Friday, May 29, 2009
“You’d think that seniority would count for something…,” she said exiting the teachers lounge.
I didn’t know who she was when she came in, but she initiated the conversation by asking for whom I was subbing today. I replied, assuming that she was one of the teachers at the school. It never hurts to establish a presence in the teacher’s lounge that might lead to future assignments.
“It’s pretty tough getting assignments this time of year, isn’t it? I’ve only received a few calls all this month…,” she told me.
I agreed that in previous years, the assignments pretty much dried up the last two weeks of the school year, but this month and last was an exception for me. In fact, I told her, I’m subbing the last week of school in a 4th grade class and handing out their final report cards.
“What school district did you work for before retiring and subbing?”
When I disclosed that I hadn’t ever worked in the schools before, she seemed a bit surprised.
“How long have you been subbing since retirement?”
My reply that I had five school years subbing experience under my belt didn’t impress.
“I’ve been subbing for nine years now and even did some long term assignments for several months! You’d think that seniority would count for something...”
I was so dumbfounded by that remark that I didn’t say anything. My tape delayed brain kicked in as the door closed with a mentally conceited rejoinder: “Well, maybe I’m better at it than you! Na Na Na Na Na!!!!”
It was only on the drive home that a different reason came to mind. Maybe it’s not that I’m “better”, but I sure might be “cheaper” to hire than she is.
As a lowly “30-day Emergency Credentialed Substitute”, I am not allowed to work for any single teacher any more than 30 days in any single school year. That means I can’t work any long term assignments in excess of 30 days.
Her comment about long term subbing indicated that she holds an actual teaching credential. As such she most likely gets, as the rumor has it, a higher daily pay rate than I do for ALL subbing assignments.
All else being equal, which would a perpetually, funds-deficit school district prefer to hire for essentially the same job?
Yep, I win…(kinda)!