Typical day of work- half the time I was texted at 6am, saying I had to substitute in a random classroom, so any plans I had for the day had to be rescheduled. Very frustrating. Show up, kids screaming,crying- many are happily playing but many are spoiled and have separation anxiety. Kids are separated into groups- to get around DCFS standards Elmhurst Academy has to redefine what a wall is- so 3 groups of 10 children can be in one classroom. The infant room and toddler room isn't as chaotic- smaller enrollment.
You may not get a lunch break- but if you do it's only a half hour in a nine hour work day. How is this legal? Cuz a business with less than 25 employees can do pretty much whatever they want. You get paid salary here- which makes it okay to be forced into working 50-60 hour weeks. which happens quite a bit. Co-workers are okay- some of the teachers are awesome but there's a huge turnover there for a reason.
The weirdest thing about working here is the picture taking. Teachers are constantly photographing the students for their portfolios. It gets in the way of actually teaching. Once a little girl tied her shoe for the first time- instead of just saying "good job" or whatever- the teacher made the girl stop so she could get her camera, then basically re-stage her tying her shoe. Really counter-productive.
Hardest part of the job- having no energy for a life outside of work. Best part of the job- lots of fun activities and visitors, never a dull day. But again, it's an exhausting place to work.