Teacher (Current Employee) – Sandy, UT – May 28, 2015
Your experience will vary widely depending on which campus you work for. I have worked for both critical and encouraging directors as well as experienced and inexperienced directors. I have seen very inexperienced people given huge promotions based on political affiliation alone, despite poor performance reviews in the workplace from parents and co-teachers. If you ask for more than three days off during the school year, you will be asked to resign or be fired. Ask anyone. The health insurance is very, very expensive. A co-worker mentioned that she wasn't able to opt-in to Challenger's health insurance plan because it would have cost more than her monthly paycheck. Another coworker who has worked there for almost two decades makes the same hourly salary as the new intern. If you'd like to be promoted, be very vocal about your Libertarian political views. Expect to be dispensable.
Child attends school for free; a good director can make 95% of the job very fun.
Time off not approved, very serious buddy system problem, children expected to be little adults too often
Excellent curriculum, behavior management, and overall program.
Kindergarten Teacher (Current Employee) – West Jordan, UT – July 29, 2014
Each day we worked with children to help them acquire skills needed to be a productive self-reliant individual. This was done through teaching the values of the founding fathers such as independence, working hard, and responsibility.
An advanced curriculum of language arts, math, and science was implemented each day.
I learned how to work with a co-teacher and how to effectively team teach. I also gained the knowledge of how to individualize and personalize lessons to best help the class. Skills of proper behavior management was also acquired for optimal classroom engagement and learning.
The hardest part of my job was not being able to continue on with the kids in their education as the moved up to the next grade.
working with kids, improving myself in the process of helping the students
I would teach preschool to students with a co-teacher. I learned a lot of patience and how to be effective in short amounts of time. As a preschool teacher of 20 kids, you need to move fast in short amount of times. I also learned positive communication skills and leadership skills. The hardest part of the job was probably when kids would not listen and still being happy when this would happen. The most enjoyable part of the job was when I taught music to all the children.
can be a very fun work place, the fundamentals are great.
Security Escort (Current Employee) – West Jordan, UT – March 8, 2014
I worked here for many years I also attended school here as a child. The basic values are great and the students tend to be expected to be better behaved than their public school counterparts. This makes class room control easier to obtain. However the pressure that is put on the teachers is often over the top and drives a lot of teachers away quickly.
Preschool and Kindergarten Director (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – October 18, 2012
I spent over 5 years at this company and was sad to leave when I moved out of state. In the right school, you can quickly move up if you have the right manager. There are some schools in need of better Headmasters that are more parent friendly but at the right school you can go far! It's a lot of work and expectations for teachers are high but the money is more than worth it.
Kindergarten Teacher (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – September 18, 2014
Co-workers were great. When I first started here the management was amazing, very supportive and helpful. However, when that changed so did everyone's attitude. There was a general dislike about the company. Getting supplies was hard. School is very cheap and did not provide the books, crayons, etc that was needed.
preschool / kindergarten prep teacher (Former Employee) – Los Gatos, CA – July 16, 2014
I loved working for this company. I had great relationships with my co-workers. I had to bring work home at times, but overall I really enjoyed my work.The most enjoyable part about this job was seeing the children develop confidence through their learning experiences.
Extended Class Teacher (Former Employee) – Newark, CA – December 7, 2012
A great experience to develop relationship with many different types of people at various ages of development. Good organization and management skills are necessary to in front of a classroom. Must be ready to improvise.
Teacher (Former Employee) – San Jose, CA – January 18, 2015
This is a great place to start a teaching career and grow in your field. Management differs depending on which campus you're in but the curriculum is great and they have experienced teachers as mentors.