Special Education Teacher: Autism (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – December 1, 2016
Numerous challenges present themselves in this district: disorganization, apathetic staff, discord within administration and general apathy and/or negativity. The pay is great, but it is easy to feel burnt out.
Social Studies Specialist, The Learning Lab (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – July 18, 2016
San Antonio ISD offered me the opportunity to complete my previous teaching career in an inner city school with the ability to work with diverse students and faculty. The diverse socioeconomic level of the students attending the school was a challenge.
SAISD offered many opportunities for professional growth.
Teaching and Mentoring children about living healthy lives
Physical Education Teacher (Current Employee) – San Antonio, TX – February 28, 2016
My daily routine at work is filled with constant multi-tasking. I have guidelines to follow, but how I present what I teach is independently created by myself. I have co-worker that I co-teach with and we work very well together. The hardest part about my job is not being to do everything that I can for my students. There are many times that I wish I could do more to help them, but time and money constrictions limit this.
Middle School Teacher (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – July 28, 2015
Only some teachers performed the extra duties like monitoring the students before school and at breakfast. At times, there was no staff member around. I enjoyed working with my team and my students were unique. I asked for the slow achieving, problem students and after the first six weeks the majority were doing all of their work. Soon, my students were surpassing the rest of their classmates in grades and behavior.
Educational Diagnostician (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – June 13, 2014
I began my work day an hour early each day to get a jump on the massive work load. It has been a very enjoyable career and I am ready for a new career. Vast experiences as an educational diagnostician should enhance my new career.
The people I worked with: principals, teachers, students, and parents.
I worked long hard hours yet the IN BOX was always full.
Teaching young children and watching them grow academically was always rewarding.
Former Educator (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – March 14, 2014
A typical day at work began with breakfast in the classroom followed by our first story read aloud. when students wanted to answer ask or simply make comments they raised their hands and wait to be called upon. They simply waited their turn. This method was used the entire day. Soon after we would go to PE. The assigned line leader and door holder would quickly go to their assigned areas and the students would be called by me to line up one table at a time. The day was managed with established rules and procedures. The most enjoyable part of the day was recess. At this time I was able to talk with the other teachers and the students had a lot of fun while enjoying nature. The most difficult part of the day was the end of the day when I was really tired and still had a lot of work to do. I normally worked outside of normal work hours.
Watching the children grow academically was very rewarding.
I sometimes worked extremely long hours to meet the demands of paperwork by the school district.
Academic Coordinating Teacher (ACT) (Current Employee) – San Antonio, TX – January 26, 2014
San Antonio is a remarkable district. Its history leads to it being an extremely unique urban district, while its achievements and challenges lead to its typical reputation as a suffering district in the state. It has tremendous potential, but bureaucracy holds it back.
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Transportation – January 9, 2014
You have to love kids and have patience; co-workers are great; benefits are good; buses have a/c and heating and most of them are now 2009 and up with an exception of a couple of buses that are about 20yrs old. They are working on replacing all of them! Mechanics are great! Our training could use improvement. We could also use raises every year, even if a little. We get uniforms, but they usually come on their way in a turtle! Working with the special needs children is a great experience. My typical day is about 5 to 6 hours and usually I have to ask for extra work to make up the difference for my 40 hours. There is a totalizer or equalizer, which in my opinion does'nt do any good, because if it was a fair thing to use, then everyone would be entitled to see how fair this program really is and the dispatchers who usually look the other way, wouldn't even attempt to give some drivers who are well over their 40 hours per week anymore extra work, and not cut-off some of the drivers that actually want to work some of that work. They also try to force you to work even if you dont ask for work, i mean if you are retired or on a income restriction then you already know how much you can make. BEWARE, its not all that they say when being interviewed. Don't get me wrong I love my job, its just MANAGEMENT THAT DOES'NT DO A GOOD JOB! I GIVE THEM A GRADE SCORE OF D-. MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD ASK WHY WE HAVE A HIGH TURN AROUND OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. We could use unemployment during the summer and during the holidays we should be able to work in other departments.
Management, too many Chiefs with many changes all the time; NOT enough hours in a pay period, too many family members working together; too much favoritism! NO UNEMPLOYMENT OR NO PAY IN SUMMER
Communications Manager (Current Employee) – San Antonio, TX – February 17, 2013
For the past 30 years suburban flight and diminished total population. With renewed interest by the city into urban relocation the population totals has shown some stabilzing. With the right administration and upper level staff the district has great potential to return to is past glory.