for professional development or school supplies

Past winners

These educators were selected for their outstanding contributions to the students, teachers, and schools they serve.

Sheeja Mathews

Sheeja has been a teacher for over 10 years. She is currently a substitute teacher with Swing at multiple schools in Bergen County, NJ.

Jennifer Rutledge

Jennifer was a substitute teacher in Mt. Vernon, IL and started as a first grade classroom teacher when the 2020-2021 school year began.

Jim Strang

Jim has been a substitute teacher in Avon, OH for over 12 years.

Valerie Aduba

Valerie teaches at multiple schools in Sacramento, CA. Catch up with Valerie in her recent interview.

Michael Packard

Michael is a substitute teacher at The Renaissance Academy in Phoenixville, PA.

Ralph Starace

Ralph is a substitute teacher at Sussex County Technical School in Sparta, NJ.

Questions? Get in touch at community@swingeducation.com

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