Atwater Elementary School District Employee Reviews

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What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
Teacher (Former Employee), Peggy HellerNovember 20, 2014
Pros: the students. teaching, getting to know the students and parents.
Cons: poor communication, no warnings, you can be let go without reason, no perminent job security until probation period is over, once dismissed you can no longer work for any school in the atwater elementary school district
All I can say is it is very cut throat to work for the AESD. Which can be very discouraging if you love working with kids. There is a 6 month probation period. Which means they can dismiss you anytime within the first 6 months of working and not give you a reason as to why you were dismissed. I was a good worker and took great pride in my work, but I got dismissed before my 6 month probation period ended. Without any type of warning or any communication as to how my work was dissatisfying and how to improve. There was no communication exercised once so ever. I later learned from a parent that her daughter has seen many teachers in her classroom come and go during her 2 years of being at the school I worked for. While I worked there I recall the students coming up to me and asking me if I was going to leave. They would also say things like "I hope you stay here for a long time." Which I found a bit odd at the time, because I wasn't aware of the high turnover rate at the school I was working for, but all the comments from the kids made sense once I was let go. They were use to teachers being let go and leaving the classroom. Which I think is incredibly sad. There is no firm foundation for kids to rely on a teacher to last them a full school year. Now since I was dismissed I can no longer work for any schools in the AESD. I can only apply for teaching jobs that are outside of the Atwater elementary school district. But the staff were really nice and took sympathy upon me as I went to gather my belongings. If you are a new worker for the AESD I wish you the best of luck during your probation period. If you do get let go just keep in mind what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
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AESD was great to work for
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), Atwater, CAOctober 30, 2014
Pros: the children
Cons: underprivilieged children
I worked as a temporary employee, substituting in various classes. Although this did not become my career choice, I certainly gained experience in presenting to groups and became adept at delivering information in a way that held the attention of my audience.
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Campus Supervising
Campus Supervisor (Current Employee), Atwater, CAMarch 21, 2014
Great experience working with all the staff and children at multiple schools. Been fun and very exciting.
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Highly satisfied
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Atwater, CAOctober 27, 2012
Pros: every aspect of working for a school district is a pro
Cons: lack of budgetary monies to adequately support classified employees
As my job with the school district was multi-faceted, my days were full of fun and challenging tasks. The administrators were fantastic to work for, and it was a pleasure to work at the district office. My co-workers were wonderful and supportive. I learned that I was a very creative and successful person. I learned that, with the positive support of a boss, an employee will perform at 150%. Every task I performed for the school district was appreciated, and I worked really hard to impress my boss. I fully support educators and the work they do to prepare children for the future.
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Very good work environment enjoy working with people
Office Assistant (Current Employee), Atwater, CAJuly 6, 2012
Learned how to maintain records, Miles for the school bus drivers, pay invoices for the school food department.
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Horrible if you expect value as a worker
Administrative Secretary (Former Employee), District OfficeFebruary 25, 2012
Pros: great benefits
Cons: advancement opps. are minimal.
I had worked there for (5) years and enjoyed all but my last year; the newly hired Assistant Superintendent, previously a school principal, could not stand my power and knowledge in the position I held and was HIGHLY appreciated and respected by her predecessor. The district hires within and pretty much you need to know someone and be related to or married to someone to get hired and keep your job; either classified or certificated.
Truly a sad situation.

October 27, 2012

I absolutely agree. Most hires are of people who know people. And, usually a new administrator will eliminate district Iemployees, to get someone from the outside they know, hired. Human resources is a good example; an example of long standing, highly qualified district employees being ignored, to hire a friend from the outside. When you are dismissed (regardless if it is "budget issue") from a school district, it destroys your credibility to other school districts. So, when a school administrator gets rid of you, the decision follows you like a black cloud. I understand your pain...

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Atwater California, United States
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