Special Education Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Thornton, CO – February 17, 2017
As a special education paraprofessional, the job description makes it sound as though you will mostly be a teacher's aide. You must have college experience to do your job but the background doesn't necessary have to be related. In my particular classroom, the bulk of the work is done by the paras. The instruction is given by us, the curriculum is implemented by us, the tests are administered by us, and so on. In addition to taking on the role of a certified teacher (which we are not), there are various medical needs and behaviors that really require the students to have more support than they receive. Unfortunately, it is difficult in this particular building to really get through to administration just how difficult the position can be. They expect a lot from us but don't give us the proper resources OR keep our classrooms fully staffed. Ultimately, determine if you truly have a passion for special needs children before pursuing that type of position in this district. If you aren't okay with basically taking on the role of the teacher and then some, you may want to rethink taking this position. The kids are phenomenal and all the want is someone to treat them like a normal kid. They deserve better resources and support.
Secondary Social Sciences Teacher (Current Employee) – Denver, CO – February 14, 2017
Small public school district that has struggled in the past, it serves a high percentage of English language and low-income students. Depending on the school, there can be strong levels of support for staff. Because the children have such high needs this job makes you want to give more. The teachers who stay, do so because they know they are making a real difference in the lives of the children they serve.
Special Education Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Thornton, CO – December 2, 2016
Enjoyed working with the kids but the special education department was a joke. They make the pay sound great but i was there for years and only brought home $500 every two weeks. I was treated like chewed gum on a shoe. Always yelled at by teachers who thaught of u as "just a para". Sad because i did enjoy the student.
Performing Arts teacher (Former Employee) – Skyview campus – August 6, 2016
Advancement in this district depends on who you are related to. Family ties run deep here. This workplace is hostile with a high rate of turnover. My administrator wasn't even licensed, but there is no way to report to CDE, unless you confront the school board. The last teacher that complained was not renewed. I was harassed sexually, bullied and treated like a peon. Security is lax, many unlocked doors and places for kids to get in trouble.
Title 1 experience
Large classes, staff culture of bullying and inappropriate behavior
Excellent colleagues, poor administration (at the time).
Language Arts Teacher (Former Employee) – Thornton, CO – February 8, 2015
I have been gone from this district for thirteen years, so it is not practical or purposeful to review it. At the time (1999-2002), however, it was a small, financially-strapped and poorly administered district. I had a new principal for each of the three years I worked there, alongside a highly professional, veteran staff. Were it not for the excellence and experience of my colleagues, it would have been a very difficult working environment.
Driven, supportive veteran staff.
Inferior, transient administration at district and building level.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – May 4, 2014
As a current employee, the district is understaffed and underfunded, leading the superintendent and other admin to ask WAY too much of all employees. Union is nearly useless for beginning employees. Staff is great, although outlook is bleak, at best.
head custodian (Current Employee) – 591 E.80th Ave.Denver,CO.80229 – March 16, 2014
Very busy and fast paced.I learned how to work with a varity of different machines and tools that are required to get the job done and learned how to do a varity repairs to the facility.I run a crew of 2 custodians under my supervision.Being a small district we are under staffed so we have to cover the building when crew members call in sick or are gone for long lengths of tme.The statisfaction of making someones day when you helped them out!
Free lunches for helping out the food department with there daily cleaning duties.
Short staffed in the custodial department, me and crew need to cover are own absences.