Great benefits, but poor pay & high burnout rates
Assistant Teacher (Current Employee) – Baltimore, MD – June 18, 2019
A typical day involves "being on" from the moment the students arrive until after they leave. After the students leave, meetings will be scheduled, eating up the little planning time you have.
If you are a hard, dedicated worker, be prepared to be taken advantage of by management. Management will work you until you are beyond burned out. Management will not explore ways to streamline procedures, improve interoffice communication, or take "lower" employees ideas or concerns into account when making decisions.
Burnout across disciplines, especially those who work directly in the classroom, is no joke. Due to high burnout, high turnover is not surprising and extremely common; new faces (especially amongst classroom staff) are nothing new. There is complete lack of compensation for doing your job and going above and beyond your job is barely acknowledged by management.
Despite the lackluster job culture/management, poor work/life balance, and despicable excuse for a paycheck, I have learned an incredible amount while at Kennedy Krieger, professionally and personally. (And the benefits really are amazing!) The most enjoyable part of the job is working with the wonderful students who attend Kennedy Krieger School. Building relationships with my students brings me absolute joy and happiness. Working with an interdisciplinary team allows for a unique dynamic and treatment approach of the whole child.
High burnout, poor pay and compensation