Sawtelle Learning Center- It takes a special kind of person to work here.
Teachers Assistant (Current Employee) – Montclair, NJ – January 18, 2017
very hostile work environment. Constant restraints, frequently being moved from class to class. CANNOT park on school property. Risk of injury for staff is very high.
typical day at work is waiting for the shuttle bus at the ymca parking deck, then doing tons of paperwork, then taking kids off buses, rain or shine. then going through the motions, group, academics, lunch, life skills, etc.
then a 30 min break and you can't leave the building either, just in case a child needs to be restrained. then group and whatever else is left, more paperwork. Then the kids are taken to buses to go home and then you have to wait for the shuttle to bring you back to the deck while all the upper staff(teachers, etc.) head to their cars.
My coworkers are very nice people, not all but most are. some are just phony.
The hardest part of the job is being attacked by one of the kids and not being able to defend yourself. The most enjoyable part is working with the children who don't exhibit many behaviors.
Overall, honestly this job isn't for everyone, think long and hard before you except that job offer. This is a place where you see and deal with a whole lot Mon-Fri. It is emotionally, mentally and physically draining. Its a good place to start for a little while but not somewhere to stay long term. People come and go here. This isn't a job for everyone, good luck.
Great Benefits, school days off, 8AM-3PM work schedule, looks good on resume.
Short Breaks, Hostile Work environment, No diversity in upper management, parking, very low pay.