Substitute teacher finds value in her work at Ontario School District

Becca Henderson substitute teaches a class at May Roberts Elementary School in Ontario School District, Thursday, Oct. 7. (The Enterprise/LILIANA FRANKEL)

ONTARIO – Becca Henderson became a substitute teacher in a season of high demand.

Officials at the Malheur Education Service District say that the list of available substitute teachers, already short before the pandemic, has shrunk by half since March of last year, to only about 61 substitutes for all of Malheur County.

For now Henderson, who has seven years of experience, is content with the job, finding a better work-life balance than her previous position as a full-time seventh-grade English teacher in Parma. 

“In the past I spent a lot of evenings and weekends planning and prepping for my students’ success,” Henderson said.

As a substitute, “I . . .