Mathematics Teacher (Former Employee), Clarksville, TN – August 9, 2013
Pros: gained experience
I wish I never accepted this job. I came in during the school year, mistake number one. I took over a classroom that already had a bad reputation, mistake number two. I contacted the human resources department to file a complaint on the prinicpal, mistake number three. My students had it easy thier first semester, so when I came in, demanding they do – more... some real work, they revolted. I had a 70% failure rate. This was mainly due to the fact that my students refused to do the work. I tried calling parents, asking for help from the vice-principals and other teachers. No one could lend a helping hand. I tried being mean, tried being nice. Nothing worked. On parent-teacher conference day, I had six parents show up. I taught five periods of 30 or more students, and only 6 parents come to visit with me? This was a bad experience for me. I never knew students could be so heartless. I had threatening letters, one student flicked a rubber band at me (left a bruise on my arm), and no one did anything to help me. The principal kept telling me "What can you do that you are not already doing?" My asnwer was the same, "I'm not doing the work for them." After 2 months, the prinipal called me into his office and gave me a choice. Either I resign from my position or he makes sure I never teach again by putting my name on something he called "The Black List". I resigned. (This is what I contacted human resources about, not knowing the head of the department was friends with the principal.) I stayed on for the remaining 3 months, finished out the semester. During my time at this particular school, I learned the principal cared about one thing and one thing only: the graduation rate. I cared about somehting different: the students' ability to learn. The prinicpal was in charge of the school with the highest drop out rate and lowest graduation rate and he wanted these numbers to be reversed. I was not helping. Salary was $1900 per month. – less
School Bus Driver (Former Employee), Clarksville, Tennessee – September 24, 2012
Pros: employment in a weak economy
Cons: messy management, broke down buses, awful pay and benefits, under-staffed due to treatment of personnel.
The leadership team for this department is extremely unorganized and have NO idea what or how to run a department to include boosting employee morale,etc. Most people think that driving a large vehicle or managing others children would be the hardest part of the job when actually its the co-workers, management team... A typical work day is to get up, – more... go to work, pre-trip your bus to prepare for your route then get switched to someone else's route that you are completely unfamiliar with daily, and monthly and when its finally time to return to your route either the kids don't know you or they have gotten completely out of control needing to be re-trained. The management team purposely looks for ways to write you up to eventually end employment. For all that goes into getting the children to and from school safely the pay SUCKS!!!! Bus drivers and Aides are technically considered part time personnel w/full time benefits, but pay the most in medical insurance. Bus drivers are generally paid 5 hours per day w/some being 6 if you drive (pre-K). Bus drivers and aides are NOT paid for all the off days that are associated with a school year to include SUMMERS thus making taking care of your family financially extremely difficult. This is NOT a job for those with families to support, or anyone wishing to maintain sanity!!! – less