Substitute Classroom Attendant (Former Employee) – Springfield, IL – July 18, 2016
District 186 is your typical school workplace. The school principals have wide leeway their facility operations. As a Substitute Classroom Attendant, I was in just about half of the district's 36 facilities. I saw some very well run schools and some mediocre schools. I did NOT see a poorly run school. Well run schools showed expectations from students and staff such as hallway travel, tardiness, and cafeteria behavior. As is typical, the staff varied as well. I considered several teachers examples in best practices especially in time management. Others were disorganized and lacking in the classroom management. The District had recently instituted PBIS behavior management including some portions of BIST. These results varied widely although the recent addition may have been a training issue. The Superintendent recently asked for survey of public perception of District 186. I have provided an address to the results
Learning Assistant (Current Employee) – Springfield, PA – September 30, 2015
Springfield School District is inclusive, so there are 2-8 students in each College Prep classroom that need extra support when compared to their general education peers. This puts a lot of stress on the teacher and assistant in the classroom. The students are great to work with though.
Building Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Springfield, PA – April 28, 2015
A typical work week for me would include a variety of assignments from teaching middle-school language arts to filling in for the e-media specialist. Springfield School District is a good district for which to work.
Different job each day was interesting
Low pay, no benefits, no opportunities for full-time
Lead District Custodian (Former Employee) – Springfield, PA – May 12, 2015
It was a nice place to work, but as time went on the turn over of the hire up's seem to change every year and they all came in with new things and by the time we got everything changed around they would leave
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Springfield, VT – August 13, 2014
I worked in the Life Skills room which is where kids having a difficult time in their classes would come to get help. We also did the supervising of the student who had ISS. I also did quiet studies and filled in the class room during a teacher's absence. I was able to attend several trips to Washington D.C. and Gettysburg, Pa.
My supervisor was great to work with and helped with getting better understanding of the students we worked with.
Little overtime, ample time off, grueling tedious work
Electrician (Current Employee) – Springfield, OR – August 16, 2014
Job is unpredictable so you can never expect to execute what you have planned for the day due to unexpected emergencies and changing priorities. Preventive maintenance is nonexistent because of labor and budget reductions, so repair work is required on a constant basis. Money allocated for maintenance is constantly being shifted to capital improvement and construction projects leaving little to patch up older buildings. Concerns about aging ifrastructure and safety are usually ignored. Teachers and custodians are a pleasure to work with, and usually appreciate if and when repairs can be initiated. Decent vacation and leave time makes work tolerable.
decent time off, good work schedule
working from ladders, crawling through attics and crawl spaces in fiberglass and filth
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – March 21, 2013
A typical day for a Substitute Teacher can be interesting depending on the group of students you are assigned for that day. Once you receive a call from the substitution line they will assign you as either as a "floater" which you float from one classroom to another or you are assigned to one classroom all day. Springfield School District #186 is great! Due to the new laws set forth by Governor Quinn, all teachers must have a TB test. Substitute Teachers must certify, complete a physical including a TB test and fill out an application. The Certification is for 4 years.
flexibility. pay, no weekends, off during the summer months
you are not guarenteed to be called for substitutions
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – March 4, 2013
enjoyable atmosphere, great if you like to motivate kids, be ready to have any type of situation thrown at you, you be very flexible, you have to love kids and must be dedicated to helping them, must tolerate anything they do, can't be a soft pushover, must know how to stand up to them when the time is right
Educational Assistant (Former Employee) – Springfield, OR – February 15, 2013
I spent my days teaching small group reading to elementary students as well as play ground supervision. I was fortunate enough to have worked with an amazing staff of people. The hardest part of my job was the occasional discipline issues with students. The best was knowing I made a difference in the lives of these students.
Food Service Cook (Former Employee) – Springfield, NE – April 26, 2012
To prepare the meat for the students lunch, making sure of the proper handling and temperature of the meat. How to prepare lunches for 500 students. Working with a friendly group of people and maintaining a happy atmosphere. The hardest part of the job was moving away to Washington and leaving a very close family. We were like family.
I enjoyed working in the school district, I like working with people and children. I learned a lot about the school district and what types of challenges they face with children from all walks of live. I found it to be interesting daily.