Former Head Start Teacher
Teacher (Former Employee) – Head Start Center – August 10, 2018
I loved the center and the fellow teachers that I worked with. I really enjoyed teaching the children and helping the families. It was a stressful job, managing small children all day long and the amount of paperwork we had to complete could take away time from planning and implementing organized learning activities. I worked more than eight hours a lot of days just trying to be the best teacher I could be for the kids and completing paperwork and cleaning but we never get paid for overtime. As a job, I enjoyed it but the pay is not enough for the work required. As an organization, CAPCA expects too much of their employees with a lot of rules and regulations. Upper management also is very out of touch with the daily running of the classrooms and has unrealistic expectations. When problems arise, they do very little to support staff. Management does not get paid significantly more than lower employees so even if you get a promotion, pay raises and benefits are no better. For me, there was no long term career potential but I did enjoy my time there.
Sick and vacation days, health insurance, 401k options, school hours
Low pay, Short Breaks (sometimes none), lack of career growth opportunities, high staff turnover rate