Substitute Teacher

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Substitute Teacher



The following guidelines will be in effect for the 2020-21 school year concerning substitute teachers.
The Iowa Department of Education has made the following changes for 2020-2021 substitute teaching options:
Please review this document.  


  2. Provisional, Educational, Substitute or Professional Certificate. A four year degree.
  3. Teaching days 1-15  - $116.00/day
  4. 1/2 teaching day -  $ 58.00


  1. Each substitute teacher must have on file in the Central Administration Office:
  2. Valid Dept of Education, Provisional, Professional, or Substitute Certificate.
  3. Letter of application (full application submitted through Teach Iowa) for substitute teaching position.
  4. Physical examination form. Required for all employees for placement on active substitute list; to be updated every three  years at a Cost to be borne by the employee.
  5. Clean background check and fingerprinting.  

After fifteen (15) consecutive days in the same substitute teaching position, the substitute teacher will be placed on the salary schedule at the B.A. base salary on the first (1st) experience level. (FY21 pay band level will be $173.36.)

  1. The pay for a substitute teacher who is employed for a half-day or less shall be one-half day of pay. A substitute teacher who is employed for more than one-half day shall be a full rate of pay.
  2. The administration will attempt to employ certified substitute teachers whenever possible, however, for limited periods of time, or in those situations when no one is available, regular teachers may be asked to assist.

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners - information on requirements to substitute teach:

Job Description

TITLE:   Substitute /Teacher

REPORTS TO:  Building Principal
JOB GOAL:  To help students learn concepts and skills of a particular subject matter. This learning will contribute to the students’ development as mature, able, and responsible men and women.


FLSA STATUS:              x        Exempt           


  1. Certificate, Teaching License or other legal credential required.
  2. Degree(s) required and area of major subject.
  3. Prior job experience (if necessary or preferred).
  4. High Qualified Teacher credentials.




  1. Demonstrate the ability to enhance academic performance and support for and implementation of the District’s student achievement goals.
  2. Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated.
  3. Plan a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students through the use of differentiated instruction.
  4. Use research-based instructional strategies to deliver instruction that meets the multiple learning needs of all students.
  5. Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
  6. Prepare for classes assigned and shows lesson plans, evidence of preparation upon the request of immediate superior.
  7. Encourage students to set and maintain standards of classroom behavior.
  8. Guide the learning process toward the achievement of Standards and Benchmarks, establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to communicate these objectives to students.
  9. Strive to implement by instruction and action the District’s philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives.
  10. Assess the accomplishment of students on a regular basis, provides progress reports as required and provides parental communications regarding the student.
  11. Use a variety of research-based methods to monitor student learning.
  12. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  13. Maintain accurate and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulation.
  14. Assist the administration in implementing all policies and rules governing student procedures and conduct, and, for the classroom, develops reasonable rules of classroom behavior and procedure, and maintains order in the classroom in a fair and just manner.
  15. Develop the knowledge and ability to implement Iowa Teaching Standards.
  16. Make provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable and contractual terms.
  17. Plan and supervise purposeful assignments for teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s) and, cooperates with department heads and provides input in their job performance.
  18. Strive to maintain and improve professional competence by learning and using research- based strategies.
  19. Fulfill professional responsibilities established by the District.
  20. Perform other job related duties as assigned.

*all other duties as assigned
This position will flucturate in regard to hours and days.  No guarantee of work hours or days.  

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Must be able to lift, push, pull 50 - 100 lbs.  Must be able to stand, walk, move about quickly, reslient with energy level, use of arms and legs.  

WORKING CONDITIONS:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Working conditions may vary:  very warm to very cool temps, indoors and outdoor conditions.  Position will fluctuate with hours and expectations.  


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Days of service as specified. Substitute daily rate = $116.00

EVALUATION:  Performance of this job will be evaluated by the administration. 


Approved by: ______________________________________ Date: _____________


Reviewed and agreed to by ____________________________ Date: _____________


(This job description contains only measurable performance responsibilities).


The statements contained herein describe the scope of responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.  Nothing in this job description restricts management rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job unless restricted by a negotiated contract.



Questions regarding hiring, handbooks or any other Human Resources topic, please contact Director Melody Spence in Central Office at 319-228-8701 Ext. 505 or

Link to all District Documents - Human Resources

Benton Community Administration:

Administration Office Address

304 First Street · P.O. Box 70 · Van Horne, IA  52346 · (319) 228-8701 · Fax (319) 228-8254


·        Dr. Pamela Ewell – Superintendent

·        Douglas D. Embray – Assoc. Superintendent, School Business Official

·        Dr. James Bieschke - Associate Superintendent

·        Rob Arnold – Principal, Middle School & High School           

·        Shawn Pfiffner – Activities Director & Assoc. MS/HS Principal

·        Ryan Junge – MS/HS Assoc. Principal, Dir. of Student Services

·        Phillip Eastman – Principal, Norway Intermediate Center                             

·        Jason West – Principal, Atkins Elementary Center

·        Anna Upah – Principal, Keystone Elem. Center, Dir. of Curriculum and Instructional Services


Benton Community CSD

Benton Community Schools is a PK-12 public school located in east central Iowa. The District has four student attendance centers: Atkins Elementary Center (PK-3), Keystone Elementary Center (PK-3), Norway Intermediate Center (4-6), and the MS/HS (7-12).

Benton Community SD Mission Statement:  "Quality Education for a Lifetime of Learning"

Superintendent Message:

The Benton Community School District provides outstanding opportunities for the students, from preschool through high school. From a caring, committed professional staff of teachers and administrators to excellent and safe learning facilities, from the fine arts to athletics, Benton Community SD provides an environment where children feel they belong.

The great success of our students is directly related to the quality of the teachers and support staff at Benton. Our employees take pride in their commitment to quality education. They just don’t teach, but they are actively involved in the development of each student. They are also involved in developing their own professional skills.

Also important to student success is the dedication and commitment of the Board of Education, parents, patrons, and every individual who plays an integral role in the growth and development of the school community’s young people. Their contributions ensure that Benton Community is a place to grow and learn. The goal of the school district is to make sure students are college and career ready as they graduate and shape them in their important role as outstanding citizens.

The most important factor that helps make Benton Community successful is the expectation that students do their best and that the school community does its best to help them. That cooperation creates an environment where everyone can succeed because of common aspirations and goals. Benton Community believes and practices its mission – to provide a “quality education for a lifetime of learning”. The core values of educational excellence, a caring environment, continuous growth, and team work provide the framework and support for our important work.

Benton Community is a place to enjoy! It’s a place that lets you get involved in things that really matter – the education of our children, the development of the community, and the quality of life. Perhaps the best way to find out about Benton Community is to talk to the people who live here. The reasons that brought them here and the reasons they stay show why Benton Community is a “place to belong”.

Dr. Pamela Ewell
Superintendent of Schools

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Benton Community is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Inquiries by employees or applicants for employment regarding compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, should be directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator by writing to the District Affirmative
Action Coordinator, Benton Community School District, P.O. Box 70, Van Horne, Iowa, 52346, or by telephoning 319-228-8701. Inquiries related to sex discrimination, including claims of sexual harassment
pursuant to Title IX, should be directed to Phillip Eastman, Title IX Coordinator, 100 School Drive, Norway, Iowa, 52346, (319) 227-7142,

Inquiries by employees or applicants for employment regarding compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, 500 W. Madison St., Suite 2000, Chicago, IL. 60661, (800) 669-4000 or TTY (800) 669-6820. or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1004, (515) 281-4121 or 1-800-457-4416, This inquiry or complaint to the federal office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.
Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school district’s central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.

The Benton Community School District has an established policy of Equal Employment Opportunity with respect to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The district has an established policy of taking affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment and advancement of women, minorities and disabled. The district expects the administration to know of and fully accept the equal opportunity and affirmative action policies and to make certain that no employee or applicant for employment shall suffer any form of discrimination because of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.


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Benton Community School District

304 1st St , Van Horne, IA 52346

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304 1st Street , Van Horne, IA 52346