Frequently Asked Questions for Schools

What differentiates Parallel Education from its competitors?

Our integrity and passion. Parallel’s core competency for over 25 years has been recruiting and placement. Parallel Education Division believes in Face-to-Face interviews. This is critical in helping to identify an interviewee’s level of preparation, qualifications, communication and professionalism. Our standardized processes ultimately ensure our Substitute Teachers make the commitment of excellence to Parallel and our partner schools.

How long has Parallel been in business?

Michael Skemp founded our organization in 1987. The Education Division was started in the early 2000’s out of requests from schools and districts to help them with Substitute Teacher recruiting and dispatching.  We are currently working with schools/ districts in eight different states and growing.

Where does Parallel Education Division have locations?

Parallel currently provides Substitute Teacher services in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and Tennessee. We are growing rapidly and are looking forward to expanding our operations throughout the United States.

When can I reach Parallel Education Division?

You can reach Parallel 24/7 through our automated sub request system. In addition, our office hours are 4:00 AM – 10:00 PM CST Monday- Thursday, 4:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST on Friday,  and 3:00 PM — 10:00 PM CST on Sunday.  Dispatchers can be reached during these hours via phone or email.  We are closed for business on Saturday.

Does Parallel Education only place Substitute Teachers?

Parallel also provides Teaching Assistants, Administrative positions, Clerical/ Office support, Food Service, IT professionals, and custodial workers. We also have a direct hire program for the vacant positions a school may have. All of our employees are screened and credentials/ certifications are verified prior to their placement. For more information about the Substitute placement process, click here.

How do I request a Substitute Teacher?

Parallel understands the need to be flexible for our schools. To place a request for a Substitute Teacher, schools register an absence through our absence management system, or they can call/email us directly with a request. Once a request has been submitted we immediately begin our search process to fill that vacancy and will notify the school with a confirmation of the request.  Once this absence has been filled we will also notify the school with the appropriate coverage information.

How do I know I am receiving a licensed substitute?

Our districts and schools perform random audits of our sub’s files to ensure we are following each state’s hiring criteria. Parallel only employs licensed Substitute Teachers and licensed teaching assistants for the classroom as outlined by each individual state’s Board of Education. We follow all mandated screening requirements by state such as: E-Verify, national criminal background check, sex offender screening, drug testing, and more.

If I receive a Substitute Teacher that is not a fit for my school, can I request a different Substitute Teacher the following day?

Parallel has a sub pool from which to choose. Should one of our schools become unsatisfied with a particular sub, they can request that the sub “not return” and a replacement sub is secured. Parallel maintains both “VIP” sub lists and “DO NOT RETURN” sub lists for our schools and districts ensuring the “BEST FIT” every time. At Parallel Education, we take pride in placing the right candidates for our schools. This not only means our clients are happy, but the children are being taught by a certified professional each and everyday.

Frequently Asked Questions for Teachers

Where does Parallel Education Division have locations?

Parallel Education has locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, and Tennessee. We have the capability to provide coverage throughout the United States using our state of the art absence management system. Having many different locations allows us to have a variety of job openings.

When can I reach Parallel Education?

You can reach Parallel 24/7 through our automated sub request system. In addition, our office hours are 4:00 AM – 10:00 PM CST Monday- Thursday, 4:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST on Friday,  and 3:00 PM — 10:00 PM CST on Sunday.  Dispatchers can be reached during these hours via phone or email.  We are closed for business on Saturday.

Does Parallel Education only place Substitute Teachers?

Parallel is able to assist our schools with Teaching Assistants, Administrative positions, Clerical/Office support and Food Service Workers. All of our employees are screened and credentials/certifications are verified prior to their placement. This allows us to set our employees up for success in the school and classroom.

Does Parallel Education offer a training program?

Parallel offers training through STEDI, the number one substitute-training program in the nation. Our teachers are required to maintain current training by taking one of the classes offered through STEDI yearly.  Once completed, the certification can be listed on a resume to show the teacher has completed the STEDI training program.

How do I apply?

Start your application process at our website www.parallel-ed.com or by clicking here. Once completed, our Education Team will contact you to set up a time to be interviewed. By going through a Face-to-Face interview, it allows us to develop a personal relationship with you to ensure we place you in the right position.

How do I get placed to one of Parallel Education Division partnering schools?

Once you have completed our application process, you will become an active substitute.  We have an automated phone calling system that initiates calling at 5AM CST.  Parallel goes one step further by having live dispatchers calling our existing sub pool. If you choose to not receive phone calls, our online system is available 24/7 to access our job listings.

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