Instructional Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Springfield, MA – August 10, 2017
It's scary the behaviors of the future minds are displaying on a daily basis. The expectations are low for student performance. A typical day staff is always worried about serious safety issues of children and staff. Management is far overwhelmed yet is encouraging. Regardless, I still enjoy working with the youth and hopeful to make an impact.
Nutrition Substitute (Current Employee) – Springfield, MO – July 27, 2017
I came back to work after being a stay at home mom for 13 years. Last year when I started with the schools I didn't know very much at all. I have learned a lot the past year an hope to learn more as the years go by. I enjoy working with the ladies at the schools. I dont have a home school an I hoping to this year. I love my job alot an my schedule.
Counselor/Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – July 14, 2017
I loved working in this district but it's hard to get into and be able to stay in positions because of rapid turnover and although they are working on changing school culture, it is difficult to gain momentum or effect change because there is no long term consistency
Felt like I was among the walking dead of maintenance workers
Maintenance Coordinator (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – June 29, 2017
Almost every single person there was there to punch in from 8-5 (or more correctly, 10-830) and leave. You can be in departments (such as electrical, plumbing, hvac) without any ACTUAL experience. I originally hired into the Paint department and it was immediately clear that was a lot of dislike for that department (despite that the positions DID require some actual labor).
In the end, I was fired for choices that I made and am completely fine with (not accurately recording time relative to my location). I was the one was fired, but by NO stretch of the imagination was I the worst abuser of this practice. I don't begrudge the consequences at all. But I would not recommend working for SPS to anyone who is looking to do anything other than waste as much time as possible and get paid to do it by flying under the radar.
decent benefits, fun working with teachers and principals (mostly)
low pay (generally), lot of "who you know" politics exchanged
Boys Basketball Coach (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – June 17, 2017
I absolutely love working with children. I love the educational environment, teaching and learning new things. During my time at the School I learned a lot about classroom management, and the most effective ways to maintain a functional classroom. The hardest part of the job was the struggle to find employment for the summer when it was needed. The most enjoyable part of the job was watching children succeed in their most challenging areas.
Educational advancements, fine, professional colleagues. Supportive professional development
Special Education Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Springfield, MA – June 17, 2017
Educational opportunities for PARAPROFESSIONALS Appropriate training, weekly staff meetings for work and student improvement. Professional environment, supportive, kind and caring staff Enjoyed friendly respectful environment. Good people positive mentors Yearly courses for college and classroom improvement
Summer employment, fun, lovely people year round .
Jeffries Elementary Library Media Specialist (Current Employee) – Springfield Public Schools – June 14, 2017
SPS has high expectations for it's teachers and students, which is a really wonderful thing. If you enjoy a challenge and love kids, this is a great place to teach. The hardest part about being here is that, like so many schools, students are not issued discipline. They can do as they please, and there are no repercussions for their behaviors. The best part is the sense of community and relationships with colleagues and the community.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – May 10, 2017
I am not the person to rate our current school district. The administrators require teachers to focus on the MAP testing and that takes all the fun out of molding the minds of our kids. I retired as a teacher to follow my passion of yoga.
Starting the day seeing smiling faces is the best! Getting to watch the kids in their work from day to day and see their successes, is so wonderful. Some days there are tests and others there is time to just listen to them read. The different knowledge levels don't matter when you have conversations with the kiddos as real people. I truly love being able to get to know them. It may be hard on days when they feel we don't really care for them. You push through and focus on the positive days or moments.
Always going to have someone to talk to
Don't know what kind of negative words will be said or actions could be taken
Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Springfield – April 20, 2017
We are told to do one thing, and then when we do, we are told it was wrong. Too stressful with the population of students and behaviors. I love the job itself, it is very rewarding, but there is not enough support from administration and way too much favoritism.