Substitute employees

Substitute Office is located at 5617 Grissom Road, San Antonio 78238

TO CURRENT NISD SUBS: The letter of reasonable assurance email was emailed to you on May 21. Please check your email. If it is not in your inbox, check your SPAM folder. If you did not receive it, please come to the Sub Office to pick up the Reasonable Assurance packet and to correct your email address if necessary.
NEW APPLICANTS: Applications for substitute teaching for next school year will resume on June 29. Please go to the page to complete the online application.


Thank you for your interest in one of the most difficult jobs in education--substitute teaching. Very often, children will rely on the skills and abilities of substitute teachers for over one full year of instruction between kindergarten and twelfth grade. NISD recognizes the contributions made by its substitute teachers and supports their efforts toward maintaining continuity of instruction in the absence of the full time teachers.

The purpose of this web site is to provide information and resources that will better enable the substitute teacher to reach this goal.

  • The application must be completed online.
  • Please follow the instructions that are on the Substitute application.
  • Application paperwork will only be accepted during the times and on the dates listed in the instructions.

The decision to become a substitute teacher is not one that should be made lightly. Anyone considering this employment opportunity should be armed with as much information as is available regarding what is required both to become a substitute and to succeed as a substitute after hiring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-hire questions
  1. Why would someone want to be a substitute teacher?
  2. What is expected of substitute teachers?
  3. What are the steps in becoming a substitute teacher?
  4. Why do I have to attend an "Orientation" session?
  5. Where can I find the information on qualifications, salary, and application procedures for substitute employment?
  6. What is the difference between substitute teachers and para-professional substitutes?
  7. Is any training available to the new substitute teacher?
  8. What grade levels or subjects can I teach as a substitute?
  9. Do substitutes have to teach at all the District schools?
  10. What is special education? Will I be able to substitute in classes with "special needs" children?
  11. Will the substitute teachers be treated with respect? Can they expect any support from the school staff?
  12. Where can I get additional information on becoming a full time, certified teacher?
  13. Can retired employees be hired as substitutes? If so, are there any restrictions I should be aware of?
Post-hire questions
  1. After I substitute for a while, can I change the campuses and subjects taught?
  2. I am having trouble with the SmartFind Express System. What do I do?
  3. What should substitute teachers do if they have to cancel a job they have already accepted?
  4. Substitutes must be evaluated the first three times they accept jobs in the District. Are the completed evaluations available to the substitute? Can additional copies of the evaluations be requested by the substitutes?
  5. Since one of the basic assumptions schools have for substitute teacher is that they will follow the teachers' lesson plans, what do subs do if the teacher has left no lesson plans for the substitute?
  6. Are there other sources of information on lesson plans I can use in preparing for a particular substitute teaching assignment?
  7. How do substitutes prepare for the beginning of the day and what do they do when the students arrive in the classroom?
  8. When substitute teachers have difficulty carrying out their duties, whether because of poor lesson plans or severe discipline problems, to whom can they turn for help?
  9. Should substitutes allow students to visit the school nurse every time they ask to do so? What if they are faking an illness to get out of class?
  10. What about restroom passes? Should substitutes let students go to the restroom every time they say they need to?
  11. How are substitute teachers expected to handle discipline problems in the classroom?
  12. I sometimes get called to substitute for a special education teacher, but I'm not sure what to expect. Where can I get more information of special needs students and the classes and programs in which I might be working?
  13. I didn't sign up to substitute in a special education classroom. Why are there special education students in the regular classrooms?
  14. What is the legal liability of substitute teachers?
  15. Can substitute teachers share their religious beliefs with students in the classroom?
  16. How do I continue working as a substitute from year to year?
  17. Where can I get additional information on becoming a full time, certified teacher?
  18. Who do I contact for information about my paycheck?