Special Education Teacher (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – July 24, 2016
Houston ISD offers training and very well qualified trainers for any professional Development that one may need or be interested in taking. Houston ISD offers competitive pay scales as compared to other districts. The personnel in Houston ISD are helpful and professional.
Francis Scott Key Jr. High (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – July 18, 2016
Houston ISD has undergone many changes over its history. The year I was hired was the first year of court-enforced desecration of the Houston schools. It was a challenging experience for all teachers, administration, students and parents.
5th and 2nd Grade Teacher, Burbank Elementary (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – July 16, 2016
My day started at 7:45, where we ate breakfast in the classroom. Learning started at 8:00 a.m. Reading and phonics were our morning block. Restroom breaks thrown in there as we took group restroom breaks. I was located in the furthest portable from the school. I would do a mini-lesson, facilitate student learning, and would work with students in small group based on their reading level. We then would go to specials, and then onto language arts. Small-group learning was also provided for this subject, as was every other subject. Lunch and recess followed. Then, we did our math rotations and wrapped up the school day with science and social studies. Then we would prepare for dismissal. I had bus duty. We wrote rigorous lesson plans weekly and used most of our time outside the school to complete duties as such. I learned something everyday. I absolutely loved my co-workers and my admin. The hardest part of the job would be documenting my troubled-children. This is just because I would have to take notes during the day and then transcribe them onto Review 360 (our documentation tool) after school. The best part of my job was when a student grasped what was being taught and enjoying it. I absolutely love being a teacher and do not have anything too hard that I couldn't deal with. I developed positive relationships with each student. I enjoy my job, and absolutely love fostering the minds of children. I want to be that teacher, where in 20 years, my students remember me as being someone inspirational.
Supportive admin, great co-workers
Construction for a new edition created a problem for parking this year
The hardest part of the job was teaching students who did not want to learn in grades 6-8, so no longer interested in teaching them. I had a great time with grades PreK-2 and high school. Some of the teachers were not friendly. Should be paid more for the work
45 minute planning time, healthcare benefits throughout the year
No pay during holidays and summer break/some schools did not turn in payroll
I worked with kids of all ages and abilities and I found that they all needed someone to be a leader and understanding entity. I had many helpers in each school and used each classroom for educational and life skills at every chance. I love being apart of the children lives. I learned to be patient, spontaneous, resourceful, and more open to people different from me.
I am a product of HISD, so, my management and co-workers were my teachers and coaches. They were very receiving of me and made sure I did not make "rookie mistakes". The hardest part is that we have long way to go with the parental involvement with HISD. We can only do so much as teachers, then we send them home.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – June 26, 2016
I enjoyed working for the district. Personnel office is always prompt in answering questions. Most co-workers were friendly. Working with the students was a great experience as respect was gained from all. My first year ended well with the students.
Morning duty consists of monitoring students when they arrive, make sure they get to class and assist them when needed, lunch duty consists of assisting them such as helping them clean up if they made a mess, open milks, take them to the nurse if they are feeling sick etc, and the rest of the time just follow your schedule provided by one of your admins.
The typical day starts early and the better part of the job is interacting with students. The bulk of the days activities are generally in a lesson plan but when one ISN'T available a good sub has to gather any classroom materials at his/her disposal and create an assignment to keep the students engaged.
Interaction with young people who enjoy learning, working in the company of men and women dedicated to society at large.
Interaction with young people who don't appreciate the value of an education, leadership more concerned with looking good on paper than in kids learning ANYTHING, a quasi-corporate culture which thinks education can be ran as a business.
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – June 14, 2016
I was able to teach Social Studies at a Houston ISD middle school for one year. It was a larger school than I was accustomed to, and I did not realize the challenges that would present themselves as a result. I also joined this team during a transition year, as a result, the culture was shifting and there were many challenges to overcome.
I began my employment with HISD in 1998 as a teacher assistant. I continued being a teacher assistant until 2007, when I graduated college. I left HISD for a while and returned as a Substitute Teacher in 20015. I had always wanted to become a teacher, but circumstances will have it that I took an approach to a different career path.
I get to take part in a child's learning experience.
Sometimes a child may exhibit inappropriate behaviors.