What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.
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.