Clerk III (Former Employee) – Kaneohe, HI – July 30, 2018
I loved working at this school. The Principal and Vice-Principal were most supportive. The office staff was encouraging and the educators at this school are top notch. Dr. Seuss Day was one of my favorite days. The school lunches are the best because the cafeteria staff at this school are awesome!
Part Time Teacher (Current Employee) – Kealakehe High School – March 9, 2018
I have worked for the state of Hawaii for 12 years and Kamehameha Preschool for 5 years. I enjoy the challenge of working with youth of all ages. I strive to provide a safe and positive learning environment for the students I work with. I enjoy working with after school and clubs.
Special Education Teacher (Former Employee) – Haleiwa, HI – January 31, 2018
This job focused on diverse and family oriented needs of the students and families in our community. Decisions, activities, and development in our setting was a communal effort based on passion, expertise, and dedication.
Reading Tutor (Former Employee) – Makawao, HI – January 18, 2018
tutored students k-5 in reading; sometimes we pushed into the classrooms and worked in small groups with the students and sometimes the students came to the tutoring classroom for more intensive tutoring.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Kailua, HI – December 29, 2017
The Hawaii Department of Education has issues with monetary waste and favoritism. The school that a person works at makes a huge difference in whether they get support and respect from administration. Teachers do not get paid enough for what they do and struggle to make ends meet. It can be rewarding if your focus is only on students and you do not let the pressures of the system get to you.
Working with kids, professional collaboration, job security, good medical benefits
Not enough pay, poor organization at top levels, too much waste, favoritism
HS Transitions Teacher (Current Employee) – Pukalani, HI – December 29, 2017
It is a great high school to work at and I got the opportunity to meet all of the Freshmen that come through that school. I worked on introducing them to college and career readiness and sometimes they were not ready to hear about it but at least I got the ball rolling.
Public education has been diluted by lowered expectations
School Counselor (Former Employee) – Kapaa, HI – December 12, 2017
Counselors are required to possess a M.Ed with special training and need to have a desire to help students make wise decisions. Parents were often not very supportive and at times were the major reason students failed to succeed.
Work with students and the public
Long hours, non-supportive administration, low pay for cost of living
Office Assistant III (Current Employee) – Lahaina, HI – November 30, 2017
Working at my alumni high school is an honor. This place has such deep roots with the Hawaiian culture. Everyday is a new adventure. You never know what/who will come through the office and bless you with their presence. There is never a day that is boring. There is always something to do. Every one respects each other. The students know you by name/face recognition. For the most part, the students are very well behaved and respectful.
Oldest School West of the Rockies
Lunch cost $5.50 and we get the same serving as the students
PTT/TUTOR (Former Employee) – Waiakea Intermediate School – October 17, 2017
My job was part-time which was perfect for my situation. I enjoyed working with the Intermediate students and it gave me a sense of fulfillment every time I got them motivated and engaged in their class activities/work. It was also encouraging to work with lead teachers who recognized my presence in the classroom and apprised me of the day's agenda. The hardest part of the job was working with adults who did not seem to care about working collaboratively to enhance student learning and performance. A lot of the employees whom I met and talked to did not feel valued and they were feeling so stressed at work.
Flexible work schedule
Lack of communication from lead teachers and department heads
friendly people and the students are great. 8 hours a day /12 months a year. you get 14 hours of sick days and 14 hours of vacation days a month you interpret for the students , school starts at 8 and students finish 2-230 . it is laid back , very casual dress because it is so hot here . the hardest part are the cultural norms you have to learn . and dealing with the students swearing (using the f word) . the Bosses are very understanding and work well with our group.