Speech Pathologist Assistant (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – February 3, 2017
I worked for Springfield Public Schools for ten years and it was a nightmare. There is no opportunity for advancement unless you know someone or are willing to sleep around. A group of orangutans could run this school system better than the current Superintendent and his joke of a cabinet. I've watched talented people leave Springfield Public Schools while incompetents stay and run the the system into the ground. The true losers are the students who are not receiving a quality education.
The city high school where I worked was well run by a great Principal.
English Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – February 1, 2017
Although the inner city had many students with special needs, the administration of the school handled the challenges very ably. My age helped and hurt me. I was able to relate to the minority students since I was one of the first African-American teachers hired and right out of college. When I wanted a chance to teach English to Honors students for some of my day, I was not afforded the opportunity since a more seasoned teacher held that position for herself solely.
Great staff and principal
Pay was low in comparison to other jobs in education..
Teacher (Former Employee) – various schools – October 9, 2016
While elementary schools are an area of relative strength in Springfield's public schools, in general the schools are underfunded and poorly managed. Middle- and high-school students struggle with knowledge and skill deficits. Many have behavioral issues and do not find school to be a welcoming, caring place. Money that should be available to reduce class sizes and add support staff such as guidance counselors and paraprofessionals is often funneled to expensive and ineffective computer-based intervention programs. The district and building-based administrators do not behave as if they value staff, students, and families.
Junior Custodian (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – December 5, 2016
Relatively simple job, but be prepared to be treated like dirt. Management thinks very little of employees and spends far more time trying to "catch" employees doing something wrong than looking for ways to place employees in position to succeed.
Absolutely the dream job for me, it is what you make of it!
Lead Tutor (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – June 30, 2016
As my review summary states, working in a Springfield public school is an absolute dream job for me. It does come with many obstacles, poorly behaved students, lack of support from admin, the usual just to name a few, however, I genuinely wake up every morning ready to teach and infect and mold young minds for the good. I absolutely love it.
Finally having that one child that struggled all year succeed.
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – August 26, 2016
There is a very low level of support from administrators. Pay is low compared to school districts in other states. Too many students in classrooms and not enough support for inclusion and ELL students.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – May 24, 2016
I worked at the High School of Science and Technology, and it was a very difficult place to teach. I thought the students were delightful and they displayed typical adolescent behavior, this was not a problem.
However, I had an administrative issue. I was repeatedly placed and evaluated for positions I was not qualified to teach.
Substitute Food Service Worker (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – July 20, 2016
the management and co-workers are execlent. the hardest part of the day is watching the children closely to maintain good line flow, everyday you get to see all of those smiles as the children pick out their food.
Customer Service and child safety (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – April 2, 2016
It was a typical school bus driving position. I enjoyed the job very much but this company did not have accommodations for employee's own children's transportation nor could we bring our children with us and transport our own children to school after transporting other students; it simply was not allowed like other smaller schools. And my children's transportation to school needs to happen as well.
Great hours and benefits
Does not accommodate employee's children's transportation
Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – June 2, 2016
Working for the Springfield Public School system is a very challenging yet rewarding place to work. The people I work with are very helpful, they push you to want more. The most enjoyable part of the job has to be the students.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – March 31, 2016
I worked for them for 13 years and I learned a lot of stuff about the Alternative Setting in the Springfield Public Schools. I worked as a an paraprofessional in an Alternative Setting. Also a teacher in a classroom with social, emotional and behavior children. .
Helps children who are not succeeding in the regualr setting.