A challenging and exciting environment.
Pros: friendly work environment.
Cons: driving distance
A typical day at work would begin between 6 and 6:30 a.m. and included making sure that all ESOL classes were covered by either the assigned teachers or appropriate substitutes. Later I would administer CELLA and programmatic assessments to all new ELL registrations, while answering teachers' and administrators questions and concerns regarding ELLs, counseling parents and problem students, etc.
Additionally I taught an English2-through ESOL class.
After the school day ended at 2:20 p.m., I would remain at my desk for approximately two to three hours, or later, until all additional paperwork was completed.
Although I brought many years of experience to the job, I learned how to set priorities so I could juggle very diverse duties.
The administration is very supportive and always courteous and respectful of teachers, parents and students.
My coworkers are highly qualified teachers who are always ready to lend a helping hand, and the support staff is extremely helpful .
The hardest part of the job was having to comply with increasingly complex district and state mandates that continually multiply the amount of required paperwork. Also, preparing for multiple ESOL audits has been challenging. I am proud to report that there have been no audit exceptions since I took over the ESOL Department.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction of watching students' progress, and helping parents cope with the demands of life in a new culture.