Substitute Teachers Page

New Substitute Teachers

Below you will find information on becoming a substitute teacher with Hickory Public Schools.  Please read Substitute Regulations & Requirements first, which includes information about substitute pay and necessary forms.  Next, complete an online application, then print, complete and return the forms (see links below under New Substitutesalong with a copy of your driver license and social security card, to the attention of Human Resources at Hickory Public Schools, 432 4th Ave SW, Hickory, NC 28602. 

Effective Teacher Training through App-Garden University

Current Substitute Teachers

Beginning September 28, 2015, Hickory Public Schools began using Absence Management (formerly known as Aesop) as our automated substitute management system.    Below you will find information on Absence Management (formerly Aesop) including training videos, a Quick Start Guide and other helpful resources.  You should have received an email or letter with your user name and password.

Once you receive final board approval for substitute teaching, you will receive an email from the Absence Management (formerly known as Aesop) system with your log in information. 

You will also receive a separate email with instructions regarding the newly required Substitute Compliance Training modules within SafeSchools Training.  (You need to notify the substitute coordinator that your training is complete only if the current school year has already begun.  At that time, please email Christie Alley at to verify that your compliance training has been completed.)

Once all training and approval is complete and verified, you will be able to begin substitute teaching for Hickory Public Schools.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Christie Alley at or (828) 322-2855 extension 219. 

Thank you for your interest in substitute teaching with Hickory Public Schools!

New Substitutes
Online Generic Substitute Application (do not print/will be
accessed online)

Effective Teacher Training
Substitute Home School Designation
Direct Deposit Form
Sub Reference Form (2 are required)
I-9 Memo to Substitutes
I-9 Form
(Both tax forms must be completed)
Background Authorization Form
NC New Hire Reporting Form
Health Exam Certificate
Retirement Reemployment Form ESRR*
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Please print the following for reference material only.
Substitute Regulations & Requirements
Employee Portal Instructions
ACA Information for Retirees

Current Substitutes
Basic Training: How to Use Absence Management (formerly Aesop)
How Absence Management (formerly Aesop) Works
Sample Phone Call

Advanced Training

Quick Start Guide for Absence Management (formerly Aesop) (pdf)
Getting Started

2019-2020 Substitute Handbook

**NEW Time Keeper Employee Portal Instructions

**NEW Time Keeper Employee Portal Access

Substitute Teacher Payroll Calendar

Absence Management (formerly Aesop) Log-in

Safe Schools Annual Compliance Training Log-in
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