The Public Education system in Va and the nation is in a state of duress.
Long Term Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, Virginia – December 5, 2013
The Public Education system in Va and the nation is in a state of duress. The goal of producing critical thinkers has been subjugated by the governmental edict to produce and concentrate "education" on core-testing which, more and more, leaves less and less room to explore and cultivate the abstract thinking capacity in the minds of the student.
It can be depressing.
The long (10-13 hour school, grading, contacting parents) days lead to a rejuvination period of 75-80 days that run concurrently.
Food service worker (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 2, 2017
Hard work for not enough pay. Cut backs not allowing proper staffing. co-workers nice but everyone stressed. No extra hour available to work only 22 hrs per week. No advancement. Add extra job duties and no extra compensation.
Permanent Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 5, 2017
I truly loved working with children, teaching, and helping others. My only problem was that during the summer, I could not find permanent employment, so it put me in a positions where I could not draw unemployment, because I was still listed as "employed" by Chesapeake Public Schools. So, in the summer my income was not strong. I needed job security
Difficult but its the little moments that can be so heartwarming and rewarding
School health advisor (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – October 21, 2016
School nursing is not as easy as I thought it would be and as easy as people often think it is. It is a difficult profession that is unfortunately often overlooked and underpaid. There are more and more responsibilities as children with muti-dimensional needs are entering the school system. We must strategize with parents whose knowledge-base is varied. I enjoy working in the community that I am in but it can be very frustrating with lack of understanding from staff and parents. I often feel very alone, yet, I must always think like a team player because there are always those times when we need each other in one way or another.
I enjoy working with the staff and students. Weekends, summers, holidays off!
It is difficult, sometimes impossible to find a substitute. I am the only RN in the building.
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 4, 2017
I was a substitute teacher for the school district. I was able to pick the school(s) I wanted to be at which was great. Dealing with a different classroom and different lesson plan had its challenges, however, it was a rewarding job. I was privileged to substitute for a LEAD classroom and even was asked back. That was such a rewarding experience that I cherish. I learned how to communicate differently and be more patient. My co-workers were wonderful with making me feel like I was part of the school as well. It was a great part time job to have that worked with my kids' schedules as well.
I enjoy working for Chesapeake Public Schools. My work schedule was perfect for my family life.
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – May 1, 2016
My position with Chesapeake Public Schools has been enjoyable. The only problem is there's no room for advancement in my department.The hours were conducive for a young family and worked well for me. But now I am in the position that I am able to work longer and more hours and would really like to do so. A full time position is of great interest to me.
Hours are great for a peson with young school age children
Hours were frozen at 25 per week with no opportunity for advancement
Clerical (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 18, 2017
The staff at Chesapeake Public Schools is extremely warm and inviting, they love to make all people that come in, whether it be fellow staff or employees, feel welcome. They work extremely hard to make sure that employees get what they need in a timely manner. Opportunities to do more and make progress are available.
Substitute Teacher, Grades K (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – December 8, 2016
Substitute teaching is very flexible and fun. I enjoyed subbing at both the elementary and middle school levels. I didn't like not knowing until that morning if I would get a call to come in to sub or not. Made things hard to try and have a normal schedule/routine.
Office Manager/Bookkeeper (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 23, 2016
Working for Chesapeake Public school is very busy and requires constant attention to the needs of children, parents, faculty and staff. I have learned how to manage an office of 3 while tending to over 500+ individual needs. Also, ensuring the financials in the building are maintained and balanced. The position as bookkeeper requires the upkeep of employees time, materials and supplies, and programs. The hardest part of the job is balancing the duty of Secretary and Bookkeeper. The most enjoyable part of the job is working with the employees, children, parents and vendors.
The Benefits, being able to meet everyone's needs.
ELL teacher (Current Employee) – Chesapeake Virginia – August 19, 2015
Never a dull moment teaching the young children english. I learned how to be a more effective teacher. The management is really friendly and helpful. My co-workers are also helpful and we try to make the work day fun. Sometimes we share lesson plans to help each other. The most challenging part of my job is finding new resources to teach the kids and making sure they are always engaged. What I love most about my job is seeing my students smiling faces ready to learn and seeing how much they have improved.
Teacher Assistant/Kindergarten (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA 23324 – May 19, 2016
I support the Kindergarten teacher with small groups remediation, whole group teaching. I have almost completed my degree in Early Childhood Education and this job has helped prepare me for my new journey. There is a lot of work for lesson planning but I love my job and I am ready to move forward. I find it highly rewarding when you are helping a student and you see when they experience that "ah-ha" moment!!
Nice place to work, good benefits, job security but no way to move up and no raises
Warehouse and supply delivery person (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – May 1, 2013
Working at CPS has been a great experience for me, A typical day consisted of delivey of furniture, custodial goods and other items to individual schools and offices. The summer consisted of a lot of moving of furniture from classrooms, offices, portables and other places for renovations and other reasons. My co-workers were very easy to get along with. The hardest part of the job is the lifting of things like wrestling mats and moving them from school to school. The most enjoyable part of the job was the friendships made throughout the entire school system.
Chesapeake Public Schools is the best school system in the Tidewter Area. I enjoyed working there for 30 years.
English Teacher (Former Employee) – Indian River High School – April 18, 2016
I believe Chesapeake Public Schools is the best school system in the area. I had the opportunity to enhance my education while teaching and was given many responsibilities that were rewarded. The faculty, staff and personnel were fabulous.
Substitute Nuring assistant (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 10, 2015
Chesapeake public schools is a great place to work. Management is wonderful and very supportive. All staff are team players and the work load is great. Hours of work are the best if you have children, you go to work when they go to school and you come home when they do. Are off all summer and holidays the children are off. Pay is not the greatest but there are so many benefits to make up for it.
Teacher/Instructor (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, Virginia – October 17, 2015
Chesaoeake Public Schools is a great place for individuals to work and have a life long career. This school system does alot for all the attending students with a wide variety of career programs and preparation for college or many post secondary programs.
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, Virginia – February 1, 2014
A typical day at work consisted of teaching the students and maintaining a safe environment . I learned that all people are unique in their own way and learn differently. I was responsible for a classroom of about 24 students on a daily basis. My co-workers were very helpful and friendly. The hardest part of the job was going into a classroom where the students were not familiar with you and having them to trust and respect you for that day. The most enjoyable part of the job was learning new material and interacting with the students.
Working Relationships, Flexability and Helping Others
Teacher Assistant (Current Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – January 10, 2016
From the moment the first bell rings to the last child getting on the bus, the day is jam-packed! I love to see the smile on the children's faces when they finally get a concept that they have been struggling with.