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Government of the United States Virgin Islands Department of Education

POSITION: Substitute Teacher


A substitute teacher is a very important person to students, to the school staff and to the community. No substitute teacher is committed to any specific school, but rather steps in at a moment’s notice and helps to maintain continuity. While the absence of the regular teacher can mean an interruption of the educational program, the District Superintendent or Designee or building Principal will utilize the substitute list to contact a qualified and well prepared Substitute Teacher to ensure that no class is left uncovered on any given day, and in dire emergencies, uncovered for no longer than two class periods from the start of each day.


  • Reports  to  the  school  office  when  contacted  to  sign  in  and  pick  up  required material/schedule of classes and the end of the school day to return materials;
  • Carries out a program of study prescribed in the lesson left by the classroom teacher;
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity of the students;
  • Guides  the  learning  process  towards  the  achievement  of  the  curriculum  goals  and objectives as indicated in the lesson plans for the lessons, units, or projects assigned;
  • Maintains a neat and orderly classroom; straightens chairs, tables, clears chalkboard, etc.
  • Maintains as fully as possible the established routines and procedures of the school and classroom to which assigned;
  • Maintains accurate, complete and correct records as required by law, district policy and administrative regulation pertaining to teacher and students;
  • Maintains a professional appearance as an example to students;
  • Takes attendance in accordance to school procedures;
  • Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting lesson objectives;
  • Insures that students are never left unattended in the classroom;
  • Knows procedures for referring students with disciplinary problems;
  • Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students; equipment, materials and facilities;
  • Performs other related duties consistent with the position as directed by the respective Principal or Superintendent.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a teaching area from an Accredited University or College


  • On an as needed basis only and/or when called upon by the district
  • Complaints made by a Superintendent or School Principal about a Substitute Teacher may result in the removal of the substitute from the Substitute Teacher listing.

“No person shall be discriminated against in employment or in any educational program or activity offered by the Virgin Islands Department of Education on account of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, handicap or age.”

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St. Thomas

1834 Kongens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: 340-774-0100

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM


St. Croix

2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820
Phone: 340-773-1095

Curriculum Center:
Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM

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