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I enjoyed my 22 years as an IPS Adult Education Teacher.
Teacher (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INOctober 13, 2014
Pros: hours, administrations availability, benefits
Cons: being the only teacher in the building, back to back classes
I worked as a full time Adult Education Teacher during the day and also as a part time instructor two nights per week. A typical day was teaching 2 classes in the AM and 1 afternoon class and one class from 4-7 PM. I also taught at IUPUI two nights per week.
Classroom management was very important. We had rules and were expected to follow them. My co-workers – more... were not in the same building. We had monthly meeting to collaborate and reconnect with each other. The hardest part of the job was dealing with the outside agencies that were connect to each student. For example, the DOC sent many of their clients to the IPS/GED classes. Also, the Adult Education classes were housed in buildings that were not owed by IPS. It was as though I had two bosses. However, the joys of the job outweighed any hardships that may have cropped up. I enjoyed the students, the teaching itself, and ,yes, even the paperwork. – less
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SUBSTITUTE TEACHER (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INSeptember 20, 2014
Pros: loved kids
Cons: environment for subs is horrible
Substitute teaching is very difficult job, kids do not have any respect for subs, and therefore
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easy job
Special Education Assistant (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INSeptember 14, 2014
Pros: hours and doing the job
Cons: pay is not good
Love working with students and parents and keeping them informed
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Support Staff works for benefits!
Classroom Paraprofessional (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INAugust 5, 2014
It was a pleasure to work with students with special needs. The benefits far outweighed the pay!!! The joy of being with children and working closely to reach their individual goals, was unmeasurable. Also, the staff was admirable! The memories formed while working here are my true gems, treasures of a lifetime. I am now a rich woman.
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IPS
Assistant Supervisor (Transportation) (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INJuly 17, 2014
IPS is a school system in flux. It is a reforming entity that's cutting clean of nonproductive personnel and systems. The ever changing environment is sometimes tense and affects the individuals negatively that are working there. When the dust settles we will see how it (IPS) operates.
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Great Company
Custodian (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INJuly 15, 2014
Pros: got to learn a new trade
Cons: it was only sesonal
I learned a lot with this company. Layn carpet was one thing I thought I would never do. I would just go to aparments and lay new carpet
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Teaching Experience
Teacher (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INJuly 4, 2014
Pros: working with innercity kids
Cons: political atmosphere with educational system
Arrive at school early to greet children
Welcome students
take attendance
check homework in
give the students an overview of the day, provide materials for study. Assemble learning groups, assess student progress, adjust daily lesson plan according to student needs

The hardest part of the job lies in dealing with challenging students, and their specific – more... and unique demands

The part I enjoy the most is when you can tell the students have mastered a skill set, or a particular assignment or field of study – less
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productive
Food service worker (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INJune 23, 2014
Pros: felt very secure
Cons: worked in a cold environment
productive and a fun environment; felt very secure; enjoyed going to work each day; family oriented
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I enjoyed working with the children, we just had to many days off.
Bus Attendant (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INJune 17, 2014
I would get on the bus with the driver and I was the person that watched the students, made sure they were doing there job as a student.
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Great place to work, there just seems to be no job security.
Registrar/Job Specialist (Current Employee), Indianapolis, IndianaApril 21, 2014
Pros: professional yet relaxed atmosphere
Cons: job instability in the school district
A typical day at work is entering students into the district via registration and then putting there classes into the system that they need toward graduation. I've learned how to create a Master Schedule for the building in which I work. I've learned how to do DOE Reports and more. My coworkers are wonderfu caring teachers and administrators who try – more... to understand and help meet the needs of our students. The hardest part of my job is when I see a student give up on him/herself. Graduation is the most enjoyable part because it means that we have succeeded in helping educate another student. Everyone deserves an opportunity to be successful. – less
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Great Work Place
Bus Driver (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INApril 15, 2014
Pros: flexibility
Cons: 10 month employment
Start the day with a positive approach, continue to have a safe work environment and have a productive.
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working with children of all ages
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INApril 2, 2014
Pros: you worked when and where you wanted to
Cons: no medical or dental insurance
You are expected to come to work at least 30 minutes early, dressed properly and ready to work, you learned how to interact with children, and to monitor them ,management was just a phone call away if any major problems happened, coworkers were always close or in the same room with you, the hardest part of the job was controlling a bunch of chaos, the – more... most enjoyable part of the job was payday and the flexibility of the job – less
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MUSIC TEACHER
Teacher/Outreach Leader (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INMarch 17, 2014
making sure all plays and special performances are in order and ready. also introducing all sorts of music to students weekly
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Never a dull moment.
Special Education Teacher (Current Employee), Indianapolis, INMarch 13, 2014
Pros: 5 day weeks, no weekends, several breaks, teaching others to learn
Cons: lots of paperwork
Great hours 7:15- 2:45
Five days a week, no weekends
At least one week vacation time every ten weeks
Nice co-workers
Hardest part is completing all of the paperwork
Most enjoyable part is seeing students getting excited about learning the material
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This job needs more caring teachers and involved parents
Athletic Coordinator (Current Employee), Indianapolis, IndianaFebruary 13, 2014
Great place to work and gain experience working with youth.
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I learned alot about the Food Service Industry.
Food Service Manager (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: free lunch, medical benefits, good hours
Cons: it was alot of serving and cooking
Being a Food Satellite Manager you would have to travel alot. I had to go to different schools affilated with Indianapolis Public Schools each day. I would have to order enough pre-cooked meals to serve over 800 students and faculty members breakfast and lunch each day. I would have to pre-cook the meals and check the temperature to make sure they were – more... fully cooked. Temperature checking happened often to ensure the pre-cooked meals qualified to be served. I would serve a hot pack and a cold pack. They would get a milk out of the cooler. I would have to check off names so that I would have an accurate count of how many meals were used by the end of the day. After all students and facility members were served I would have to clean the facility. I wiped down tables, counters and chairs and anything in the facility that needed to be cleaned that I used to service that day. When I was through cleaning I would have to do the accounting functions for that day. I had to maintain and balance the journal without any mathematical error. Put the journal and any money collected inside a lock box to be picked up. Then I was able to go home for the day. I learned how to maintain and balance a journal without mathematical errors. I also learned alot about temperature control. This was a job where I worked by myself so I didn't have co-workers here. Keeping up with the flow of the environment was pretty hard for me. The most enjoyable part was being my own boss. – less
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Pleasant work environment
Special Education Teacher (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INDecember 31, 2013
Pros: health care, pay, work hours
Cons: budget cuts
Teaching students to read and do math, preparing Individual Education Plans, working on students strengths to help them excell in different vocational programs such as cosmetology, brick laying, construction, etc Hardest part of job was not being able to help everyone. Most enjoyable was seeing the smile and kids faces when they were able to master – more... things they that they never would. I learned that if there is a need for help then I should be there to do it – less
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Rewarding daily helping with the education of a student.
Teacher Assistant (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INSeptember 25, 2013
I worked with a special education students one-on-one with class work in the regular classroom setting. Often managing the classroom in the teacher's absence. Followed lesson plans given to me by the teacher.Sometimes I was present for parent-teacher conferences. Created and implimented an after school activity.
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Was not impressed with this company
Long term Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INAugust 23, 2013
Enjoyed working with the students, that was about it. Long hours, schedule change, high demand.
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Decent hours, and pay
Guest Teacher [Mrs Gaston] (Former Employee), Indianapolis, INAugust 21, 2013
A nice job ...however, the computer system for accepting positions and the IPS Substitute policy makes regular dependable work unvaible for this job.

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