Substitute Teachers @ USD 437

  • 5928 SW 53rd St, Topeka, KS 66610, USA
  • Part-time

Company Description

Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 is a district consisting of 128 square miles of suburban and rural areas in southwest Topeka and Shawnee county. With a current enrollment of more than 6,000 students, we are the 14th largest school district in the state. Presently, we have seven elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, two alternative learning centers, and an early childhood center.

Our schools reflect the commitment to excellence within our community. Above all, we strive for every student to succeed. If academic achievement and student body growth are indicators of success, we are reaching our goal. We consistently rank among the leaders in a variety of test scores, including the ACT and SAT as well as in National Merit Scholarships.

Job Description

Job Title:  Substitute Teacher                                                                        

Reports To:  Building Principal or Designee


Works under the direction of principals or their designees.  Administers the classroom in accordance with Board of Education policies and uses instructional skills to promote the educational development of each student.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Reports to the building principal or school secretary upon arrival at the school building
  • Reviews with the principal, department head, or team leader all plans and schedules to be followed during the teaching day
  • Maintains as fully as possible the established routines and procedures of the school and classroom to which assigned
  • Teaches the lesson outlined and described in the lesson plans as prepared by the absent teacher
  • Consults as appropriate, with the building principal, department head, or team leader before initiating any teaching or other procedures not specified in the lesson plans
  • Assumes responsibility for overseeing pupil behavior in class and during lunch, recess periods, or assigned periods
  • Reports in writing, on the day’s activities at the conclusion of each teaching day
  • Follows all policies, rules, and procedures to which regular teachers are subject and which good teaching practice dictates
  • Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day
  • Supports the District’s educational mission for all students and implements all board regulations and policies in a fair and equitable manner
  • Performs other tasks and assumes other responsibilities as the Superintendent or designee may assign

Rate of Pay 

For the 2021-22 school year, substitute teachers will be paid the rate of $100.00 per full day and $50.00 per half day. Retired and former USD 437 teachers, who retain KSDE teaching certification (not substitute), will receive $105.00 per day and $52.50 per half day.

Approximate Hours 

  • Elementary 8:00-4:00
  • Secondary 7:30-3:30


***NOTE: For your application to be considered, at least 2 reference letters must be uploaded and the EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION sections must be filled out (or a resume provided).  

Qualification Requirements

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Valid Kansas teaching license, standard substitute, or emergency substitute teaching license                                                                        
  • Emergency substitute license holders are required by USD 437 to complete the online STEDI training and pass with at least an 85%. The district pays for this training.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Previous teaching experience preferred
  • Requirements as stipulated by KSDE for required license (

Language Skills 

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general educational reports, professional journals, technical procedures, and regulations.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups and individuals.  Ability to write clearly; keep detailed records; effectively produce reports, letters, and memoranda; and to carry out complex tasks.  Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and to deal with a variety of variables.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Professional Conduct

Employee acknowledges that he/she is required to maintain a high standard of professional conduct.  Breach of said professional conduct includes but is not limited to:  neglect of duty, dishonesty, engagement in acts that are contrary to district policy, unlawful activities, or any other conduct which is seriously prejudicial to the school system.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit, talk, and hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The employee is required to interact with staff and meet the demands from several people.  The employee is responsible for the work output of others.  On occasion, the employee may be required to work extended hours.

Work Environment

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.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.


Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Auburn-Washburn Board of Education policies.

Additional Information

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Auburn-Washburn USD 437 complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Auburn-Washburn USD 437 expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Auburn-Washburn USD 437’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.