Substitute Teacher, Saint Joseph, MO - February 24, 2015
Poverty is a huge issue in St. Joseph, and this was very evident in their schools. I was pleased to work in many of their lower-income neighborhood elementary schools, mainly with students with learning disabilities. Unfortunately, Their system often housed these students in a few target schools, instead of using a more integrated approach. Other teachers were very helpful, but administration was not. The best way to get work was to develop relationships with the teachers and principals, and not rely too much on central office. There was no upward mobility, and to take a permanent position as a para professional meant taking a pay cut, which served as a deterrent to seeking full-time employment with the district. Short of becoming a certified teacher, you made more money as a substitute.