Substitute teachers in Humboldt County were recently honored at the Subbies award event to recognize exemplary substitute teachers in the county’s schools.
County office launches ‘Subbies’ to recognize substitute teachers
COE provides qualified substitute teachers to LEAs throughout the county
July 1, 2024
The Humboldt County Office of Education celebrated the vital contributions of substitute teachers at its inaugural Subbies awards ceremony on May 29. Approximately 30 exemplary substitute educators were recognized for their outstanding service to students across the county’s 40 school districts and charter schools.
“Substitute teachers are vital to the success of our schools,” said Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools Michael Davies-Hughes in his welcome speech. “When our regular teachers are absent, you step in to ensure that our students continue to receive a quality education. Your job requires a great deal of flexibility, quick thinking and dedication. You often come into unfamiliar classrooms and still manage to keep things running smoothly. This ability to adapt is crucial for our students’ learning and growth.”
The Subbies event is coordinated by HCOE’s Substitute Teaching Consortium, which provides qualified substitute teacher staffing to educational institutions throughout Humboldt County. The county office vets and trains all of the substitutes, in addition to providing fingerprinting and TB testing. The county office has trained over 450 substitutes and maintains 250 in their database for district and charter access. This consortium helps remove barriers for substitutes to work in various districts and charters across the county and eases the burden of schools that need to find substitute teachers.
“Our substitute teachers play an essential role in ensuring continuous, high-quality instruction when our regular classroom teachers are absent,” said Marika Myrick, Credential Services manager at HCOE. “The Subbies gives us the chance to express our deep gratitude for these dedicated professionals who step in at a moment’s notice to support our students.”
The honorees were nominated by school administrators for consistently going above and beyond in their substitute roles. The awardees received engraved cutting boards made by Career Technical Education students under the tutelage of Ian Hall, CTE teacher.
For more information, visit hcoe.org/hr or contact Marika Myrick at HR@hcoe.org or 707-445-7039.