K-4 General Music Teacher (Former Employee) – Peoria, AZ – June 6, 2016
Both growing up in the district and getting the opportunity to work with them as well was always a wonderful experience. I was always greeted by amazing coworkers upon entry and always had people to talk to during the long days. My kids were always so amazing and over the summers I would miss them dearly.
Of course being a teacher you should expect to put in the extra hours that are not on your typical schedule. Coming in early and leaving home late while creating lesson plans over the weekend just seems like normal after a point in time.
I would highly recommend giving Peoria Unified School District a look at if you're considering teaching.
Music Teacher (Former Employee) – Peoria, AZ – May 22, 2015
I worked for the Peoria Unified School District since moving to Arizona in 2007. I was attracted to their A rating as a district in the state and their support of the Arts. It is a great district which continues to evolve and improve with the changes in technology. They recently updated all of the teacher workstations to tablets which is great! I am sad though to learn that they are one of the lowest paid districts in the state. I think they should remain competitive with other districts salary wise to maintain their good teachers. I myself am leaving for a career change for more pay. I would recommend them as an employer as they will do whatever they can to make sure their employees are supported.
Teacher, Vistancia Elementary School (Current Employee) – Peoria, AZ – July 1, 2015
Each day is different. You never know what it will bring. I fully enjoy my work environment and my colleagues. The hardest part of the job is there is never enough hours in the day. There is always something more you would like to teach or add on to your lesson. The most enjoyable part of the job for me is that is it so rewarding to see your students succeed and learn. It is that Ah Ha moment when they get it.
Food Service Assistant (Current Employee) – Peoria, AZ – February 19, 2016
I enjoyed my time working for this company, in fact it was one of the best jobs I've had. However, it was only part time and could not support me what so ever, I ended up getting a second job and then quitting because I found one job that gave me up to 40 hours a week. This job is perfect if you're just looking to make a little bit of cash, but it's not something I would devote my life to.
Free lunch, good people, relatively easy work, time off
Janitor (Former Employee) – Peoria, AZ – March 15, 2016
The hours were wonderful. Great co-workers. The School I worked at was very close to my house. I learned that it takes a lot of time and hard work to keep a business clean, sanitary, and in order. From fixing, setting up graduations, and cleaning not a moment was spared.
Great training for employees and focused on student growth
Substitute teacher (Current Employee) – Peoria, AZ – January 26, 2015
The typical day for a substitute teacher is basically following the lesson plan for the day and executing policies and procedures set forth by the district. I have learned that students have different learning patterns. Management and co-workers are always fantastic and answer any questions I may have. The hardest part of the job is ensuring student understanding of a given topic. The most enjoyable part of the job is the satisfaction you get from serving others.
Teacher and Coach (Current Employee) – Glendale, AZ – January 28, 2015
A typical work day included working with students in the classroom and collaborating with my co-workers in regards to setting up a positive learning environment. Each day, I learned something new in regards to how to better motivate and teach the young people that I came in contact with. The administration was positive and very supportive of my work. The most enjoyable part of my job was seeing the look on the students faces when they were successful with a given task. At times, it was hard to get the students to believe that they could accomplish their task, but over time, they would realize that I was there to help them be the best that they could be in school as well as in life.
Filling in for full-time employees at various schools
Substitute Custodian (Former Employee) – Glendale, AZ – February 20, 2014
Assigned to different schools around the school district to clean different areas. Learned how to do the basic functions of a full-time custodian. Management was extremely helpful in keeping little down between assigned schools and was always reassuring. Co-workers changed with the school and allowed networking towards a full-time position. Hardest part was the down time between assignments. Most enjoyable part was being able to meet a lot of different people.
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Peoria, AZ – August 7, 2013
Kids are fun and challenging. Different rules for different schools is hard to keep up with. Constant change throughout the day. No training.
a good job for a parent with a college education who has school age kids, since it is during the hours the kids are in school, flexible in days you want to work.
as a substitute there is no training, since they assume you have a teaching degree or are in the process of getting one, to maximize being called for a job, one has to sing up to work multiple school sites, this results in different schools, time start is different, lunch breaks, prep, discipline at each school is different, everything is constant changing everyday.
Great memories with wonderful staff (we still meet monthly) and great students!
Spanish teacher (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – May 31, 2013
My fondest professional memories as all four of my children attended Cactus High School while I worked there. I am still in contact with many of my past students and meet with the retired staff twice a month. We are truly family.
I was involved in the Spanish Club; Sponsored the Freshman class in Student Government; Sponsored the Hip Hop Team and volunteered tutoring our English Language Students.
Professional instruction time: 6:30 - 3:30 and after school involvement as a spectator to many sports and plays and musical events.
i would only say the con is that it is only a memory now. :)