Southfield Public Schools is a productive place to work.
Professional Development Facilitator (Current Employee), Southfield, MI – January 7, 2015
I spend my day visiting schools and working with teachers. This year we adopted a new reading series. I work with grade level teams to help them understand the series. I give them strategies of the best – more... way to implement it. I received a great deal of professional development myself on this new series. It is totally Common Core Aligned. I manage my time to be sure it is equitable between the seven buildings I serve. I have a great rapport with co-workers. The most enjoyable part of my job is when teachers finally understand a concept that they were struggling with. The hardest part of the job is telling teachers I can't see them for a few days because I am scheduled at other schools. – less
Student Teacher (Former Employee), Southfield, MI – September 15, 2014
Pros: fun environment
Cons: ib curriculum and too many workshops
I was a student teacher in one of the K- 8 schools and I worked with an awesome teacher. Every morning, the principal and school social worker gave an encouraging morning message along with important announcements. – more... The environment at this particular school was family orientated and the students were comfortable. Unlike many schools that I have been in, learning took place everywhere and it wasn't uncommon to see students reading in lawn chairs in the hallway. The principal spoke to children in a calming manner and contributed to making learning fun for the students. The principal provided her teachers with numerous workshops that I was very fortunate to attend. She was also very supportive of her teachers and the PTA. Because I attended so many workshops, I learned a great deal of information that my other peers were not exposed to. The most enjoyable part about student- teaching at this school was watching how a school created an environment that was conducive to learning, but also a second home for the students. The hardest part of this job was integrating the IB curriculum into almost every subject that was taught. In addition to attending workshops and teaching the required curriculum, teachers were also required to teach a theme related to the international curriculum as well. – less
Site Technical Coordinator (Former Employee), Southfield, MI – June 29, 2013
Pros: friendly work environment.
Cons: district layoffs due to state budget cuts.
A typical day at work could consist of troubleshooting and resolving computer/network problems throughout the district, working with and training staff members/end-users in all areas of technology, setting – more... up and maintaining computer/iPads and all IT related hardware and software as well as audio visual equipment district wide.
I learned an immense amount about working as a team member in the Information Technology department. This includes working with hardware, software and working closely with hundreds of district staff members on a regular basis.
Management and co-workers were easy to work with and made coming to work an enjoyable routine.
The hardest part of IT work is handling emergencies which come up from time to time. However, over the years I/we became very good at quickly dealing with and resolving unforeseen or emergency situations to the point that it became an enjoyable part of the job.
I think the most enjoyable part of my job was being able to solve problems and provide solutions for the many people I served in the district. I had great relationships with my many fellow district staff members and seeing them pleased, relieved and made happy by my efforts was rewarding. – less
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee), Southfield, MI – October 23, 2012
• Build and maintain partnerships with schools and teachers • Achieved becoming a preferred/building substitute for Thompson Middle School • Executed lesson plans • Gained respect of students to maintain order • At times required to do light office work, answering phones and greeting guest
I worked the Southfield school system for 28 years,
Chauffeur (Former Employee), Southfield, MI – October 19, 2012
i enjoyed driving kids to school and back home .i enjoyed the field trips I also enjoyed working in school buildings...Replacing wall plugs,Maintaining the hall ways and the class rooms. . Kept the lights – more... working.I learned to be kind and courteous learned how tio deal with children from the ages of 6 to 18 I liked my manager..I got along well with my co- workers. .. the hardest part of this job was children that did not know where they lived.We made a special call tp base and found out the address. the most enjoyable part of the job was taking the children to field trips... – less
Pros: interaction with students, aiding with education.
Cons: the process of lay-offs each year.
In the 8 years that I experienced spent working for Southfield Public Schools allowed me to see how a school system operated in terms of the responsibility of educating children. It demonstrated the constant – more... importance of a learning, giving, sharing and caring experience. Just to be able to have a hand in the process of assisting with the education of young people was a reward for me. Each year was a year of growth to be able to see the achievements of the school itself and the childrens' accomplishments. Working for Southfield Public Schools put a sense of satisfaction and gratitude in my everyday working experience. – less