First-year teacher Amber Smith began her career as a long-term substitute at KIPP Mosaic Primary in 2020. She had just started the teacher certification program when she was offered to teach kindergarteners virtually as a substitute.
“I just fell in love with the KIPP Mosaic family, and I knew when the assignment was over that I wanted to stay. But before I could ask them about any open positions, they extended the offer to me,” said Amber Smith.
One year later, the former substitute is now a full-time and fully certified 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at KIPP Mosaic Academy. “Having gone through things as a child, I know how critical this age is, and I’m able to connect with students and let them know that I realize they’re going through things and dealing with a lot at home. I know that if students come here and even one teacher can reach them, it’ll make a world of difference. I want to provide that at least for one student if I can. That has just been my passion,” Smith said.
Substitute teachers are essential in our schools and provide a vital link in a KIPPster’s education when their teachers are away. Take it from Ms. Smith: There’s no better way to launch a career in education than as a substitute teacher!