Pros: management, staff, diverse environment, supportive
I have been a Paraeducator since November 2013 in the KSD, and I love it. My past two principals have been supportive and very caring. My hours at my former position dropped from 7 to 3, but the Principal was nice enough to give me a good recommendation at another school with a full-time position, and I was offered two positions, and took one of them as an IP Paraeducator. I currently have my BS Degree in Elementary Education, but not my certficiation which is why I am a Para and not a full-time certified teacher. However, I did inform my principal of my goal to complete my Masters and dual cert, and she is completely supportive ! I work in a Title 1 school, and I love the school I work at. We are the number one most diverse school in the KSD, and it is a great experience to come to work and be involved with students of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. I worked at a nanny agency nannying for rich families in the Seattle area, and I didn't enjoy it. I felt they had an entitled attitude, and at this school the students are there to work hard, and it makes it a pleasure to come to work everyday. I will continue to work in the KSD, and inform others how great it is, and how good they treat their employees.
Only negative is the pay. Yes, hourly rate is good, but they spread it out through the year so you get paid summers, and the monthly take home pay is near poverty level. But that is why getting a second job on the side would be necessary. But honestly, I would rather enjoy my job then get paid a lot of money to do something I hated. So overall, I think it is a trade off. And the full-time benefits are good: Dental and Vision are free (I just got $500 pair of glasses for $45!) and medical is pretty decent too.