Challenging, energetic, supportive and friendly work environment.
Special Education Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – December 27, 2012
A typical day at work started at 7:30am, when we would search our students. I would then have breakfast duty until 8. I would then take my students into our classroom. I had the same students all day for every subject. I taught students with severe learning, social, and emotional disabilities. Every day was different, every student was different. I learned how to be very patient, and very flexible. Most of the co-workers were on the same page and worked toward the same goals. The hardest part of my job was losing students due to crime, drugs or suicide. The most enjoyable part of my job is attending graduation, and seeing students that had the odds stacked against them, graduate.
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
It Field Technician (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – January 10, 2016
Springfield public schools was the best career opportunity i have had, as a student fresh out of school they taught me so many things to advance my knowledge. Especially a field tech you encounter new problems everyday with different people. They taught me about quality of work and how to communicate with others about there situation and the steps to solving the problems. Eventually i was placed out on my own and got nothing but excellent feedback from my clients and co workers. The most difficult part of the job was believing in myself but that shorty diffused after positive feedback, unfortunately the job was temporary. However after my planned time they asked me if I was interested in a extension which i heard wasn't common so i take that as a compliment in my work.
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.
Springfield Public schools needs to improve on the consequences for grades 1-8
Teacher (Current Employee) – Hickory Hills Middle School – May 9, 2016
The school system in Springfield needs to improve how they deal with students in grades 1-8. Students are passed on from grade to grade regardless of whether they have passed classes or not.
I feel this is so unfair to the students. They feel that the first 8 grades don't really count because they are not held accountable. Once they enter High School they have to acquire credits in order to progress. They are many times not prepared academically because they have never been held accountable.
The culture of each school is dependent on how strict or lax the principal is. If the students do not respect the principal they will not respect the teachers.
Springfield does not seem to buy in to Professional Learning Communities which is a detriment because much learning is lost because teachers are not sharing their knowledge.
The hardest part of the job has been not knowing what is expected of me until I do things wrong. There needs to be a handbook or something to tell about what the expectations and procedures are for the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secretary II (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – March 7, 2016
Very busy more about the springfield school system co workers are really fun to be around; everybody gets along with everybody there is no hard part about this job most enjoyable part is talking to customers
Sign Language Interpreter (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – July 1, 2016
I worked with the Interpreters and Teachers of the Deaf as we rotated through the different classes and grade levels. I loved being able to work with so many students as we had around 11 students and Interpreted for each of them daily. We also Interpreted for a few Deaf parents. I loved the variety of Interpreting experiences I gained here. I enjoyed Interpreting for the Resource classes as well, and programs after school such as Martial Arts, and Recycling Club. The music program was great too and I was able to Interpret in a music class specific to our Deaf students, and also some in the mainstream music class. One student who needed Sign Support even made honor choir and I Interpreted for him during practices and performances. I also learned how to lead workshops for other Interpreters as this was something we did ofter for professional development. No one could compare to how great my co-workers were. I loved everyone at the school I worked at and also the Interpreters at other schools. It was hard to leave because everyone I worked with both co-workers and students were fantastic. The hardest part was that we had so many students with a need for more Interpreters. Also pay was not comparable to the National Standard or even surrounding areas. Those were my main reasons for leaving the district however it was a hard decision because everyone made this one of my most memorable jobs Interpreting.
Conducive environment providing learning for ALL students.
Educator/Teacher (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – August 22, 2015
I enjoy working with the students and fellow colleagues who ensure providing a quality education for ALL students. Management is needing to provide more supports for their educators going above and beyond for all students, yet they need to keep collaboration time for what it actually is.
School Bus Driver (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – April 25, 2015
I was able to take pride in that people put their trust in me to safely transport their children to and from school. Anytime issues of any type would arise, management was always supportive and worked with you to fix the situation. Having many students in such a small area could at times be stressful, but creating trusting relationships with them and them learning that you were there for them made the job very enjoyable.
Great working environment, good management, and doing my job with little or no supervision.
The transportation department at Springfield Public Schools is a good place to work.
Bus Driver (Current Employee) – Springfield, MO – February 14, 2015
In the transportation department at SPS your work day usually starts around 6 AM to 6:30 AM. The coworkers are all around good people to work with. However, there are a few to steer clear of. Management is typical. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the traffic on the streets. There are a few employees that are difficult to get along with; however, if you do not focus on these few individuals working for SPS Transportation can be a pleasurable experience. The most enjoyable part of my job is having an influence on the kids that ride my bus.
they are flexible to a degree. the people you work with are friendly.
a six hour work day takes up 12 hours of your day, the insurance is outrageously expensive, the pay is low.
Substitute Teacher (K-12) (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – May 9, 2012
A typical work day is of course the same hours as a regular teacher which is nice, but you are constantly doing classroom management, which is not so- good unless you have an assignment which is fairly longterm. What I have learned is that it is far better to be a salaried employee with benefits and a team of people that stand behind you for the most part. The most enjoyable part of the job is when you actually get a chance to help out a student.
work hours/ prep time is complete off time usually
I fully enjoyed working for Springfield Public Schools
Autism Behavior Technician Specialist (Current Employee) – Springfield, MO – June 8, 2015
I learned a lot working as an Autism Behavior Tech. I was given great direction while also given room to create optimal behavior plans. I worked directly under an Autism Specialist/Process Coordinator and she was terrific. The benefits were great and the special ed department was organized.