Loading
Search
TOP STORY

Northwoods school district hopes new law will help fill substitute teacher shortageSubmitted: 10/20/2017
RHINELANDER - Just a year ago, days looked a lot different for Rhinelander's Jane Dunbar. For 27 years up to her 2016 retirement, she built a career.

"I worked for the state health department," she said. "I worked in public health for communicable disease and immunization."

Now, Dunbar picks days she'd like to work as a substitute teacher at Pelican Elementary School.

"I've been doing kindergarten today, and I really like the kindergarten," she said on Wednesday. "They're really active."


The School District of Rhinelander wants more people like Dunbar. Dunbar has no degree in education or history working in schools. But she has an interest in giving back to kids.

"We've had some fabulous substitute teachers," said district Director of Instruction Teri Maney. "We call them guest teachers in Rhinelander."

But Maney wishes she and her principals didn't have to spend so much time figuring out how to cover classes with subs in short supply.

"Everybody steps up and helps out. The principal helps out. There's no one who doesn't step forward," she said. "We've had more of a need for longer-term subs. When we have a longer-term placement, that pulls out of our regular sub pool."

Maney says a statewide sub shortage has been years in the making. But it's a new state law which could help to relieve the problem.

"We see it as great news," Maney said of the law.

Substitute teachers used to need a bachelor's degree to be eligible. The degree could be in any field, not limited to only education.

Now, with a provision passed in the state budget, people with associate's degrees can teach after some district training.

"The degree is not really going to be the first and foremost thing that we're looking at walking into the classroom," Maney said. "It's, how do you interact with kids? How do kids interact with you? What can we do to support those relationships?"

Dunbar has a four-year degree, so she's already covered. But she may soon be joined by others like her with even more diverse levels of education.

"I wanted to do something meaningful for the community," Dunbar said. "Just give it a try."

If you're interested in becoming a substitute teacher, call Gen Luebke at the School District of Rhinelander. The phone number is 715-365-9700, extension 5734.

Story By: Ben Meyer

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story






 LOCAL NEWS
What We're Working onSubmitted: 10/20/2017

- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

We'll tell you how a new state law may help bring in more substitute teacher to the local schools to help out with the shortage.

We'll show you how the Antigo Police Department is rewarding kids who do good deeds.

And tonight on Friday Night Blitz the high school football playoffs begin today. We'll bring you scores from games all across North Central Wisconsin as well as highlights from the following games:


Medford vs. Antigo

Crivitz vs. Laona/Wabeno

Auburndale vs. Crandon


That will be tonight on Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10.

We'll bring you all this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

+ Read More

LINCOLN COUNTY - A man died after his ATV hit a bear in northwest of Tomahawk.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies tell us it happened just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the Town of Wilson.

A 51 year old man had been headed west on County Road CC, east of Poplar Drive.

+ Read More

MADISON - The Natural Resources Board will consider creating dozens of miles of motor sport trails in the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest.

The board is scheduled to vote on an amendment to the forest's master plan on Wednesday.

The amendment calls for developing up to 36 miles of off-road motorcycle trails in the forest.

+ Read More

MADISON - Workers at troubled youth prisons in northern Wisconsin tell a state senator that conditions are chaotic and they are "scared to death."

State Sen. Tom Tiffany released records Friday including emails and descriptions of telephone calls his office received from employees at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons. They share a campus north of Wausau.

+ Read More

Play Video

CRANDON - "It was scary," Kadan Otter said bluntly Thursday, talking about his experience last Friday night at the Crandon football game.

Otter, a sixth grader in Crandon, was playing pickup football behind the bleachers when, he says, he became the victim of a serious threat from a classmate.

"He found me, then he pushed me on the ground, and took out a knife, and then he pointed it at me and he said he's going to kill me," Otter said.

Not long after, Otter said, another threat came from the student.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - The Merrill Police Department need helping finding anyone involved in several acts of vandalism that happened earlier this week.

Brian Schwartz has lived in his home on River Street in Merrill for almost 10 years. His garage, his neighbor's garage, and the public service building down the street were vandalized. Schwartz reported the vandalism to police on Monday. 

Schwartz says this is the first time anyone has vandalized his property.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - When Debby Glebke's friends were going back to the south to escape the Northwoods winter, they asked her to watch their home.

"It makes me feel good to help people, I just want to make their life easier," said Glebke. 

That favor sparked an idea that's lasted more than 20 years Glebke's business Snow Bird Home Watch.

"I have all this ambition or I have a lot of energy," said Glebke. 

When Glebke's husband died about fourteen years ago she turned her energy into an outlet.

"You know we always learn something from a crisis you always learn something good," said Glebke. 

Glebke also got a lot of firsts out of the situation too.

"It feels good just to own your own business, I've never really been in my own business," said Glebke. 

While creating something of her own she gave her grandchildren a new role model.

+ Read More
+ More Local News
Search: 








Click Here