When Heather worked as Superintendent at Georgia Connections Academy, she really did struggle with staffing good substitutes. Elisa also struggled finding a qualified substitute for herself when she was on maternity leave. “Outside vendors were really, really, really expensive!” Heather exclaimed. That was a tough pill to swallow when everyone knew it was important to cut expenses at the school. Heather remembers having that conversation with her board and everyone came to same conclusion: find another vendor for substitute teaching services. However, there just wasn’t one out there who (A) really understood education, (B) cared about providing quality, skilled educators (not just a warm body for the classroom) and (C) wouldn’t break the budget.
The question was posed to both Heather and Elisa: “Why don’t YOU start a business?” They’d never thought of that idea before, but both took some time to seriously contemplate it.
“Are we really going to do this?” Heather said to Elisa over the phone. She was in the car rider line picking up her kids. “I think we both know the answer to that,” Elisa replied. It was settled then. They put their heads together and created what is now known as WiserEd Solutions: because there’s a wiser way to do substitute staffing.