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.
Scroll down for the 2021 winners!
To be considered for the Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame, a nominee must:
Live in the United States
Have at least one year of K-12 classroom teaching experience
Have subbed at least one day in a K-12 district, charter or
private school in the 2020-2021 academic year
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:
$500 cash award
$250 award for professional development or school supplies
Announcing the inductees to the 2021 Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame! We are excited to spotlight three exemplary substitute teachers.
Marcella has been a teacher for over 10 years. She is currently a substitute teacher with Swing in the Bay Area, CA.
“Marcella has supported our schools in administering the ELPAC test during the pandemic,” said a supervisor of Kerbein. “She has been flexible, patient, kind, and professional. On our team, she has demonstrated that she really understands how to make sure students are learning and growing.”
“I've been teaching for more than 25 year in various capacities – from being a gardening teacher to yoga teacher to preschool teacher – and appreciate the flexibility and dynamic nature of substitute teaching,” said Kerbein. “I try my very best to leave a good impression on the students and staff I work with and to be as kind and empathetic as possible – everyone can use more kindness these days!”
Valerie is a SwingSub and has been teaching for over 3 years. Her preferred instruction is student-centered through kinesthetic learning.
“Ms. Pierce goes above and beyond with helping staff and students inside and outside of the classroom, and has become a member of the school family in the two school years she's been with us,” said a colleague of Pierce. “She has a great personality, is amazing with students, and is very knowledgeable about the curriculum and how to successfully implement it.”
“I love being a substitute,” said Pierce. “Substitute teaching has given me the opportunity to work in varying schools and grade levels. These experiences are helping me to develop my teaching style and now I know elementary students are who I want to teach in the classroom.”
Wanda is a SwingSub and has been teaching for over 5 years. She's taught almost 200 classes with Swing.
“Wanda is instrumental in running my classes during this pandemic,” said a colleague of Drayton. “I was teaching from home while she was in the classroom running things with on-campus students. I think of her as a co-teacher because without her my class would not have been able to function.”
“The kids absolutely love and respect her. And, teachers know they can depend on her to go above and beyond what is asked,” added Drayton’s colleague.