Being a cleaner at CMSD is a good learning experience and is a very good job but the shift and not being flexible makes it not possible to continue.
Maintenance (Current Employee) – Thomas Jefferson on West 46 and Clark – June 10, 2013
On a typical day of work I come in and check with the custodian first and foremost. Secondly, I make sure all of the bathrooms are clean since they are most important. Next, I make sure all of the trash is taken out. Then, I get all of the classroom done, then the main office, the stairwells, the hallways, and lastly I mop the rooms and hallways. Working here I have learned the proper and thorough way to clean bathrooms, mop floors, work a floor machine, use a toilet snake, how to work in tandem with a partner, and improvise when I am by myself, and how to keep the strictest supervisors happy. The management isnt hard to get along with. I have gotten along great with all of the co-workers I have had at all the different schools I have been at. I have also gotten along with all of the teachers and principles. The hardest part of the job is to make up for an absent partner in a under staffed building and still do favors for teachers and staff and do as instructed by the custodian. The most enjoyable part of the job is keeping up with the sports team and my assigned school.
Experience in learning the proper ways to maintain a clean environment.
Trying to keep everyone happy such as all the individual teachers, secretaries, and staff who want specific things done while still doing what the custodian wants. Also, the shift that I work.
Sub General Prep/ Cashier (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – October 10, 2016
Most enjoyable job I have ever had. CMSD students and staff become like your family. I love directing students in the right path. although I worked in the cafeteria, students would tell their problems and I would give them good advice or connections to people who could help them . Students have various issues in their lives that go beyond school. and having the right person in their life to guide them with road blocks helps them to achieve graduation. I have watched and helped several CMSD students enroll at CSU and guided them around campus.
Intervention Specialist- Washington Park (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – August 3, 2016
Due to poor planning I did not have a classroom or a place to work. I brought work home everyday(grading papers, lesson planning, writing IEP's, etc). Every time the bell rang I had a different classroom to teach in, no travel time was included in my daily routine. School leadership was terrible, and as a result, many young viable teachers left this school year including myself.
I love being in the classroom with students. I love the flexibility and how the professional teachers are very supportive. I'm always learning new and different strategies and policies concerning the district, and I like engaging with the other teachers, meeting new friends on a professional-level.
opportunity advancement, and work/life balance
Substitutes don't get paid on breaks, school principals need more structure
High Stepper Advisor (Former Employee) – Cleveland, OH – July 20, 2016
I love coaching! I love the experience. The opportunity of competing against other schools. I love organizing the team. it a chance of allowing the students to engage in something else beside math and reading although maintaining grades are essential.
Everyday is a new adventure, when one deals with Parents, Teachers, Administrators, students, and Organizational partners you don't know what to expect so you must be in a professional and passionate state of mind at all times. You go to work with a hope you maybe able to accomplish a positive outcome of any situation that occurs.
I enjoy working for Cleveland Municipal Schools. It is very rewarding to interact with the children and impart hope and wisdom into there lives. Contact with the parents could be challenging, however to help solve their issue was most rewarding.
Substitue worker, so I could kind of control when I would work
Visual Arts Teacher (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – May 23, 2016
I teach everyone in the building because I am the art teacher. I always greet my students with a smile, at the door before they enter. I am always amazed by everything they do and say; they are great kids. They keep me laughing and sharing their stories (don't tell them!). They are smart, funny, challenging and willing to learn and do. I appreciate the ones that are so awesome and go above and beyond to just do the work. I am in a hallway by myself until Wednesday, that is when my team members; the music and p.e. teacher work. As an art teacher, I have contact with all of the teachers in the building; along with the principal. We are a team and we all work for the betterment of the students. Due to being in an urban area, we are faced with many challenges, however, we make it work. The toughest part is when we are faced with the many complexities of the urban environment: poverty, homelessness, hunger, the home, and lack of support from the home We, all us, just press forward and do all that we can. Teaching doesn't stop due to these circumstances; we have to be the one constant in our student's lives. We have to be there and remain steadfast when all things fall apart. I build relationships of trust and compassion. I have been at the same building for more than 16 years so I know them, their families, the community and the life. The best part of the job is when you reach them and they get it. Whether it is schoolwork or real life, when the connection happens, it is great. When the former student comes back to tell me 'thanks' and I was a good teacher. Thatmore... is priceless. THEY make it great.less
Time with family
The new level of paperwork and test after test, after test.
Secondary Math Teacher (Current Employee) – Cleveland, OH – April 2, 2016
I taught secondary math in Cleveland for two years. This is the only urban district that I have taught in but I assume that Cleveland's educational system is pretty typical compared to other urban districts. It is difficult work because the students' lives have so many other things going on. As far as leadership goes, you have to look at each individual schools principals. I had good principal both years that I taught but that will vary from building to building.
Mostly autonomous work inside your classroom, working with students
Not very organized as a district making last minute changes on teachers, too much testing on students