Pros: feel you make a difference in someones life. a good amount of time off
Cons: sometimes you got hurt and it wasn't always rainbows and sunshine
I had several jobs while at Gateway Longview. I worked at the Therapuetic Preschool for 5 years. My work day was a busy one but that was part of what I loved about it. I got to care for children, teach them important lessons in social cues as well as their basic preschool requirments of learning the ABC's and 123's. The last job I did at the Preschool – more... I was a Crisis Intervention Worker in 3 classrooms. I would go from class to class to help them through tough transitions, assit when children were having behaviors and to simply be with the children. I got to know the kids, spent time reading and playing. I also wrote behavior plans and had to make sure they were being followed by staff. I had to ensure the children's safety if a child was having a behavior. We used Therapuetic Crsis Interventions (TCI) with the children for the safety during the day.
I leanred many things about developmental milestones, learning styles, disabilities and therapies. I also got to do some minor lesson planning for teaching socialemotion skills using the Incredible Years curriculum.
My managers were pretty descent here. I am not sure if they alwasy knew what is was like to be in the classroom day in and day oers ut but they would try to be understanding and accommadating as best they could, I like my supervisors and felt I could come to them if I felt there was something going on with a child or had concern for another co-worker. I also felt supported in times when I was hurt on the job.
My co-workers here were great as well. I loved how well would worked together it was like a finely tuned machine. Sometimes I wish I had not left this position after I finished my masters program but I guess it was good because change means growth,
The hardest part of this job was that I was responsible for these little people who were amazing in their own right. They had behaviors and act out in public which at times early on in my career were embarassing.
The most enjoyable part of this job was in the down time with kids. They are so honest and funny. We got to play games, make art and read together. Their imaginations were endless and over the top. It was amazing to see them learn sometimes it was like you could see the wheels turning and when they understood they would just light up. This job definatley made me feel like I was doing great things for the best people in the world because the children are our future. – less