Public Education is under fire from many sides, but the Fine Arts administrators protect their teachers and support us with gusto.
Music Teacher (Current Employee), Fine Arts Department – November 2, 2014
Pros: ...a life lived in the arts
Cons: ...the arts are always potentially on the budget 'chopping block'.
For 34 years I have been a music teacher with the public schools. I have worked in both middle and low income neighborhoods and for a variety of administrators. The common thread, however, is the joy and satisfaction I derive from bringing the arts to children and watchig them discover their own talents and passion.
A typical day at work includes interacting with many students and other staff members in order to make sure the students have the most out of their experience in the educational setting. I have learned how to be an advocate for the students while teaching them how to also be one for themselves. It is well managed and the other staff are fun to work – more... with. The hardest part of the job is the negative environment others tend to create and spread. However the most enjoyable part of the job is being able to see the students succeed, especially after a long struggle to do so. – less
Educational Assistant (Current Employee), Albuquerque, NM – June 17, 2014
I liked working with Special Education on a day to day basis, but at Volcano Vista, there seemed to be a lot of drama, and I can't afford to live on what they pay. The salary is very little because they take out about 30% of your paycheck so that you can be paid in the summer. It would help to just get another job in the summer. The work that I did – more... in my classroom was always challenging, and even though your job is finished at 2:30 in the afternoon, I was very exhausted physically, mentally, and emotionally. – less
tough place to work if you are a detail oriented person
Construction Supervisor (Current Employee), Albuquerque NM – June 13, 2014
Pros: allowed to work around educational facilities
Cons: management does not encourage productivity
APS does not nurture individuality, creative thinking. As a matter of fact one is penalized for being to "shiny" makes everyone else look dull and non-productive. The workmen themselves for the most part are enjoyable to be around. The perfectionist amongst them are a extreme gift to have. The most difficult part of this job is the polities involved – more... upper management. – less
Educational Assistant (Former Employee), Albuquerque, NM – April 8, 2014
My work days were always busy as I assisted the teachers and helped out with the children. The management and all the staff were all very helpful and supportive. There really wasn't anything too hard about working there and the most enjoyable would be the kids as they all just touch your heart.
tough job in middle schools with little management support
Substitute teacher (Former Employee), Many – April 3, 2014
Pros: flexible schedules
Cons: no appreciation for effort put forth
Herding cats in middle schools, cake walk in High Schools There is very little discipline in ABQ middle schools Management is nonexistent Really had no coworker just me and the kids Controlling middle school class rooms Teaching high school advance placement classes
Secretary, Level (Former Employee), Main Office – November 10, 2013
worked for 4 people plus a supervisor learned how to work with the education process co-workers were awesome to work with did 3 different jobs, due to people being out for various reasons really enjoyed the work I did
I have had job security which has good benefits, but lately the benefits have slowy been taken away. We also have not had a raise in the past 5 yrs.
Secretary/Bookkeeper (Current Employee), Freedom H.S. – September 11, 2013
Pros: annual and sick leave
Cons: health care
I have thoroughy enjoyed my job but am ready for a change. APS has been through many budget cuts, therefore they continue to cut our insurance benefits. Also, the fact that we haven't received a raise in the past five years has been tough. I feel that we should receive a cost of living raise at the very least.
I loved what I did for 25 years and I wouldn't have traded traded. The reason I left is because I felt a little burned out.
Teacher (Former Employee), Albuquerque Public Schools/ other – August 21, 2013
Pros: being appreciated for the small things.
Cons: taken for granted, no benefits, mean personalities
I would feel productive because I did my job the best that I could. I made people / children think and question during conversations that we might of had. The hardest part of a job to not being able to accomplish everything you want have in mind and hope to do because of time restraints. Sometimes too many people are involved in decision making and – more... the plan doesn't work. Finding a job that you look forward to is a good thing. – less
Good benefits, many opportunities to learn and update skills
Educational Assistant, Special Education (Current Employee), Bellehaven Elementary School – June 17, 2013
The best way to describe this work is, it is very rewarding. It is also best to always be ready and expect the unexpected. When working with children and their families this is crucial because family dynamics in today's society are constantly changing and can be very tumultuous at times. I've learned to always keep an open mind and be cognizant of people's – more... cultures and ways of life. It's very important to respect others' values while brainstorming solutions to their problems, issues and needs.
Co-workers are able to maintain professional relationships even when personality conflicts arise, as they will in any work environment. I've always admired that.
The hardest part of the job is sometimes being stretched thin when we are understaffed. This leaves me feeling like I cannot give 100% to any one task at hand.
The most enjoyable part of the job is of course when the "light bulb" goes on and a child grasps a concept, or when I know I'm being a postitive influence in his or her life. – less