Substitute Teachers

Current Substitute Teachers

Substitute News:

Registration is now open for the August 2nd Substitute Kick-Off Conference!

All LPS substitutes are invited to attend the Substitute Kick-Off Conference to be held on August 2, 2019 at North Star High School. The conference will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout sessions include Understanding PBiS Strategies, Cultural Proficiency, Media Center Subbing, TAS(WFM)/SmartFind, Connected Classrooms, Subbing in Specials, Curriculum Overview, School Safety, Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Students, and High School subbing tips from LPS’s very own 2019 NDE Teacher of the Year, Sydney Jensen.

To register, visit the LPS Staff Professional Learning website. Click Login for LPS Staff and search for course #22039. Check your LPS email for additional instructions.

Seating is limited so register early! There will be no Professional Growth Points or Salary Advancement Credits awarded for the conference.

2019-20 Reactivation is now closed

The deadline to complete your reactivation for the 2019-20 school year was May 21, 2019. If you did not reactivate by this deadline, your substitute position has been inactivated. You will need to reapply through the LPS job listings page.

Thank you to all the substitutes who attended the 2019 Substitute Winter Conference!  Your participation at the conference is important to us, and we value your interest and desire to participate in the LPS learning community.  Human Resources would like to personally thank all that attended the conference, including our substitute paraprofessionals.
Committed to you,
Vann, Bess and Kren

January 4, 2019 Substitute Winter Conference attendees: Jane Aalborg, Alia Aljamal, Kimberly Bax, Lorie Berdnt, Gloria Best, Jody Bogner, Julie Bowman, Paula Brown, Kelly Dugdale, Sally Dunham, Nancy Dyas, Luis Fajardo Linares, Russ Freeman, Jennifer Garza, Michele Geswein, Lisa Gustafson, Mary Hamilton, Delwin Hodgin, Andrew Jablonski, Patricia Jensen, Julie Johnson, Joan Kamerzell, Gayle Krueger, Jacob Lozier, Lakin MacGregor, Kent Mattson, Kevin Miller, Lindsey Mueller, Vic Pearson, Lauren Phillips, Ross Pickel, Tom Price, Norman Regier, Kathy Reinke, Jesse Reynolds, Judy Rung, Jeffrey Sayre, Pat Schied, Theresa Stehlik, Jill Stohs, Grayson Vaughn, Rachel Veenendaal, Hendrik Viljoen, Evann Vrana, Julie Walstrom, Mary Wenzl, Nancy Woodward, and Gina Zabloudil.



Substitutes are to read and be familiar with the Substitute Teacher Handbook – Guide to Successful Substitute Teaching. Be sure to review the Safety and Security section which includes information about standard response protocols, infection control, and food allergies and the Working with Students section with information on Reporting Child Abuse and Harassment policies. There is valuable information for substitute teachers throughout the entire handbook.

Substitutes are also responsible for knowing the information in the Hourly Employee Handbook.  Substitute teachers are highly encouraged to review both handbooks annually.  Links to both the Substitute Teacher Handbook and the Hourly Employee Handbook are found below.


Substitute Essential Information for Success

Substitute Teacher Advisor Committee, Conferences, and Important Dates

Technology Assistance

Technology as a tool used in teaching and learning is no longer a “sometimes” thing. It is an “every day” thing in LPS. These changes place new expectations on the substitute teachers who keep things running smoothly while our classroom teachers are away. Following is a link to a page that contains helpful resources for substitute teachers who are getting started using some of the most commonly used tech tools across LPS. Subs are also welcome to attend any workshop offered by Computing Services in the catalog. [Note: workshops held in the labs at LPSDO enable a computer for substitute use.] 

Other Sites/Resources

Substitute Teacher Applicants

Substitute Teacher applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Please visit the job listings page to apply.

Please see the LPS Employment Opportunities web page to sign up for the Job Alerts weekly email of job listings. 

To apply or view the current list of employment opportunities, click here to enter the Lincoln Public Schools Recruitment SystemCarefully review the three substitute teacher applications described below to select the position you are eligible for (do not apply for more than one). Applying for the wrong position can delay the hiring process.

  • Certified Substitute Teachers are individuals who hold a bachelor degree or higher in education (or will be graduating soon) and have (or are in the process of getting) a Nebraska teaching certificate. Some teaching certificate examples are: Professional, Standard, Initial, and State Substitute.
  • Certified Substitute Teachers – Current, Former, or Retired Teachers are individuals who have been hired as certified employees (current or former) with Lincoln Public Schools. Must have a valid Nebraska teaching certificate. (This application does not require transcripts or retaking the Gallop survey as part of the application process.)
  • Local Substitute Teachers are individuals who hold a bachelor degree or higher in something other than education or are teacher education students of senior standing preparing to student teach. This permit allows for a student teacher to sub for their cooperating teacher when absent.

In order to prevent processing delays of your application, when completing a substitute teacher application, please be sure to include email addresses for a minimum of three professional teaching references and upload your unofficial transcripts and teaching certificate. Original official transcripts and teaching certificate will be required for Human Resources at the time of hire.

You will also be asked to complete a Gallup online interview called the Teacher Insight Survey. After you submit your application, you will find a link for the Gallup interview located under the Application Status tab of your account.

Only complete applications will be processed and can take up to 4-6 weeks to finalize. Incomplete applications will be reviewed every two weeks and will be closed if still incomplete. Applicants will be notified via email when they are ready for hire.

Local Substitute Teacher Applicant Information

Local substitute teachers are those who hold a bachelor degree or higher in something other than education or are teacher education students of senior standing preparing to student teach.

Local Substitute Requirements

Local Substitute Teacher Orientations

After applying for the Local Substitute Teacher position, applicants must attend a mandatory orientation before being considered for employment. Orientations will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the LPS district office on the following dates:

  • Friday – May 3, 2019, 1st semester (Fall 2019) student teachers are encourage to attend
  • Thursday – August 15, 2019
  • Tuesday – September 24, 2019
  • Thursday – October 3, 2019
  • Friday – November 8, 2019
  • Friday – December 6, 2019
  • Thursday – January 9, 2020
  • Monday – February 3, 2020

Local Sub Orientation Packet

To register:  AFTER you have submitted the LPS Local Substitute Teacher application, email the orientation date you would like to attend to Kren Shellhase at with “Orientation Registration” in the subject line. Kren will confirm your registration via email.

Teacher Education Students:

  • Should attend an orientation session the semester prior to student teaching.
  • Should attend an orientation session in a timely manner to allow the 6 to 8 week certification process to be completed early in the semester of student teaching.
  • Meet the Nebraska Department of Education Human Relations requirement before applying to the NDE for certification.
  • MUST complete the LPS Local Substitute application prior to registering for the orientation.

Human Resources support staff contacts:

  • Certified substitutes (i.e. Teacher, Nurse, Psychologist, SLP):  Kren Shellhase,, 402-436-1588
  • Paraeducator substitutes: Tenisa Hall,, 402-436-1583
  • OT/PT, Health Tech, Treatment Nurse substitutes: Stacy Wilkinson,, 402-436-1382
  • Accompanist, Athletic Trainer, Campus Supervisor substitutes: Gina Cookus,, 402-436-1587
  • Office, Transportation, Food Service substitutes: Cherry Cornell,, 402-4361590