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Employment Opportunities

We would love to have you join us at the School District of West Salem! Our mission and vision is to "Serve with Passion to Ignite Creativity, Innovation, and Excellence" and each and every one of our staff members strives to meet this goal. All of our current job openings are listed on WECAN, and can be found using the links below. Please complete the Background Check form on the right and return with your application. Should you have any questions regarding an application, please contact Crystal Becker at becker.crystal@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)-786-5302

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Please return completed paper applications for all positions to:
School District of West Salem
405 E. Hamlin St.
West Salem, WI 54669

Why West Salem? Check out our video below for some testimonials from our current staff members!

District Fact Sheet


Staff Testimonials
"Why West Salem?  In 2 words…..THE STAFF!  Before I ‘landed’ in WS I taught in various school districts (through clinicals, substitute teaching, and then a full-time teaching position), but no other compared to West Salem in my opinion.  Our staff works very well together, people support one another, and I truly believe that the staff is one of the main reasons that many people who begin teaching in West Salem decide to stay!"-4th Grade Teacher

"I originally chose West Salem because the schedule fit my family schedule at the time.  I was a paralegal for years and I wanted to be more connected to my kids.  I thought I would return to the legal world after raising my children.  Little did I know that I would find working with kids would 'fill my bucket'.  My husband and I are proud alum of WSSD and can't imagine doing this anywhere else.  We have a special thing here in West Salem!" - Administrative Assistant 

"I chose to teach in West Salem because growing up in this community there was always something special about being a Panther. I knew that once I started my teaching career, I had to be a part of the West Salem family. At West Salem Elementary I am lucky to be able to build relationships with some incredible people. These relationships are invaluable and make me thankful that I chose to teach in this district."-4th Grade Teacher 

"I very much enjoy my position as a paraprofessional at WSMS! Being a Para is a very rewarding role. Each day brings new opportunities to encourage students to learn, grow and to do their best! It is so fun to see a students confidence shine!"-Middle School Paraprofessional

"WSMS has a supportive and friendly atmosphere.  We are all here to help kids succeed."-Middle School Paraprofessional

"It has been fun working with the teachers here at West Salem. Everyone has a positive attitude when working with and helping students. It is nice to have flexibility in our summer work schedule and our administration is always open to new and efficient ways to improve the way we maintain the school and has supplied me all the tools I need to accomplish my daily tasks.

To be a great custodian I feel there is 3 things we need in our daily work:
1. Commitment to a safe and clean environment.
2. Willingness to help staff, students and visitors.
3. Always willing to adapt to new and better ways to complete your tasks."-Elementary School Custodian

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Substitute Opportunities
If you are interested in becoming a substitute in the School District of West Salem, you may apply one of two ways. We prefer that you apply via WECAN using the links above, however, you can also apply using a paper application, which can be found under "Forms" on the right. To expedite the process, we also ask that you complete the Background Check form. 

As a substitute, you also receive the following perks! 

  • FREE LUNCH Passes are available to substitutes who work a full day or that are required to take lunch.
  • Substitutes who have subbed more than 50 days in our district during the 2022-2023 school year receive a FREE co-curricular activities pass! 

Substitute Teaching

  • New laws in Wisconsin allow individuals with a bachelor's degree to become licensed substitute teachers.
  • The District will provide the training course needed to become a licensed substitute teacher.  The training is on-line and takes about 8 hours to complete.
  • As a substitute, you can dictate your own schedule and choose the types of jobs that most interest you.
  • Pay starts at $19 an hour for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Click here to read more about this job
  • For more information on becoming a substitute teacher, contact Crystal Becker, Director of Human Resources at becker.crystal@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)-786-5302

Substitute Paraprofessionals

  • We are in need of substitute paraprofessionals (teacher's aides) in the elementary, middle and high school.
  • If you have a desire to work with children with a variety of special needs, this may be the job for you.
  • Pay starts at $15.25 an hour for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • This is the perfect job for parents of school-aged children as your schedule will line up with your child's.
  • Click here to read more about this job.
  • For more information on becoming a substitute paraprofessional, contact Crystal Becker at becker.crystal@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)-786-5302

Substitute Bus Drivers

  • Flexible shifts: Morning runs are from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and afternoon runs are from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • No prior experience? We will train you!
  • The substitute driver rate is $23.59 for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Click here to read more about this job.
  • Contact Rick Kline, Transportation Director kline.rick@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)-786-4356

Substitute Kitchen Staff

  • Come try subbing in our kitchens and get paid!
  • The substitute cook rate is $14.75 an hour for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • No commitment and a flexible schedule
  • No nights, weekends, or holidays. Plus, summers off!
  • Click here to read more about this job.
  • Contact Crystal Becker at becker.crystal@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)-786-5302

Substitute Custodians

  • No early mornings! Flexible shifts at three different times: 2:30-6:30 p.m., 7:00-11:00 p.m., or 2:30-11:00 p.m.
  • No prior experience? Two days of paid training prior to subbing is offered!
  • The substitute custodian rate is $17.25 an hour for the 2023-2024 school year.
  • Click here to read more about this job
  • Contact Scott Johnson, Director of Buildings & Grounds at johnson.scott@wsalem.k12.wi.us or (608)-786-0700 x 2167


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Crystal Becker
Director of Human Resources

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