Second Grade Teacher (Current Employee) – Richardson, TX – January 28, 2017
This is a great district to work for. The workplace culture, administration are very helpful and the staff works together as a team. The hardest part is adjusting lessons and the most enjoyable is watching the students grow.
A typical day at work was teaching Spanish to High School students from 9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. five days of the week. I learned human reaction and response to every situation a teacher meets daily. I learned that I like being with high school aged children. I learned how to prepare curriculum, teach and work with a diverse population of students and parents. My co-workers were and are my best friends. The hardest part of the job was and is learning to listen to students and see beyond their words. The most enjoyable part of the job was to see a student learn and watch them fall in love with the language.
Good working conditions and the support of the administration.
I went into Richardson ISD with absolutely no experience. They welcomed me with open arms and taught me everything i needed to know for the job. The hours were great guarantied 40hr a week plus benefits. i highly recommend anyone interested in the working for a school district to apply.
Fun work place, working with children's everyday. I enjoy every minute i worked in Richardson Ids. I develop a better communication skills and learned how interact with different children's of different ages.
French Instructor (Current Employee) – Richardson, TX – April 14, 2015
A typical day depends on how much one is willing to put into it. There have been nights that I've been at school until midnight and nights where I leave by 17h. I've learned that I still enjoy teaching but I'm ready for new horizons. We have a new principal in my school, which has been an interesting transition. The coworkers are like family. My department colleagues are what I will miss the most, aside from a few students who really brightened my days. The most difficult part of the job is getting everything done before leaving for the night. The most enjoyable part of the job is when the students finally get what I've been trying to teach them all year long, especially when they can express themselves in French.
Working with caring people
It's teaching... if you're not sure of the cons then you should probably not consider teaching.
RISD is bad place to work if you want to be happy.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Richardson, TX – March 20, 2015
I arrive at 6:30. I need to catch up on extra paperwork and grading papers because I had to attend a mandatory seminar after "After School" tutoring. I am required to teach during the 90 minutes I have the kids (although the district requires 105 minutes for my class - the administration decides that other things are more important than letting you teach for your complete amount of time), BUT I am also expected to check my email frequently. My planning time is eaten by extra meetings and I have a non-existent lunch because I need to spend some of that time watching the kids in the hall or answering emails or getting extra work done. In the afternoon, I need to contact parents before another after school meeting about another test or project for which all teachers are responsible. I bring work home and I work on it while I try to balance being a mom and wife. I have to work on the weekend and miss the fun things my family gets to do. The administrators are quick to tell you how awful you are doing - in so much as to blame you for the results of the weather. Slow are they to give accolades for trying to keep up with unreasonable demands. The atmosphere is stoic and careful. No body seems to trust each other and a sense of paranoia is found in a few grade levels. This is the worst district at which I've worked.
Administration, expectation of going above the normal, and you are an indentured servant from August to June
Kids and fellow teachers/coworkers dedicated and wonderful people to work with.
School Librarian (Former Employee) – Richardson, TX – September 23, 2012
A typical day at work was always very busy--too busy by and large, with not enough time for me to do my job, without having to do things that were school-related, but not specifically related to my job. On a continuing basis this leads to exhaustion and burn-out because, as a human being, there is only so much I can do in one day. I loved the kids and my coworkers. Every day was a learning experience. A good teacher should learn from his/her students as much, if not more, than he/she imparts to the students. Kids teach you a lot. The best part of the job for me was working with the kids and the books/reading combined. The hardest thing was having the time--being allowed the time--to do that to the best of my ability.