Pros: great work/life balance, great pto, good sense of teamwork in the school, the school has great leadership
Cons: little/no professional development, insurance a bit expensive, some slow/inefficient processes
While I can't speak for the other programs at Esperanza, the school has made a lot of improvement over the past year and continues to strengthen its services. With a few more tweaks and some fine tuning, this will be a top notch program that I would send my children to.
Staff within the school are really working as a team and morale has increased considerably. – more... All students have shown great improvements both academically and behaviorally this past year, all of which can be attributed to Esperanza's push to utilize only evidence-based teaching/behavioral techniques in the classrooms.
Teachers have received a lot more support and have been invested in more compared to previous years. This seems to have made a huge difference in the classroom structure and instruction overall.
The new principal has really helped to transform the culture and attitude within the school. There is a lot more communication, staff are included in decision-making processes, and she is always visible around the school helping where needed.
The school really treats the students well. Every year at Christmas, the students get presents from several outside organizations (good presents!). There's also different parties for them throughout the year and a full Thanksgiving feast.
PTO is better than any other agency I've worked at. Between PTO days and holidays, staff essentially get upwards of 7 weeks off a year. Insurance is a bit on the expensive side, but it's not the worst I've seen. They do at least offer both vision and dental as an option which is not always the case.
Within the school, staff appreciation comes in the form of a bi-weekly recognition award (which has seemed to be something all staff are excited about). Outside the school, agency-wide staff appreciation comes in the form of Friday Appreciation (we've had everything from pizza to breakfast, from Italian pastries to tamales; it's always something fun). There are also a lot of events throughout the year that are fun to attend (Masquerade Ball, Gala, etc.).
All in all, it's a great place to work, perfect current skills and learn a lot of new things; and since it's in the middle of an huge turnaround, staff get a unique opportunity to be a meaningful part of exciting changes. – less