Spent 5 years working at Ivymount
Teacher's Assistant (Former Employee) – Rockville, MD – January 20, 2016
I gained some really valuable experiences working at this school. It was my first full time introduction to working with students with Autism and other disabilities (or varied abilities I should say)
There were some great OT's, PT's, behavior therapists and SLPs who were always great to work alongside. Sadly they moved on and there seemed to be a high turnover of staff ever year. This can be good and bad, it certainly keeps things fresh. New people new idea and approaches.
The commute was a little tough, an hour door to door, but you can get used to it especially when you find out that there are a lot more staff who travel from farther distances everyday. There's the good the bad and the ugly, but the good usually outweighed the bad.
If anything, having great colleagues overrides some poor management or those in senior positions who barely interacted with the daily goings on yet wanted to lord it over hard working staff whenever they slipped up or put on a good show of authority when outsiders or parents came in
Its a tough and rewarding job even if the pay could be better. bonuses were a blessing but were not always guaranteed. The most enjoyable part was seeing your students get it and watching them overcome challenges. The hardest part was colleagues who come to work to doss and are only there for the paycheck.
Flexible environment at times, great if you have kids or otherwise. Great exposure to all aspects of SPED
Having to work all year round with only two weeks off, not great if you have kids.