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MNPS Offers Federal Workers Avenue for Income and Impact in Midst of Government Shutdown

Nashville, Tennessee – (January 15, 2019) – With the government shutdown entering its third week, Metro Nashville Public Schools is providing an option to help workers who need income and schools that need support.

MNPS is encouraging federal workers to consider filling in as substitute teachers. In addition to helping address classroom vacancies when permanent teachers are ill, on vacation, engaged in professional development or other reasons, it provides an avenue to earn potential income upwards of $1,300 every two weeks.

“We understand this is a tough time for many families impacted by what is happening at the national level,” said Amber Tyus, MNPS director of talent acquisition. “We believe this is a way for workers to find employment that benefits them and the thousands of young people we serve in this district every day.”

As one of the nation’s largest urban, public school districts, MNPS consistently works to recruit those interested in serving as substitutes. Currently, there are approximately 1,300 substitutes working in the district, but 2,200 are needed to accommodate about 550 teacher absences daily. According to Tyus, the district typically has to call four substitutes to try to fill one teacher absence.

“We recognize our substitute teachers play an integral part in educating the students of MNPS,” Tyus added. “They work to help us maintain excellence in our classrooms and offices, as well as ensuring all students receive a great education – even when their teacher is out of the classroom.”

Last year, substitute teachers in Metro Schools received a pay increase making its substitute teacher workforce the highest paid in the region. For those on the fence about teaching, substituting is an opportunity to determine if the profession is a fit.

Individuals interested in substitute teaching opportunities may e-mail recruitment@mnps.org regarding the application process or visit http://www.mnps.org/mnps-careers. Applicants must complete the online application, submit official college transcripts, complete and clear a background check, complete and pass an online subskills training course, and submit a photocopy of their social security card for payroll purposes. When provided all appropriate paperwork by the applicant, it can take less than two weeks to process qualified candidates for hire



Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing more than 85,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook/MetroSchools.