Cons: terrible new management, chaos, bias performance reviews, no room for advancement, no job security
This was such a wonderful school to work at. I started my first year with a great division director who had run the wing for many years. The staff during my first year made my experience a pleasure. The students put a smile on my face every day. It was such a warm and lovely environment to work in especially for those in the field of education/special – more... education and/ or pursuing it. At the close of the first school year the great director stepped down and a new director took her place--- a speech related service provider. Yeah, sometimes you don't have to be too competent to get a hold of a position. You just have to know the right people which is the reality at this company. Once she took over during the second school year everything started to fall apart. Staff were either quitting or getting fired for no reason. The harder you worked and the more qualified you were, the faster you would get chopped. No job security or loyalty whatsoever. It's very mind boggling. Very chaotic atmosphere. This director thrives off the chaos. You will never encounter a "higher up" like this lady ever in your life. She does not know anything about any of the students in her wing and does she take the time to do so. A cold woman that should not be part of a school environment let alone head all school divisions (lower, upper and middle.)
Along with very high turnover, the division was always understaffed. This meant teachers taking on double duty. Some students did not have the assistance they needed; just a sad situation especially for the parents paying the sky high tuition for their child.
Performance evaluations were falsified and not based on actual job performance, instead, on a personal level. If they liked you, you stayed another year. If they did not like you then you were out. It did not matter how sincere, warm and compassionate you were in your role and how much you loved teaching, the students, and your qualifications. Instead of actually observing you for your performance evaluations, they were conducted in offices using their opinions and mood. Lots of falsified information written by people who should abide by the Code of Ethics that their licenses adhere them to.
Not a school to work at if you are looking for a secure job, advancement, respect, and fair management – less
Productive and fun workplace workplace with opportunities for professional development and advancement.
Senior ABA Instructor (Current Employee), Rockville, MD – March 20, 2013
Pros: long breaks, short school days on wednesdays
Cons: low salary, long commute
A typical day at The Ivymount School consisted of working with students to increase their quality of living. Each day I would run academic programs as well as collect data to ensure progress was being made. Each quarter I was responsible for conducting quarterly documentation reviews in which I would audit other co-worker's proper use of documentation. – more... While working at Ivymount I learned about being a special educator, such as managing classroom behaviors as well as making proper judgement calls in the moment. I also learned how to work as a team, communicating professionally and constructively. My co-workers consisted of a group of goal-oriented individuals working together to achieve progress in the lives of their students. The hardest part of the job was the constant physical activity. Sometimes being on your feet all day can be tiring! However, it's all worth while knowing that you're making a difference in a child's life and seeing the smiles on their faces as they walk in the door. – less