Pros: excellent benefits, paid vacations, working with kids
Cons: non-compliant parents
Working full time in the schools has it's advantages in that as their employee, the healthcare and other benefits are awesome! Was paid during vacations as my pay was spread out over 26 pays for the school year. Loved working together as a team. Love the creative aspect of working in schools in terms of planning fun, creative, therapy sessions. The most enjoyable part of the job is helping kids achieve to their full potential. My therapy session were varied between the classroom setting and the therapy room. The hardest part of the job was getting use to the new principals in the building and new teachers, their personalities, expectations, their understanding of the role that the speech pathologist played in the building. Some had high regards of speech pathologist while others needed alot of help understanding what we do and its importance. Some were micro-managers and while others left you alone to do your job and were very supportive. As speech pathologists in a school building, we have to consult with every teacher, including special teachers (gym, art, music), and parents. Our roles are unique because everyone has a different approach, style, and method of teaching. We have to learn how our speech students can best benefit in the varying classroom with different teachers.