New York City Department of Education Employer Reviews
Job Work/Life Balance
New York City Department of Education
Job Work/Life Balance
Luck of The Draw
English Teacher (Former Employee), New York, NY – March 12, 2014
Pros: good benefits, job security
Cons: heavy workload, not conducive to work-life balance, salary not commensurate with the hours
Job satisfaction will be directly related to the environment and culture of the school in which you work. A lot of this is dependent on how supportive and open the administration is. Politically motivated principals and assistant principals will make this job significantly difficult and miserable.
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee), New York, NY – March 11, 2014
• Implement classroom routine for the students to create consistent classroom expectations • Provide individual support to students with academic class work • Oversee arrival and departure of students • Provide support to the special education teacher as the instructional program is implemented
Occupational Therapist (Current Employee), Long Island City, NY – February 26, 2014
Pros: great related service team and knowledgeable occupational therapists
Cons: increased workload with daily notes and back to back treatment sessions without break
A typical day at work treatment starts at 8:00 with at least 9 sessions per day. Related service providers such as speech therapists and occupational therapists are knowledgeable. Participate in various co-treatment activity with students throughout the school environment. Emphasis is based on redundant notes and paperwork which causes low moral. Emphasis – more... is also on running groups with students diagnosed with high functioning Autism Spectrum. Commute to work is 1.5 hours and that is about the hardest part of my job. The most enjoyable part of the job is treatment sessions with the students. The New York City Department of Education does provide with decent continuing education courses and benefits. – less
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), New York, NY – February 20, 2014
-Employed materials and techniques of regular teacher where available. -Fostered safe, positive and supportive learning environment. -Ensured good order and behavior in and out of class. -Filled in for absent teachers in emergency and on short and medium term assignments. -Followed teaching programs set by regular teachers and prepared outlines when – more... necessary. – less
Paraprofessional Educator (Current Employee), Long Island City, NY – February 13, 2014
A typical day at work is greeting the children as they come into school.Helping the children that come in off the bus to make sure they go into have breakfast Helping children as they unpack to get ready for the day. Working in small group instruction on one to one assisting a child with a disability. What I learned at this school is to be a leader – more... and be a team player. The hardest part of the job is not being able to help a child beyond the school day. Most enjoyable part of my job is seeing and making a child smile. Also when children have accomplished a skill that has just been taught like reading their sight words or reading their leveled books. – less
Teacher (Former Employee), New York, NY – January 29, 2014
Pros: positive environment with a great diverse population, i
For about 8 years I worked at this school instructing students in all subjects areas, in small groups and providing one-to-one support. I also provide families the assistance necessary to make sure my students are successful in their learning. A typical day at work includes instructing whole classes of about 25-28 students each. Checking assignments, – more... interacting in a learning community.
In this profession I have learned discipline, cooperation, great management skills, how to create a safe environment of respect and acceptance for all the people around me including my students. I have worked with a very diverse population where diversity is valued, cooperation and respect is extremely important.
The hardest part of my job is to know that some families are in financial needs and as a care giver, not be able to assist as much as I would like to.
The most enjoyable part of my job is to see all the smiley faces every morning and to know that I have been given the opportunity to work in a field where I can be an inspiration and a role model to others. It is a blessing to help families in the important role of educating our children. – less
I genuinely believe my future contributions will enhance the quality of services
Family Worker (Former Employee), New York, NY – January 21, 2014
I functioned as Family Paraprofessional /Family Worker with the New York City Department of Education which further developed my skill sets while working with “The LYFE Program” and “Special Education Services”.
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), Brooklyn, NY – January 8, 2014
Cons: no medical benefits
This is a position that requires flexibility and creativity. Also, you must be able to successfully maintain a classroom environment and be prepared to deal with issues as they arise. Time management skills are essential as well as the ability to engage students and quickly identify different learning styles .
7th grade math and physical science teacher (Former Employee), New York, NY – January 2, 2014
Pros: make a difference in kids lives
Cons: staff and polices with bad priorities
Difficult environment to both teach and to try and learn for those kids. The teachers union has eliminated the ability for principals to reward teachers who provide great service and find innovative ways to help children learn. They reward the lazy and provide incentives to only stay at par level. In the end the kids pay the cost of this mess.
You – more... can make a difference if you are prepared and have realistic expectations. Talk to as many active teachers as you can at the school you are looking to work at so you can be prepared. – less
Crazy and hectic workplace that keeps you on your toes.
Teacher (Current Employee), New York, NY – January 2, 2014
Pros: working with kids and hopefully making a positive impact in their lives, vacation time and great staff on my grade
Cons: amount of take home work, parents and administration who do not participate or have unrealistic expectations.
Never a moment to breath! I pick up my class at 7:55 and we start our day right away. I've learned how to accommodate different learning styles for my students as well as how to deal with administrators who are difficult in a calm demeanor. The hardest part of being a teacher is trying to meet administrators unrealistic expectations for students who – more... are far below the benchmark of where they should be for their age/grade, advocating for services that they need/should get but don't, and trying to have parents take part in their child's education. The most enjoyable part of being a teacher is seeing the look of "eureka" on my students faces when they understand/master a task, it's the best feeling in the world. – less
School Based Support Team Social Worker (Former Employee), New York, NY – December 15, 2013
Pros: summers off
A typical day began as soon as I walked near the school building, as I would see many of the students and they would request a session with me after having had a tremulous night at home. I learned patience, compassion and learned a lot from my students about every day life. Management on the other hand, because of politics, was not always placing the – more... needs of the students first which lead to a lot of compromises and broken promises to the students. The hardest part of the job was dealing with all the red tape. My most enjoyable and rewarding part was, and still is, working with my students. I continue to keep in touch with many of them. – less