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They do well with what they have, but are radicvally underfunded
Language Arts and Social Studies substitute (Former Employee), Portland, ORAugust 25, 2014
No jobs available to anyone, I worked as an aid for three years and became a foster care therapist, provider and support coordinator without even finding an interview.
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Good organization - just no work life balance.
Director of Accounting & Payroll (Current Employee), Main OfficeJune 20, 2014
As a Director every day is different and this what is enjoyable about the position.
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Very Big System
GEAR UP Coordinator (Current Employee), Portland, ORMay 10, 2014
Individually, I have had nice and productive interactions and relationships. Overall, there is sometimes a lack of connection because of the size of the district apparatus.
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Supportive educational environment
Para Educator (Former Employee), Portland, ORJanuary 28, 2014
Assisting High School special needs students in learning to gain independence and vocational skills to become successful in their community.
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Great Place to work as a substitute teacher
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee), Portland ORJuly 29, 2013
Pros: great placee to work, challenging job
I enjoy pps I am working there as a substitute teacher. I plan on continuing in that capacity for another decade or so. I teach Spanish and library in place of absnt teacher. Each day is different. I enjoy the faculty administration and kids. My coworkers are very helpful and answer any questions I have. The hardest part of the job is not knowing where – more... I am going until the last moment. I enjoy working with the kids everyday. – less
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Volleyball Coach
Head Varsity Volleyball Coach (Current Employee), Portland, ORJuly 11, 2013
Pros: watching athletes grow, being a role-model, teaching the fundamentals of volleyball
Cons: parents
I have been coaching at Franklin high school for the past 14 years. During those years I have worked with many different coaches, including my assistant coaches. I have dealt with many personalities, both parents and athletes. The hardest part of this job is finding that line between being their coach and being someone that they respect, like and want – more... to play for. I feel, however, I do a pretty good job of walking that line.
I love coaching. It is a part of my soul and would be very hard to give up, but for the right position, it would be something I could consider. – less
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Substitute Teacher - all subjects
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), All five schoolsMay 24, 2013
Pros: students approach to academics & athletics.
Cons: administration
Most all days were thoroughly enjoyable in PPS. Students always enjoyable to work with and help succeed in their goals & pursuits of a quality education.

Hardest part of this position was keeping up with administrative whims & inconsistency. Variable leadership in five schools. Two of five principals very good, other three often unsure of themselves – more... and not forthcoming with decisions when needed. District superintendent ' ruled ' in aura of fear. Tough to know how to deal with, especially in a temporary position. – less
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Administrative office details
Director / Accounting & Payroll Services (Current Employee), Portland, ORJanuary 21, 2013
Pros: wonderful staff
Cons: lack of funding
I have approximately 30 employees who work extremely hard, and a typical day is usually 10 to 12 hours. PPS has approximately 85 schools and 6,000 employees, and I have been there since 2006. The most enjoyable part of my job is teaching staff and school administration about school finance. The main thing I have learned at PPS is my ability to adapt – more... to change and ensure you always understand your audiance. – less
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productive and interestng learning environment
Education Technician III (Former Employee), Portland, MEJuly 24, 2012
Pros: every day was different and the kids were great.
Cons: too litte space and staff.
The special needs classroom was becoming tight for space with more and more kids and not enough staff or space/suppices. I loved the work and the students. Every day was different and we could never guess what the next challenge was going to be.
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A supportive Learning environment
Teacher General Ed Grade 2 - 5 Sp Education k - 12 (Former Employee), Harvey Scott Elementary 7200 NE PrescottJuly 6, 2012
Pros: a flexible environment that encouraged creativity.
I had a wonderful experience working for PPS. Administration was supportive and my colleagues were as well. I was able to be creative in challenging students and myself. There were fabulous staff development opportunities. The best part of the job was always greeting students first thing in the morning.
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Help At Risk Students
AVID Tutor for At Risk Students (Former Employee), Portland, ORJuly 2, 2012
Pros: assisting students in their academic growth.
Cons: only seeing them for that one year.
Assist students with their assignments to improve their grades. Each students needs inspiration. These students came from difficult circumstances. I advised one student to set herself apart from the others as she had some very good qualities. She moved to the front of the room the next time I saw her. I complimented her on her choice. Management was – more... overwhelmed and needed all the assistance she could receive. Some were College students, I was the only mature adult but loved what each of did to help. The hardest part of the job was not knowing how each student "turned out". The most enjoyable part was seeing them want to improve and have a taste of success. – less
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Working with and for the students
Assistant & On-Call Roving Lead (Current Employee), Any School in the districtJune 14, 2012
Pros: work only days
Cons: all schools run different
Working in the school cafaterias is rewarding and challaging at the same time
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reading is fun
educational assistant (Former Employee), se and ne portlandMay 26, 2012
enjoyed working at schools and working with children. every year depended on the budget.
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Great place to work
Workers Compensation Assistant (Former Employee), Portland, ORMay 19, 2012
Pros: fun work
Cons: lack of management support
I processed self-insured workers compensation claims; aproximately 20 p/day. I gathered information and did all the reporting. I collaborated with my supervisor and the attorney. I learned a management style and attitude regarding claims processing and how to move the claim along. Co-workers were helpful and friendly. Management did not provide the – more... support that I asked for. The hardest part of my job was when my supervisor retired and I took on her claim load. This brought me up to 400 claims a month. Management would not offer support. The most enjoyable part of my job was dealing with other departments and claimants, as well as vocational counselors and attorneys. – less
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Busy
Work Crew Supervisor (Former Employee), Portland, ORApril 16, 2012
A typical day at work was very stressful there was a lot of work and very few people to do the work and when you asked for more help management said there was no money to hire more people the most enjoyable part of the job was the pay check and benefits which are slowly going away
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Largest district in OR
special education assistant (Former Employee), Portland, ORJanuary 10, 2012
Pros: language immersion, postbaccalaureate programs
Cons: none.
Diverse district with magnet programs as well as neighborhood involvement. Great place to work.
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Enjoyed the Company and the work
Journeyman Press Operater (Former Employee), Main Ad Building in North PortlandNovember 14, 2011
Pros: great work environment, no overtime, great benefits.
Cons: long term people were laid off.
Working there was the best idea for me at the time. I learned a lot about the printing trade and was given the opportunity to advance from paper cutter to journeyman press operator. Made friends to this day from there.