==Thank you for your interest in the Substitute Services program through High Desert ESD. The High Desert ESD provides substitute teaching (licensed) and educational assistant/secretary (classified) services for many local school districts including Bend-La Pine Schools, Redmond, Crook County (licensed substitutes only), Sisters, Culver, Powell Butte Charter School, Redmond Proficiency Academy and Seven Peaks School. Additionally, the ESD provides substitute services to area Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) programs and the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC). We work directly with the High Desert ESD Human Resources Department.

Substitute pay rates for 2022-2023:
Licensed: $201.04/day
Licensed Long Term: $212.24/day
Classified: $15.00/hour


Step 1. An application must be completed on Talent Ed Recruit & Hire. Please include a cover letter that details your experience working with youth and why you want to be a substitute with High Desert ESD. NOTE: Once you have submitted the online application, you will receive an automated email confirming your application has been received. 

Step 2. A current, valid Oregon teaching license is required to substitute as a teacher. Do you have an active teaching license in Oregon, or is your license currently in process with Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC)?

Yes – Go to step 3.
No – Do you have an active teaching license in another State?

Yes – Contact TSPC to apply for the Reciprocal Teaching License.
No – Do you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher?

Yes – You are eligible to request sponsorship for the “Restricted Substitute License” through High Desert ESD. Email Kristen Johns (kristen.johns@hdesd.org), to request a review of your application. If approved, High Desert ESD will sponsor the applicant for the Restricted Substitute License and you will receive additional information and instructions to proceed with the license application. Please do not apply for the license before receiving High Desert ESD sponsorship approval.
No – You are eligible to substitute as an Educational Assistant/Secretary through High Desert ESD. Go to step 3.

Step 3. Review the list of Substitute Orientation dates and times. Email Stacy Kelley (stacy.kelley@hdesd.org) with the date you would like to attend. All substitutes are required to attend an orientation meeting before they can be employed by High Desert ESD. Orientations will be held at the High Desert Regional Education Center (HDREC) at 2804 SW 6th Street, Redmond, Oregon. NOTE: A drug screen is required on the same day you attend orientation and must be completed by 7:00 pm in Bend. More information will be shared during the orientation. If you have questions regarding the mandatory drug screening, please contact the Human Resources office before orientation. 

Orientation Schedule (pre-registration required) for 2022/2023 school year:
Thursday, April 13, 2023 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – last session for this school year!

*Orientation dates for next school year will be posted during the summer.

Helpful links:
HDESD Substitute Onboarding Checklist & Timeline
Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission: http://www.oregon.gov/TSPC/Pages/index.aspx
Talent Ed Recruit & Hire: https://highdesert.cloud.talentedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx

Aesop Help Line: 1-800-942-3767
Substitute Placement Specialist: Tiffany Whitehurst, 541-693-5626, tiffany.whitehurst@hdesd.org
Substitute Orientation registration: Stacy Kelley, 541-693-5600 (ext 2000), stacy.kelley@hdesd.org
All other questions/information: Ann Marie Anderson, 541-693-5621, annmarie.anderson@hdesd.org