Bookkeeper/Office Manager (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – October 13, 2017
Stafford County Public Schools is a great place to work, very family oriented. However, salaries and benefits are not comparable with the amount of work that is required, nor are they in line with the private sector.
Autism Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – August 9, 2017
Working as an Autism paraprofessional you make $14,809 a year. You would make more money at McDonalds. The job is very demanding and most of the lead autism teacher's are lazy and make you do most of the work. Some of the students can become violent and the administration does not know how to handle it.
Health insurance doesn't cover much, pay is horrible
Substitute Teacher / Autism Room Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – August 1, 2017
Work environment depends on the particular school. Substitutes make lousy pay for the work we do. Pay as a paraprofessional is even worse. As a paraprofessional you're expected to do way too much for little more than minimum wage. And no additional money is provided for working in situations that put you at physical risks or if you have to provide full-time care (feeding, changing) for special needs students. Substituting for paraprofessionals is even lower than $95/day as that pay is more than what a paraprofessional makes in a day.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – May 30, 2017
Very little room for advancement; unfair compensation; work load grows and your salary doesn't. I worked for an amazing boss, but the school board and administration of the Central Office seems like they can't see past their personal status. Not much sense when the majority of the funds go to infrastructure and aesthetic appeasement rather than the employees.
A good environment for teachers and students alike
Gifted Education Facilitator (FOCUS program) (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – May 11, 2017
I had pull-out classes with gifted students as well as team teaching meetings with each grade level, working on how to deal with differentiation in the classroom to best teach all students. I bettered my organizational skills since I was working with grades K-5. The worst part of the job was the fact that so many of the teachers were forced to teach to the standardized tests (Standards of Learning, or SOL, they were called in Virginia) and I was told that my job was to help my students raise the overall average test grades in the school. This is NOT the purpose of gifted education, although my lessons did have that effect. The most enjoyable part of the job was the students. Watching them make cognitive leaps, helping them to improve when they were used to minimal effort being "good enough;" these things were the best part of teaching.
Working with like-minded and supportive teachers and principal
School Psychologist (Current Employee) – Stafford, VA – March 30, 2017
Very knowledgeable staff and great people. Lovely community and easy place to live and work. The drawback is the pay. The hardest part of the job is the workload. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people and the wonderful culture of the town.
Cook (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – March 28, 2017
Starts work around 7:30 am. Prep food ,clean,cook food. Serve students and adults. Day ends at 2. Off for holidays and weekends. Part kitchen employees do get healthcare. Which most part time places don't offer
Substitute Teacher K-12 (Current Employee) – Stafford, VA – March 15, 2017
Stafford County Public Schools is a great place to start a job, however, I found it hard to work here due to lack of administration involvement in substitute teaching. We don't get paid that well and there is no follow up on how we are doing on the job. So there is no place for improvement if there is no review for improvement.
BRIDGE Program Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – August 29, 2016
The job consists of teaching basic mathematics skills to middle school aged children. This involves organizing lesson materials, providing examples for the children, and then providing specialized attention as needed. After hours tutoring was available but kids rarely give up summer playtime for math. The job was not particularly difficult for me and I had fun doing it. My coworkers and supervisors were amicable. The children were hilarious.
English 8 teacher (Former Employee) – Stafford, VA – July 24, 2016
Teachers were treated respectfully and encourage to teach using individual skills. Administration was supportive and generally quick to help/discuss any issues I might have had. Teamwork was encouraged and I felt valued as a team member, individual, and as an important member of the staff.