Substitute information

You can impact a child's future by becoming a substitute for Garland ISD. Our district has teaching and aide (clerical) positions open at all grade levels.

Substitute posing with students

As a substitute, you can:

  • Earn extra income (up to $135 a day)
  • Set your own schedule
  • Stay active
  • Support a teacher on leave
  • Gain valuable transferable experience
    that can translate to other career opportunities
I love GISD. I love it so much that it’s been almost 3 years since I started subbing...if you’ve been thinking about subbing, think no longer!

---Monetta, GISD parent and substitute

Becoming a substitute

Substitutes in GISD are paid by day and position:

  • GISD Retired Teacher: $135
  • TX Certified Teacher: $115
  • Degreed Teacher (Associate, 48 hours of college or Bachelor): $100
  • Instructional Aide: $85
  • Non-Instructional Aide: $75

See the 2021-22 Substitute Pay Schedule and Pay Rates (PDF) document for details.

Please note: Applicants must be able to work at least two to three days a week.


Substitute aides

Substitute aides work as classroom aides and any other paraprofessional aide positions that require a substitute. To be an aide, you must have a High School diploma or equivalent.

Substitute teachers

Substitute teachers work in the classroom with students, supporting teachers on leave. Substitute teachers must have one of the following:

  • 48 hours of college
  • Associates' degree

  • Bachelor’s degree

Substitute teachers may pick the grade levels they want to work in. TX Certified applicants will be given first priority. Those with degrees will be considered for professional positions after all certified applicants have been placed.


All substitute applications are submitted using Frontline Recruiting.
Applicants must be able to work at least two to three days a week. If you do not find a job posting, please check back. New postings are made as they become available.

  1. Select "substitute" on the homepage under vacancies.
  2. Click the Apply button next to a Substitute position in Job Listings.

  3. A pop-up will appear. Click "Start" to begin filling out your application.

After you submit your information, you will get a confirmation number. Your information will be saved, so you can return at any time to submit more applications.

If chosen, you will receive an email invitation with all hiring details.
If you do not get an email invite for that job posting and you are still interested, apply for the next substitute job posting.

Apply to be a substitute

Things to note:

  • You do not have to complete all the steps in a single session. You may save and return to finish it within 25 days.
  • The application has multiple steps and will take about 30 minutes to an hour. You must fill in all required fields.
  • Do not type in all capital letters.

Texas state law requires all substitutes to be fingerprinted to be allowed to work in a public school. Certified teachers who have been digitally fingerprinted for certification purposes will not need to do this.

If you are recommended for hire as a substitute and you have not been fingerprinted through TEA, you will receive a service code to set up your fingerprinting with IdentoGo. You will need:

  • A state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  • $50 for the fingerprinting fee* 

*Note: Previous fingerprinting that you may have completed for a real estate license, nursing license, or daycare will not be accepted by the state. The district cannot reimburse applicants for fingerprinting.

Long-term pay rates

If you work longer than 10 days in a row in the same substitute teaching position*, you will get an increase in pay on the 11th day without a break in service. As long as you do not miss a full day, long-term pay will continue. Half-days do not break the sequence. Pay will usually be as follows:

• Degreed: $135
• Texas certified: $150
• GISD retirees: $150

Handley and Lyles have different long-term pay rates:
• Degreed: $148
• Certified: $165
• GISD retirees: $168

*This does not apply to aide positions.

Working as a substitute

 Before you report to work, substitutes should:

  1. Check the campus website and their individual substitute page.

  2. Read the 2021-22 Substitute Handbook.

  3. Get in contact with campus staff for daily instructions.

Get assignments or submit absences with Frontline

emptyCurrent substitutes can use the Frontline Absence Management app or website to see information to let campuses know about absences.

Note: If you are unable to use the browser application or mobile app, use the Call-In System: 1-800-942-3767

Go to Frontline Absence Management

A person logging in to the Frontline education mobile appUsing the Frontline absence management mobile app

Once you have logged in with your Frontline ID Account username and password, the resources below will help guide you to navigate the app and accept jobs.

Share your sub experience

We’d love for our substitutes to share their experience on social media. Be a part of the conversation by using the hashtags #BelieveinGISD and #GISDSuperSub.

Contact us

For substitute assistance, contact:

Lisa Clark
Substitute Office Manager

Blanca Moctezuma
Substitute Office Secretary