ABA Therapist (Current Employee) – Worcester, MA – August 17, 2016
kindergarten-2nd grade sub separate Always start the day with bus duty, getting your students off the bus and to the classroom, starting their morning routine with either breakfast or play. I learned how to respond to students needs to the best of my ability and work with a BCBA to provide for the student. I learned how to take various types of data and run teaching trials and incidental teaching programs. The management of the classroom worked on an hour-by hour schedule as per classroom teacher and it worked real well. First half of the day was with mostly the same students and switched to different students in the afternoon. My co-workers in my specific classroom were phenomenal. We were able to communicate with body language and basically without words when we needed help or anything at all. The hardest part of the job was being understaffed in a classroom where mostly 1:1's were needed but not specified in an IEP leaving each staff with 2 students and then 3 when lunch breaks came around or staff absences. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with my staff and students and seeing real progress and goals happen. It is an amazing feeling to be apart of the process where students who once struggled now strive and hit their IEP goals.
Enjoy going every day, learning how to create new ways of making food.
Cafeteria Worker (Current Employee) – Worcester, MA – May 17, 2016
i like working with my co-workers. Always learning something new,In the morning I prepare breakfast for the high school, while they other children eat in there rooms, next we make sure all salads and sanwiches are made for the day, prepareing salads, soups, fruit and veggies and what ever else we need to do before first lunch at 10:15. We make sure all tables are washed and ready for the students. We have 6 lunches.After every lunch we clean and help prepare for next day lunch and clean the stations and tables. At the end of the day we know all children have been fed and our job is finished for the day.
Assistant kindergarten teacher (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – May 1, 2016
I worked 18 years as a kindergarten assisant. The schedule is good if you have children but being a kindergarten assisant for 18 years and have been switched to eight different schools all over the city which is hard when you have children especially because you can get switched three weeks into the school year . Also as a assisant you have lots of duties every day like lunch recess and have to attend specials with child's , the pay is maxed out at 24 grand very low for all you do . Being a kindergarten assisant you can be switched three weeks into the school year so would recommend kindergarten.
Good schedule if you have children
Salary switching schools in kindergarten aide poistion
stressful job with little or no preparation by teachers for substitutes
Substitute Teacher K-12 (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – November 8, 2015
Substitute teaching proved to be a very stressful position in the Worcester Public Schools. The behavior of the students is atrocious, and precludes the ability to teach anything. There is usually very little preparation done by the regular teacher for the substitute.
Registered Nurse (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – August 27, 2015
Working alone initially is unnerving - but realizing that there is so much teaching to be done (case management) really gets the heart of a true nurse. I loved connecting families struggling through the system with different care needs. Management was good, though we lacked enough guidance (only due to number of management/field nurse ratio). There was also a lot of opposition from the school committee and superintendent.
Great co-workers, schedule.
Time management difficult if you cannot structure your day. Although, occasionally things are beyond ones control.
Teaching Assistant for Head Start (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – March 21, 2015
This was a great place to work. The kids are wonderful. Most of the staff was wonderful. The hardest part of this job was working with different teachers. Most of them were great! A few were not, this makes for a long year. Great training.
Social Studies Teacher High School (Current Employee) – Worcester, MA – January 16, 2015
Teaching is truly awesome! As a teaching professional, you have an opportunity to challenge and motivate students to achieve. Not only do you see immediate results; but also, you see long term results with your students. Overall, a truly awesome work experience.
Teacher, Grade (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – January 15, 2015
administration does not care about anything but how good the numbers look. Most will be fine with stabbing you in the back and passing blame. Do not expect any support from them. Your fellow teachers though are great and supportive
ESL Teacher, Literacy Tutor, Math Tutor (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – December 23, 2014
Worked with elementary students on their math and english language arts skills. I learned to be patient with kids. Management tried to help who they could. My co-workers were team players. The hardest part of the job was saying good-bye. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping children.
I learned a great deal with little or no experience and no increase in pay
Parapro/ Instructional Assistant (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – November 1, 2014
Working with the Worcester Public Schools was very rewarding. I went from a 8-12 special educations students classroom setting to an office position which required contact with parents, going to their homes all kinds of weather and documenting visits. The position of acting secretary gave me office skills that I didn't have previously. Working in a fast paced environment, I learned confidentiality, keeping records accurate and filed, and how to successfully deal with sometimes irate people, monitoring teachers and students daily and keeping attendance. The hardest part of the position was trying to keep everyone happy. The most enjoyable part was knowing that I was making a difference in a lot of lives and it was keeping me active. I would rather be busy than have a lot of down time
i was getting experience in outlets other than the classroom, was in contact with adults from many walks of life, learning office skills, feeling useful/building self esteem
no additional compensation for the positions i was assigned to
A great place for personal and professional growth
Senior Budget Analyst (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – February 24, 2014
In the 6 years I was employed with Worcester Public Schools, I had the opportunity to work for a nationally recognized and award winning CFO. Management on all levels knew how to bring out your very best without intimidation or fear. Many of the daily tasks at hand were very challenging, due the complexity of detail needed in the final result, and the antiquated database the city used. Prior to working there, I had very little use and basic knowledge of Microsoft programs. After spending several months grinding out labor intensive work, I was able to use Microsoft programs to manipulate that data provided from their financial system to provide accurate data in a time efficient manor. The most difficult part of the job like many others in the Public Sector/Government was the staff that had no interest in learning new methods and processes to be more productive and efficient. I was also very fortunate to be on a team surrounded by very bright individuals who were very forthcoming with help and ideas to increase transparency and productivity.
medical assistant (Former Employee) – South High School – May 14, 2013
In this position I assisted the RN nursing staff in the nursing office.Duties included taking vital signs, signing in students, and clerical duties such as record maintinence and filing and some word processing, In addition to these duties I also maanswered phones and called parents when necessary.
stress-free work environment, and enjoyed working with the students on a daily basis
Special Education Instructional Assistant (Current Employee) – Worcester, MA – February 20, 2013
A typical day at work include me supervising children at work or play to provide an opportunity for the teacher to work with small groups or individuals. Assisting the classroom teacher with clerical work and by reviewing, correcting and reinforcing lessons with individual and small groups of students. And assisting in preparation and inventory of instructional material and the setting-up and maintenance of various learning aids, and equipment. The most enjoyable part of my joy is watching the children grow mentally, taking what they learned outside of the school environment.
Professional environment geared to guiding preschoolers to be prepared for kindergarten.
Teacher Assistant (Current Employee) – Worcester, MA – December 11, 2012
Upon entering my classroom, I prepare myself for teaching in small group increments in a center-based setting. I have learned how to teach to different styles of learning, such as visual, auditory,etc.. Head Start has a management plan in action that I enforce with the help of my co-teacher. As a team, we rely on each other for support of curriculum support, behavior management, coping mechanisms, as well as team guidance. The hardest part of the job is paperwork because it is an abundant amount of work. The most enjoyable part of my job is the children.They are very enthusiastic and ready to please their teachers.
I learned with medical record, office work, vital signs,and first aid.
Medical Assisting (Former Employee) – 525 Chandler St Worcester, MA 01602 – September 10, 2012
*I was 8:30 am and I worked in record of the students for example: *phisical,medication, vacines, and personal information.Other day my job was office , or help in first aid and obtain vital signs. I was my launch time 12: at 1:30 pm. I continued with my work and my day finished at 2:30 pm * I learned with medical record, office work, vital signs. *yes, *no *nothing *All my job was enjoyable for me.
Central Administration for large public school system
Principal Clerk/Stenographer (Former Employee) – Worcester, MA – August 10, 2012
This was my favorite job ever. It was Civil Service and I took tests to advance my standings in the system as an administrative assistant. The hours were great as were the benefits.
I learned new computer programs and how local, state and federal grants were written and awarded. The hardest part was passing the shorthand test. The most enjoyable part were the employees and their dedication to the educational system.