Penmac Staffing Services, Inc., a premier provider of staffing and human resource services, recently introduced Penmac Education Staffing. This substitute teacher program will not only assist school districts in recruiting, screening, training, and managing qualified substitute teachers and paraprofessionals, but will also ensure district compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For the 2015-2016 School Year, Penmac Education Staffing will partner with Neosho R-5, Glenwood R-VII, Laclede County R-I, Lebanon R-III, Willard R-2, and Republic R-III school districts.
Those who are interested in subbing for these districts, including substitutes who have worked for these schools in the past, should apply through their local Penmac Staffing branch. A Missouri Substitute Certificate is required. Full-time substitute teachers are eligible for Penmac’s health and retirement benefits. Penmac will use Aesop, an online substitute management program that allows substitute teachers to specify availability, set assignment preferences, and communicate with classroom teachers.
Penmac has been successful in providing substitute teachers in the 2014-2015 school year for the Neosho, Missouri R-5 School District. Timothy S. Crawley, Neosho Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, said, “The service through Penmac has allowed our district to have a one-stop location for all teacher subs, and we anticipate that it will save the district money and addresses concerns that we had for ACA compliance and record keeping.”
Penmac’s founder, Patti Penny, and president, Paula Adams, both have a passion for education, and have served on school boards in both Republic, MO, and Springfield, MO. Penmac Education Staffing has also enlisted Dr. Pam Hedgpeth, former superintendent of Republic Schools and coordinator for Missouri’s Education Leadership Development Program (MOLEAD) to help design and develop this program. Dr. Hedgpeth notes, “These schools are taking an innovative approach in ensuring quality substitutes are provided when a classroom teacher must be absent. Penmac will ease the district’s burden by managing all payroll and benefits processes.”
Penmac Education knows that high quality substitutes are essential—most students have a substitute teacher for nearly one year of their K-12 school career, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. Penmac Education is continually recruiting qualified personnel, including retired teachers who have already accumulated a wealth of experience. Once candidates are recruited, Penmac completes National, State, and County background checks, education verification, references, drug screens, and any other customized solutions tailored to a district’s specific needs. Our skilled professionals take care of the hiring and orientation processes as well. Substitute teachers are provided training and support at the classroom level.
Penmac Staffing CEO Tim Massey said, “We are excited to be able to work with leaders in the education field, and have a direct impact on students and their success in the classroom. This program is a natural extension of our decades of staffing experience and our belief in the power of education to strengthen our workforce.” School administrators interested in this program should contact Pam Hedgpeth at 417-234-2903. Those interested in substitute teaching should visit https://penmac.com/teach to apply.