Weird substitute stories from FHS students


Graphic by Shraddha Siriam

Substitutes, the temporary fill-ins for our teachers; love them or hate them, everyone has a story about a unique experience with a substitute. Some people feel that classes with substitutes are useless and unproductive while others would rather have a substitute than their actual teacher. FHS students share their funny stories with substitute teachers over the years:

“He’ll like come in, he doesn’t introduce himself, he won’t say anything about himself and he’ll just be like, ‘I’m the yoga guy’, and then he’ll like do the thing. Like he’ll put his hands on the table and he lifts himself up until he’s completely horizontal. Just on his hands and he’s 90! He’ll do that and then he’ll take role, then sits down and then he’s just quiet.”

-Rose Ginsberg

“In Bishop Elementary School, one of the subs we would get regularly was this older lady that nobody liked. She wore the same red apron every time she subbed for a class. Her hair was always greasy and she smelt pretty bad too. She had a raspy voice and was probably an avid smoker. She was the strictest sub you could imagine. If you did anything she disapproved of, she would blow a whistle, very loudly, even indoors. If you spoke at all without her asking you a question, she would send you outside for the next 10 minutes.”  

-Reece Elings

“I had a sub for chamber orchestra and she was reading our daily plan. Every day, we do ‘Daily Warm-Ups’. That was on our agenda and she said ‘Daily Warm U-P-S’. Like she spelled out ups instead of saying the word. She also said she was a pianist when she was younger, but she pronounced cello wrong, saying the cell part like an actual jail cell, instead of the actual pronunciation. At the end, she was saying how music is important and how we should continue playing and have passion for it, but we couldn’t really take her seriously.”

-Caelen Chin

“We had a PE sub that cursed everyone out. He was like ‘Come on guys!’ and he was like yelling. At the wrong PE class!”

-Kirana Mahanto