The work is its own reward.
Education Technician III (Former Employee) – Portland, ME – September 23, 2017
I will speak to the issue of job advancement: after 7 years as a Substitute Teacher I developed a relationship with one special school in particular. When an opening became available there as an Ed Tech I got the job. I worked in that position 8 years. I gravitated towards certain grades, worked well with teachers and excelled at teaching/working with certain subjects, and so my devotion, excitement and commitment grew and grew with the passing years.
Job security/advancement potential for an Ed Tech is low however, and eventually with a different Principal and staff was suddenly moved and placed into gaps and duties that were for me "counter intuitive". The resulting ripple-effect poor culture became a burden. For an Ed Tech there is no advancement or security: work as hard and with as much devotion as you may but you shall receive no security or advancement. You must truly be there to help students. Quite simply I was moved into an area of work that was no longer productive, and so the gradual accumulation of accomplishment and pride in my contributions was gone. I miss my co-workers and the students more than words can say; I believe it was the greatest work I have ever done, the best job I ever had, but alas, unsustainable without acknowledgement of my personal strengths or the respect that should come with years of dedication and excellence.
Working with students
No potential for acquiring/developing professional respect