The typical day at MVRCS was fast paced. There was a lot to do. I learned a lot from observing my colleagues who were extremely effective with students. As most places, it started out great. Staff was very nice, friendly, and kind. It was enjoyable. The teachers' room had a microwave, a Keurig coffee maker and K-cups, and filtered water free to all employees.
There was not a lot of privacy for teachers; they were bunched up in very close quarters. It was difficult for me to concentrate sometimes when my office mates were chatting with students and other teachers. I felt the confidential nature of our work was compromised, as well, because students were allowed to just walk into the special ed office and hang out. My supervisor, who did not hire me, never seemed to care for me. I would have appreciated some explicit, helpful instruction. Instead, she practically ignored me, but criticized my work sometimes as she stood over my shoulder.
It was difficult to do the job when I didn't understand what I was doing wrong. I worked very hard with the feedback I did get, and made strides, but it didn't seem to matter to the administration. They didn't renew my contract. This was really too bad.
free coffee, filtered water
cramped working spaces, faulty communication with supervisor