I enjoy working with youth, although it can be challenging at times
Dean Transportation (Current Employee) – 900 Union Avenue – January 25, 2016
I really like working for Dean Transportation, however it can be a little annoying when my hours fluctuate. I prefer a guaranteed 40 hours minimum and I don't always get it. I also need affordable benefits and full time year round employment.
Great students but needs better management; Nepotism is definitely an issue
Youth Advocate Specialist/Academic Tutor (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – January 10, 2016
I worked as a Youth Advocate for several years and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve within 4 schools (1 high school, 2 middle schools, 1 alternative school). The students have a great desire to succeed, and they will respond well when they see and know that you (as an employee) truly care about their educational advancement. Students also respond very well when they feel as if someone cares about their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Don't believe the hype seen on TV about 'terrible students'!
However, the true problems come from administration. While they system has made some great strides over the past few years, it is VERY evident that the administration could use some updating. Layoffs are very common, and there are simple solutions to problems that aren't addressed, for some reason. Nepotism is huge, although it is never truly addressed (other than a survey from staff to see how about our thoughts- how else can a teacher from out of state find a job within a 2-week span compared to a highly qualified teacher living in the city who never received an offer over a 9 month period of applying? Maybe because that teacher's father has been a principal for a number of years?....and yes, both applicants were highly qualified and shared a very similar background in terms of experiences and licensing.) Also, the administration needs to do a better job of supporting employees rather than playing 'politically correct' games. My supervisor conducted an evaluation of me that I felt should have been rated higher based upon my work and the feedback I received from the school'smore... administration.....but my supervisor didn't know what school had my placement and wasn't aware that I had been moved. How do you conduct an evaluation without knowing where your employee is??)
Overall, GRPS has a lot of great staff and caring parents that truly want better for the students. But the administration needs to really take an honest look at itself and make some changes, rather than simply cover things up and avoid difficult topics.less
Supportive staff, easy access to information, good students, access to helpful resources, decent pay, benefits
unstable placements, non-responsive administration (depending on issue)
Substitute Teacher in many schools (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids Public Schools – November 30, 2015
GRPS diversity makes its community, which becomes a rewarding and eye opening experience. I saw where some schools had all resources for the students and other schools had no resources at all (exmpl: books, workbooks, computers, lastest copy machine etc.) where others had more than needed...I worked one school where students needed to get caught up with credits for graduation...but no one was giving direction on how to get there...many students didn't even know how many credits they had or what they needed to graduate, some students didn't even need to be there. Overall the school system is a positive...but needs lots of help in protecting the education for ALL STUDENTS not just some.
Diversified with many races and cultures, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Attacked by outside money seeking greedy poachers, which causes the current superintendent stress in establishing a educational album, that caters to every sector of the education system.
School bus driver K thru 12. Lead Driver (Former Employee) – 900 Union NE Grand Rapids Mi – September 15, 2015
Overall Bus driver for 25 years. Worked for Grand Rapids Public Schools for almost 19 years. I drove K-12 students to and from school. I was also a Lead Driver. As a lead driver, I trained new employees in driving skills, how to drive the bus. I was one of 7 instructors for safety courses.
In 2005 Grand Rapids Public Schools, privatized our department with Dean Transportation. Shortly after that I moved to Florida until I retired.
Childcare Worker/Non-Certified Teacher (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – September 7, 2015
The day has a consistent schedule, which starts by greeting students as they get off the buss and enter the classroom. Then assisting student with following their daily routine to work on goals lined out by an IEP (Individual Educational Plan). Plans include one on one work with individual students at their level. The position requires team focus, patience, emotional balance and empathy. I've learned that people with disabilities are teachable and can achieve and learn everyday basic life skills through educational, family, and community support. The hardest part of my job is getting others on board, when advocating for a change to fit specific needs of a student. The most enjoyable part of my job, is getting to see a student meet a goal at which they struggle the most to reach. For example, when a student who as a social goal and out of know is spontaneously social and does it with intent. Watching a student grow is an feeling that can not be explained.
Loved the summers off, salary rates for teachers, free parking,evaluation from adminstrative was positive
Teacher (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – May 17, 2015
I enjoyed working for Grand Rapids Public Schools until the year before I retired. At that time with a new superintendent and a new principal at the high school where I worked the direction of how they viewed veteran teachers were negative and undocumented. I had 30 years in and was going to stay longer but the drive to push teachers out that was on top of pay scale was there. I had my first negative evaluation in all my years of teaching. So I just retired.
Great Health insurance, Paid sick leaves, A spring break and Christmas break with pay
Cook (Former Employee) – Race St Grand Rapids Public Schools, Michigan – August 28, 2014
It was very tough working at that school due to the fact the children at that school had behavioral problems. But the job itself was good I had to cook and serve the food to those kids. I had to be cautious and smart about to protect myself as well as the rest of the staff. I had to leave that school for better paying job.
I love working with Students,parents and the community...
Secretary/Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids,Michigan – December 11, 2013
I have enjoyed working for grps. I love working with the students,parents and the community. You never know how your day will go and that is the great thing about my job. I have learned many thinga from many people including my Principals, students,staff. I have grown so very much and I believe it is time for me to make a change in my life. The hardest thing is I will miss all the students and the staff.
I love that I have touched so many lives and watcch those students grow and come back and tell me that I touched their lives. That is so rewarding.
working with sudents, parents and the community.
i am as far as i can go on the pay and would love to work 40hrs insstead of 32hrs.
Biology Teacher (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – October 1, 2013
I have always enjoyed working with the GRPS district. I love the diversity in student population throughout the district. I enjoyed working with colleagues who have drive and desire to accomplish district goal when time calls for it. The hardest part of the job is seeing the student I have a for a semester leave to go somewhere else. The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing I ignite something new in each child mind, the "aha" moment. That is the most rewarding moment.
Management/Administration is unresponsive and unsupportive
Special Education Teacher (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – July 28, 2013
Over-all, administration/management is not interested in the concerns of the staff working directly with the children. Bullying of staff is not addressed, even when it is brought to those at the administrative level. At the teacher level and support staff level, salaries are inadequate, while administrators are well paid. The work environment was intense on a daily basis, allowed for hostile relationships, required an unrealistic workload and lacked in resources to support expectations of staff.