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.
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.
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.
Human Resources Secretary (Former Employee) – Loveland, CO – June 25, 2014
A typical day at the school district was answering phones and transferring calls to the appropriate person. I would file teacher file information. Make new employee packets. Take calls regarding teacher status when they left the district. I learned how to handle more projects and how to get them done in a timely manner.
Great Teams and Wonderful Staff, Students and Parents
School Psychologist (Current Employee) – Loveland, CO – September 2, 2014
Working with students on social skills, social/emotional wellbeing.
Working with my multidisciplinary teams to find the best interventions for students.
Administering assessments: Cognitive, Educational, Social/Emotional, Social History and scoring these assessments. Looking at scores for statistical significance.
Leading initial and triennial reviews and talking about student strengths and needs including, most importantly the viewpoint of the parents. Discussing how needs can be met. Discussion of accommodations/modifications if needed.
Many phone contacts with parents.
Meeting on teams (previously named Problem Solving Teams. We renamed them to Solutions Finding Teams).
Meeting with teachers to help brainstorm ideas for their more difficult students.
A diverse environment where everday is different and new!
Classified Substitute (Current Employee) – Loveland, CO – September 14, 2012
My favorite position has always been school secretary. I like to be the first person anybody meets when they walk in the building as I'm a very positive and upbeat person. I'd answer the phones, do any filing, distribute any mail or fliers for the teachers or the students, check in any students that arrive late or that need to be checked out early for appointments or otherwise. I'd always work with staff that was nice and happy, always eager to meet a new person and learn about them and always helpful. The most difficult part would be the students that didn't always want to listen or that always wanted to raise some sort of problem. Different people learn different ways and to get to talk with the student awhile then you can try to sort out what is bothering them or why they want to cause such discomfort. The most enjoyable part was meeting new people, working with the kids, and always something to do.
getting to go to different schools, meeting new people
since i was part-time i didn't recieve health benefits