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The Guam Department of Education is strapped for qualified substitute teachers and welcomes applications from base personnel, said Superintendent Juan Flores.

A handful of permanent faculty members are from the U.S. military community, Flores said. But the island school system needs about 50 substitute teachers on a daily basis.

“I would be happy to entertain applications from base personnel or military spouses,” Flores said. “If they were able, there’s no reason why they can’t work here.”

To qualify, applicants must have a high school diploma, complete a criminal background check and take a tuberculosis test, required by law on Guam. Preference will be given to those with a college education and work experience in schools.

Candidates who meet basic requirements are placed on a list, Flores said. Schools then may contact them about availability.

Flores said some substitute teachers are dropped from the call list because of poor performance.

A substitute teacher’s duties typically are limited to distributing assignments, Flores added, although some may improvise at the elementary level. Each is required to file a report to the school’s principal at the end of the workday.

Flores said the education agency has not advertised any job openings on the U.S. military bases.

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