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Adjunct (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 28, 2014
I taught as a high school science teacher. I taught classes in both physics and chemistry.
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Headstart
Teacher Assistant (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 17, 2014
The headstart program was great. Management and coworkers very supportive. Most enjoyable part of the job was creating new lessons to teach the preschoolers and watching their growth.
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A rewarding career teaching students
Autistic Support Classroom Assistant (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 17, 2014
Pros: excellent benefits
Cons: horrible pay scale
Teaching special needs students is rewarding. The District holds you back from teaching what you would like your students to learn, Many of my co-workers deal with a lot of problems within the school. I'm glad I had the opportunity to help young people over the past 9 years.
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Challenging
Apprentice Teacher (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 15, 2014
Challenging, inspiring, the ability to see the results in your work with the students.
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Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher/Case Manager (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 15, 2014
Pros: rewarding and enjoyable job
Cons: too many restrictions
Everyday the challenge was to get students to behave so that they can complete their work, learn, and achieve their academic goals. I learned that most children want to succeed, but when they are labeled and/or have learning deficits they can either shut down or give up completely. I learned techniques to help them overcome those issues using stern – more... yet flexible classroom rules. I learned to structure the classroom that made entertaining but yet challenging. The administration sometimes supported the classroom teacher but occasionally a teacher could feel like they were alone in the classroom being confronted by intolerable behaviors of the students. Alot of times co workers come to each others aid to confront those problems. I enjoyed making the difference in my students behavior as well as the outcome of their success. – less
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Great way to give back to the city of Philadelphia children
Teacher Assistant (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 15, 2014
Pros: healthcare, excellent benefits for worker's
Cons: bad working conditions, over work teacher, under paid
I love working with the children who need help and also the teacher's who wanted to give the help out. our children of the city of Philadelphia needs a lot of help and they do not get the help they really need because the class are over crowed, and the teacher are not teaching anymore it's like they don't care no more about the children future any more.
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Would like better...
Special Education (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 9, 2014
Pros: the employees were great
Cons: lack of advancement
I would have liked to see a more fair and accurate way of advancing in the office then what I have experienced.
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The District has experienced decades of turmoil and transition, making it an unstable workplace.
Social Casework and Training Supervisor (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJuly 7, 2014
My work as a Social Casework and Training Supervisor was intrinsically rewarding, allowing me to integrate diverse professional experiences as well as utilize a wide range of skills.
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Classroom Assistant (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAJune 23, 2014
I love my kids. The best part is seeing the progress and know you played a part in that.
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Lots of paperwork !
Family Service Field Rep (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAJune 11, 2014
Pros: great benefits package
Cons: finding a place to work in the schools, no stability.
We meet with families of pre-k children, mostly single parents and grandparents, to help them to become self sufficient by identifying their goals and basic needs.
I have learned to seek out the resources that people need and to facilitate parent meetings and workshops with the community agencies.
The most enjoyable part of my job is helping someone – more... to accomplish their goals or to help them receive the help they needed. – less
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Held many positions with the School District
Computer lab management (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAJune 3, 2014
Pros: supportive, summers and most holidays off.
Cons: lay offs, program cuts, finacial instability.
Its a great place to work, each site has great people with whom you will respect and love working with them. Family and team oriented.
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Hardest job I ever had, yet the most rewarding
Chief Talent & Development Officer (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 30, 2014
Pros: people cared about the children
Cons: there were too many chiefs and not enough workers.
I want to assist the city of Philadelphia by hiring highly qualified teachers and administrators for the school system. Everyday there was a crisis. Putting out fires was a daily day at the district. Most of my co-workers had long tenure with the district, but were willing to try new processes to enhance their day-today operations. The hardest part – more... was not having state of the art equipment, Working as a team was enjoyable, although we worked many overtime hours. – less
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Productive and fun place to work
Supportive Service Assistant (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 28, 2014
The lack of funding has caused me to look for new employment.
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Excellent
Bilingual Counselor Assistant (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 23, 2014
I love working for the School District of Philadelphia, and especially, working with children.
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My workplace was a happy and fast pacing company
Supportive Service Assistant (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 15, 2014
Pros: free trips
Cons: more hours and healthcare
A typical day at work with my students consist in reading, writing, and one-on-one assistance.
I learned a lot about child development.
My co-workers were good to be around. I even learned myself from my co-workers.
There was no hard part with this job.
The most enjoyable part about this job is recess, seeing a smile on a child's face from their accomplishes – more... they made, and trip time. – less
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A positive and productive work environment
Special Education Service Assistant (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 13, 2014
Pros: the experince and interaction with student and co-workers.
Cons: the abiltity to secure appropiate information and require assistance as an employee, along with the acurate salary.
Although this was a failing financial educational system working at the locations I worked at was a rewarding experience.
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North Philadelphia School
Food Service Worker I (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 9, 2014
If you enjoy working with others and in a service type role, then you will love working here. The pace is extremely fast. At first it seems there is a lot to learn, but it won't be long before you become acclimated. The pay is a little above minimum wage after insurance and union dues are deducted. But, you can't find a better schedule, if you can afford – more... the time off in the summer, weekends, holidays, etc. – less
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Diverse students
Tenured Instructor (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAMay 8, 2014
Pros: scheduled vacation days
Always have an efficient system of managing the required documentations you are accountable for
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enjoyable calm atmosphere
Staff Nurse- School Nurse (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PAApril 29, 2014
Pros: free food from pharm. reps
Cons: comp time when needed
typical day in the lab is with the patients. Was fast paced, yet quiet room. Patients were appreciative of the care.
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Opportunity to grow as an Instructional Leader
Assistant Principal (Former Employee), Philadelphia, PAApril 13, 2014
As a co-leader of the schools where I served as an Assistant Principal, in the oversight of the entire school operation instructionally, operationally, and from an overall school culture and climate perspective. I learned how to apply my intrinsic leadership style within a variety of responsibilities that I managed. We worked collaboratively through – more... a Distributive Leadership Model. The hardest part of the job was being laid off. The most enjoyable part of the job was the work that we did with our students on a daily basis. – less