Substitute Paraprofessional (Former Employee), Alameda, CA – April 18, 2014
Pros: money, free lunces
Cons: harassment, discrimination, lack of training, abusive teacher
It is an political environment with secret agendas. Your rarely get any guidance from teacher and the Human Resource BTA/PAR was aggressive. She was racist and aloof. She makes demands on you to show up late minute for petty employees who like to take day off. The Human Resources department is populated with white women in their late 40s to 50s. They – more... pawn the substitutes to assignments with obese teachers who are new to the school site and older white male VP and young white women in Wood. The sub-paraprofessional had to work with second grade material within a 6 th grade environment. The teacher would push it on my lap to help him But that kid is so spoiled that he doesn't lift a finger. He managed to slip through the system from some Paden school. I was placed in a peculiar position to help him, a kid who doesn't write. Teacher expected him to do same work as others who are at middle school level, who writes and comprehends. Another one would shout harsh words to me. The teacher would enjoy the torture she put me through. It is impossible to make it there. Then she writes up every other Africian American or Latino kid who she classifies as disturbing the class. It was a daily occurrence. The student support person, a African American male would be the one taking the discipline slips, except the two who I got as described above. He would be sitting in his cube and counseling or disciplining, including recommending suspension of kids, so does the VP. But the young white women would get away with no pressure just dancing down the hallway to their classrooms. Another beautiful white woman who is the psychologist would ignore my cry for help to deal with the two kids who are plain old untouchables. I had quit the company as I caught some disease while working there and am staying home to recover. Never apply to AUSD if you are not prepared for racist treatment and some bad experience. You are at complete mercy of the teacher. – less
Great collegiality, good students, poor upper administrators after 2010.
Teacher/Department Chairperson Social Studies (Former Employee), CA – April 16, 2013
The students are great, the collegiality terrific, but management beginning in 2010-2011 at the high school went seriously downhill. They treated teachers as idiots, they were vindictive and unconstructive. Superintendent was also anti-teacher and more interested in making her resume look good than better student performance. All the talk about helping – more... the average to slightly below average student was pure propaganda, since all efforts went into simply increasing AP enrollments at the expense of a skill-based education that could lead to a job. There is nothing wrong great preparation for college, but there are other kids too, most of them with "great heart" and motivation if their education would be more practically oriented. Co-workers are terrific, administrative bureaucracies look out for themselves more than students and teachers. They were/are political creatures trying to sell a commodity, not educate students. The most enjoyable part of the job was exciting students to learn and open up their horizons. The hardest part of the job was jumping through administrative hoops which almost never aided my teaching. – less
Organized, flexible work schedule with periodic review meetings with management for ongoing feedback to keep all projects on track.
Maintenance, Operations & Facilities Coordinator (Current Employee), Alameda, CA – December 23, 2012
1. In office at 7:30am to meet with Lead staff and establish priority projects and assignment of staff if on leave, working on reports, inspecting sites, reporting to Director mid-day, finishing with site meetings and scheduling vendors to complete mandatory testing.
2. Business atmosphere with minimal radio and office distractions but best working – more... with 2 or more office co-workers to be part of a team.
3. Specific goals for team to work toward
4. Easy - Planning and assigning budget information to projects
5. Hard - Helping Principals at schools understand our need to establish priorities of planning projects. – less