If you genuinely love children and won't be counting on your wages to support your household, then you should work here.
Assistant Teacher (Former Employee) – Fairfax, VA – February 15, 2019
So first off, you won't be able to adequately support yourself in the slightest off the wages you'd earn as an assistant teacher here.
Almost always the facility is understaffed, so you will be stressed and overwhelmed with more kids than the teacher-student ratio guideline licensing mandates.
If you like kids, then this position can definitely be rewarding, the bonds I made with my kids are actually what kept me around for the year that I was there.
There's only one computer for all the teachers in the building to use and it's expected that you have all kinds of pictures and paragraphs printed off each week for project boards. It's stressful trying to magically find the time to do it all along with stapling everything up when you can't be out of the classroom unless you're on lunch break.
If you're actually trying to survive and provide for you and your family then DON'T apply, again I'm telling you that you don't get paid enough here, and that's probably the biggest reason why the turnover rate is so high. Nobody has the patience to deal with such frustration (predominantly from lack of support from management) for a little bit of nothing.
This job is emotionally/ mentally demanding as it is physically, it's no joke, and definitely not for the feeble hearted.
The experience was worth it for the friends I made, teaching experience gained, and confidence I inspired in my students, but not being able to pay bills or buy food or rest well because you're completely racked with stress, dread, and anxiety about your job is unacceptable.
some of the kids, free lunch/ snack, hour long lunch break
underpaid like WOAH, lazy coworkers, lack of managerial support/ common sense, get sick often from the kids