Thompson School District provides a positive atmosphere where staff are given the opportunity to grow professionally in an integrated environment.
Learning Center Teacher (Former Employee) – Loveland, CO – January 25, 2018
Working for Thompson School District as a Learning Center Teacher was a vastly fulfilling position. On a nearly daily basis, I was able to interact and connect with students with a variety of needs, as well as work within a team of highly qualified professionals. This position continuously expanded my knowledge base while allowing me the opportunities to integrate my previous abilities. The administration, while vigorous in maintaining the standards of the system, were also flexible and willing to accept new concepts. The other teachers were excellent examples of professionalism and demonstrated willingness to provide constructive criticism and appropriate praise. The most challenging aspect of this position, is the difficult acceptance that there is simply not enough time in a single school day for giving sufficient direct instruction. Unfortunately, this may continue to be a hurdle in many/most educational settings. Despite that obstacle, the students, staff, families and myself persevered. As a team, we were fortunate enough to be given the chance to watch the students' excitement and pride about their growth. This amazing opportunity far outweighed any difficulties that arose in the process. Overall, working within Thompson School District was quite enjoyable and provided me the experience I desired to grow as an educator.
Thompson School District provided ample opportunities for professional development and growth.
NUTRITION SERVICES AIDE (Former Employee) – Berthoud, CO – October 2, 2017
As a new employee I was welcomed and trained with much care and attention to detail. The co-workers sought to ensure my success a vital part of the team. With such support, it was very easy to feel valued and cohesive with my team.
Free lunches and a sense of value to a critical part of the school system
Pay/hours were always a part of the conversations surrounding how to complete necessary tasks
Custodian/Maintenance (Former Employee) – Loveland, CO – September 26, 2017
My time spent hear was also a good experience. I enjoyed the business of the position held. Enjoyed being on my feet and staying busy. Over all a great job. Room for advancement and pay was a challenge but otherwise a great position.
Loved the support in learning how to be a sub in the district
Substitute Teacher K-12 (Current Employee) – Loveland, CO – April 26, 2017
This district has an enormous amount of teachers who care a great deal about their students. They completed supported me and let me know when they relied on me or needed me. Sometimes the communication for what they needed wasn't ideal (a.k.a missing information), but it was easy enough to maneuver my way to success.
Welcoming staff, occasional free lunches, good kids
Education Coordinator (Former Employee) – Loveland, CO – April 24, 2017
Thompson School District continues to provide quality education for its students although the community struggles to find within itself the will to fund it adequately. Teachers are dedicated to doing what is best for students.
Elementary teacher (Current Employee) – Loveland, CO – February 28, 2017
A productive, professional environment. I received professional development through the district yearly.
The hardest part of the job is long hours at school and at home. Hard on the family. The most enjoyable part of the job is spending the day with elementary children. They are so innocent and honest and entertaining.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Loveland, CO – August 11, 2016
Thompson has some of the hardest working teachers, administrators, and staff I have ever worked with in my 10 years of teaching. Every building is dedicated to the success of children, and it really is inspiring to work with such a wonderful team.
The district cannot commit to a single instructional decision, making variations in curriculum, policies, and technological platforms very difficult to keep up with. In the four years I've been in this district, we have always had something new. It's difficult to really analysis the progress of students when we have no consistency.
The district pay scale is the lowest in northern Colorado. It is very difficult to own a home in such an expensive community on just a teacher's salary--as I'm slowly coming to terms with this issue, it's impossible. If you don't have another source of income, don't plan on living and working in Loveland. Also, the benefits are not that great, so just hope you don't need to go to the ER often.
Although every employer has its downfalls, Thompson still has a lot of positive aspects to it besides the great staff. There is a lot of educational innovations that are happening inside every classroom, instructional coaches push educators to be their best, administrators are compassionate and allow room for professional growth, the parents in our community are amazing, and everyone has the same vision for children.
Speech Language Pathology Assistant (Former Employee) – Loveland, CO – July 7, 2016
I love working as a SLP-Assistant at the school district. Loved working with the SLP's and the variety of schools. I just wished the district could have had the funding to keep me on board as an employee.
Variety of schools and grades of kids to work with!
Student Teacher (Former Employee) – Fort Collins, CO – May 20, 2016
Student teaching experience in Thompson school district was a wonderful experience where I learned a lot about every aspect of being a teacher. I had many opportunities to be in the classroom teaching the students on my own.
Paraprofessional Intensive Learning Center (Current Employee) – Loveland, CO – November 13, 2015
providing a safe environment best suited for children with a wide variety of cognitive and physical disabilities. I have to be ready for any situation that a child may need help or assistance in, wether that be toileting, filing out data sheets, observing behavior, and modifying work to fit IEP. Using time management to turn in student assignments, meet deadlines for trainings, and work with medical needs students may have. I would work with a team of professionals, upwards of 10 adults at a time. The hardest part of the job was the emotional toll it can take trying to help children who have violent or extremely challenging behaviors. The best part of the job is that I am a vital player in helping someone gain more independence. I get to be a part of individual's learning experiences and life skills that can be used for the rest of their life.
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Loveland, CO – October 21, 2015
Lots of drama with school board, most funding spent on lawyers and such, rather than directly in the classroom or raises for employees. Loved working as a Para & developing rapport with ILC kids. High stress and under staffed at times, but a truly rewarding experience.