Great program for students AND staff
Educator/admin (Current Employee) – DC - District of Columbia, DC – July 19, 2017
St. Coletta teaches students with severe disabilities using a functional curriculum. They work on daily living skills, communication, behavior management, independent living skills, vocational training and functional academics. The focus is on teaching skills for kids with significant disabilities how to be as independent as possible. Activities are based on a theme and are fun, exciting, interactive, multi-sensory and include a lot of different experiences, including going out into the community on a regular basis. There is a lot of technology available in the classroom to support students with communicating as well as to enhance instruction.
Staff get training on a lot of different teaching strategies that focus on supporting students with disabilities, and access to resources is excellent. Teachers collaborate well together in teams with therapists. Support staff working 1:1 with students have often been complimented by outsiders as being "kind", "caring", and "attentive".
There is room for growth if you take steps necessary to gain the skills needed. If you have an interest in a specific area, management and administration will work with you to give you opportunities in that area.
Benefits are great, the building is beautiful, and the overall work environment is extremely enjoyable.
The staff turnover can definitely cause morale issues. This is more frequent at the para level, but more impacting when teachers leave mid-year. With an 11-month program, which highly benefits students, teachers often leave to get a longer summer break.
functional skills for students, training for staff, benefits (health, retirement)