Substitute Teachers

Current Substitute Teachers

Substitute News:

Sub Incentives for the 23-24 School Year

We are so excited to be able to offer these incentives to you as a way of saying thank you for your commitment to subbing nearly every day!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us – Jenny, Darbi, or Caitlin.

As a valuable member of the Lincoln Public Schools’ team, We are excited to announce the continuation of a substitute teacher incentive to reward your hard work and dedication. 

Starting August 15th, each month you choose to substitute for Lincoln Public Schools at least 75% of the days possible, you will receive a $150 bonus. 
Additionally, if you choose to substitute all Mondays OR all Fridays possible within a given month you will also receive a $150 bonus.

These incentives will run for the entirety of the 2023-24 school year.

August (13 student days)

Sub 10 days during August  $150 bonus
Sub every Monday school is in session, August 
8/14, 8/21, 8/28
$150 bonus
Sub every Friday school is in session, August 
8/18, 8/25
$150 bonus
Total potential bonuses for the month $450 bonus

Please know that these incentives are applicable to anyone that subs on a daily basis (full or half days), including long term substitute assignments. 
We will be running a report each month to identify those who reach each criteria and payment will be added to the next pay check automatically without any additional notification needed from you.

We are so excited to be able to offer these incentives to you as a way of saying thank you for your commitment to subbing nearly every day!

Additional compensation is being provided at our elementary and middle schools due to the current higher unfilled rate at these schools.  These schools include:  

West Lincoln

Middle Schools:

There will be an additional $29 added to the daily rate of pay at these schools. This includes daily, as well as, the long term subbing assignments (long term pay begins on the 11th consecutive day at the same assignment). 

Daily Local Substitute Rate: $155.44 +  $29 = $184.44 (as of November 7, 2022)

Daily Certified Substitute Rate: $171.77 +  $29 = $200.77 (as of November 7, 2022)

Long Term Local Substitute Rate: $171.87 + $29 = $200.87 (as of November 7, 2022)

Long Term Certified Substitute Rate: $188.20 +  $29 = $217.20 (as of November 7, 2022)

Our goal is not that we would experience higher unfilled rates at other buildings. We hope that you are  able to increase the number of days that you sub for us, choosing one of our four schools mentioned above. Thank you for your continued support by choosing to substitute teach with Lincoln Public Schools. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Long Term Subs: 

We are creating a list for substitutes that prefer Long Term assignments. If you are available and willing to sub in long term substitute assignments (more than 10 days in the same assignment), please respond by clicking on the link below and adding your name to the list. We will use this as a priority list that principals can use when they have assignments that need to be filled. Remember to routinely check the Substitute Web Page, Substitute Teacher Technology Assistance Web Page, and your LPS email for updated information.


Technology Assistance

In-Person Chromebook and SmartFind Orientation for Substitute Teachers
To further support instruction in LPS, all subs will need to obtain a LPS Chromebook from Computing Services.
You can start subbing prior to attending the Chromebook Orientation.
To pick up your Chromebook prior to your orientation, call Computing Services Help Desk at (402)436-1735.

Substitute Teacher Laptop Pickup & Tech Orientation
Course #24195
Description: This session is for current LPS substitute teachers to receive a LPS Chromebook and basic instruction on using it to support instruction.
It will also include an overview of SmartFind, the system that substitute teachers use to find and manage their jobs.

Please bring your LPS badge and LPS username so that we can double check against the list of subs provided by Human Resources.
To sign up:
Go to
Log In
Search for Course # 24195
Click Register next to the session that you plan to attend
Click Next

You are now registered and will receive an email confirmation.

If you are new to Chromebooks, be sure to watch the Quick Orientation video embedded in the page. (LPS keyword:  YEOW)

Technology used in teaching and learning places new expectations on the substitute teachers who ensure our students continue learning while their classroom teacher is away. Subs are also welcome to attend any workshop offered by Computing Services in the catalog. 

Helpful Links as you start your substitute position with LPS


LPS Portal 


SmartFind: Substitute SmartFind User Guide

SmartFind – Substitute Information

Sub Center homepage

Substitute Technology Support 

Substitute Chromebook Page
If you are new to Chromebooks, be sure to watch the Quick Chromebook Orientation video embedded in the page. (LPS keyword:  YEOW)


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 Teacher Applicants

Substitute Teacher applications are now being accepted for the 2023-24 school year.
To apply or view the current list of employment opportunities, click here to enter the Lincoln Public Schools Recruitment System

Carefully 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.

  • Local Substitute Teachers are individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in an area other than Education or are currently a college student in a Teacher Program (minimum of 60 completed college credit hours) preparing to student teach. This permit allows for a student teacher to sub for their cooperating teacher when absent. Student Teachers are responsible for adhering to their university’s policy for subbing while student teaching. Please refer to your program advisor for specific restrictions.
  • Certified Substitute Teachers are individuals who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Education and have a Nebraska teaching certificate. Accepted NDE Teaching Certificates 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 information that is already within the employee’s file or retaking the Gallup survey as part of the application process.)

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 references and upload your unofficial transcripts and teaching certificate. Official transcripts and teaching certificate will be required for Human Resources at the time of hire.

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 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 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom on the following dates:

  • Tuesday- August 15, 2023
  • Tuesday-  August 29, 2023
  • Tuesday- September 12, 2023
  • Tuesday- October 24, 2023
  • Tuesday- November 7, 2023
  • Tuesday- December 5, 2023
  • Tuesday- January 9, 2024
  • Tuesday- February 6, 2024

AFTER you have submitted the LPS Local Substitute Teacher application, email the orientation date you would like to attend to with “Orientation Registration” in the subject line. You will receive an email confirmation.

Current 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.

Substitute Teacher Advisor Committee, Conferences, and Important Dates

Substitute Essential Information for Success

Other Sites/Resources

Human Resources support staff contacts:

  • Certified substitutes (Teacher, Nurse, Psychologist, SLP): Caitlin Marrow,, 402-436-1588
  • Paraeducator substitutes: Sapphire Munford,, 402-436-1583
  • Accompanist, OT/PT, Health Tech, Treatment Nurse substitutes: Kelsey Larsen,, 402-436-1582
  • Athletic Trainer, Campus Supervisor, Transportation substitutes:  Kate Burger,, 402-436-1583
  • Office and Nutrition Service substitutes: Cherry Cornell,, 402-436-1590