Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Patchogue, NY – October 19, 2015
I worked at ESB for just over 6 years. I truly loved working there for the most part. Working with the special Ed population, there were times that I was concerned about being injured and I had been. It's just something to be aware of. I was very proud to be able to positively affect my students. The hours were great, the vacations time, summers off, snow days LOL and the benefits were good. I loved the staff as well. For me, it was a great job that I enjoyed. The negatives are the salary..it's not great Risk of injury No real advancement opportunities unless you go to college and become a teacher and the chances of that are slim There are no raises outside of the contract which for people like me who put their all into the job, is a let down. Union dues are too high
** Note that the salary is based on a 30 hour week
Hours, benefits, vacation, people, kids
salary, no raises outside of the contract, risk possible injury
Laid back organization with numerous branches and departents
Teacher Integration Specialist (Trainer) (Current Employee) – Holbrook, NY – September 17, 2015
Organization deeply embedded into school districts on Eastern Long Island. Involved with and provides numerous services such as professional development for school personnel, alternate/ intensive schooling for students with special needs, and vocational training for students.
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Patchogue, NY – August 30, 2015
Because of my move out of state, it was with great regret that I had to leave my job at Boces. The environment was friendly. I got along well with my co-workers. The medical and dental benefits were good. I also appreciated working a school calendar which gave me flexibility to be with my daughter and offered me time to pursue my own business ventures. The hardest part- being that my job duties were mainly working one on one with a special needs (mostly Autistic) student, they could become quite aggressive at times. Injury was a possibility every day depending on the child's behaviors. However, the rewards of working with that population were incredible. The hourly salary was good although being only a 30 hour work week and paying union dues, it dwindled down quite a bit.
Short work day, Very rewarding, Great co-workers, Good Benefits
No advancement opprotunites or merit raises. Risk of possible injury.
Account Clerk (Former Employee) – Holbrook, NY – July 5, 2015
I worked there for 15 years. The environment was always friendly although very fast paced. They regarded their employees as family. If not for relocating to Florida I probably would have stayed forever.
Bilingual Family Educator (Former Employee) – Central Islip, NY – June 3, 2015
Great environment to work at. Helped a lot of students achieve their goals.Served to give students confidence and motivation at their workplace. helped them build different skill sets and expand their horizons.
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Port Jefferson, Centereach and other places – April 26, 2015
If I did not enjoy teaching - simply put I would not do it.... I've been with ESBOCES for several years now and I find every year the students become more challenging as they would rather spend time on their IPADS or phones then doing actual work so for me I become more creative and ask the tech be put aside..
the rewards are when my students succeed and I see the joy on their faces
Working at Eastern Suffolk BOCES is a pleasure in regards to working with special needs children on a daily basis.
Special Education Aide (Current Employee) – Patchogue, NY – April 19, 2015
Working at Eastern Suffolk BOCES is a pleasure in regards to working with special needs children. The programs that Eastern Suffolk BOCES provide for the children are designed to build the children's daily life routines and teach the children appropriate behaviors. I work in a classroom environment with a team of individuals that provide the support for these children daily.
BOCES Premm Learning Center is an enjoyable place to work.
Substitute Para Educator Special Ed Aide (Current Employee) – Patchogue, NY – December 5, 2014
I work with young children 5 yrs -18 yrs. who are physically and mentally challenged. In the past five years, I have a lot more respect for the teachers of special education. I am a patient, loving, compassionate and caring individual that has learned to work as a team and rely on each other for mental and physical support. Each child brings you joy in a different ways whether it be their achievements of goals or to get up out of a wheelchair and starting walking. Their successes are yours to share. When they move up to another school you see what their parents see that you were a part of helping them get there.
The hardest part of this job is the physical demands to keeping a child safe from themselves and others. It's difficult as a mother to know some children may never talk, walk, see or hear. I seem to know how to communicate with love and try to get them excited to be at school. They feel that and sometimes that's all they want is to know someone loves them.
dances, parties, school gatherings, like family, i could take off when needed for my family no questions asked, flexible schedules as a sub.