Lack of support from admin and unethical practices
Speech Language Pathologist (Former Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – January 23, 2019
I was a speech language pathologist in Winston Salem/Forsyth County schools. The lack of support from administration from principal on up is astounding. My case load was supposed to be 50 students (state law), but my caseload was above that from day one. Absolutely no support or ideas forthcoming from administration regarding lessening my caseload or hiring another SLP. The paperwork required on a daily basis is ASTOUNDING. I spent as much time doing paperwork as I did serving students. Absolutely no time to plan for therapy sessions (or lunch), mandatory attendance at meetings that had nothing to do with my job, lack of any discernible disciplinary plan for students who disrupted the education of other students, lack of a livable wage were just some of the reasons I left the district. I believe that billing every student for Medicaid, even if they don't qualify for Medicaid, is unethical. Using eligible students' Medicaid payments for anything that does not directly benefit said student is, in my opinion, unethical.
I was surprised by the extremely high turnover rate of teachers. It seems they burnout or leave for greener pastures very readily. No teacher seemed happy in their position and many talked of leaving. I was not surprised.
I didn't really find too many pros working for WS/FC
low wages, no support, high caseload numbers, extreme paperwork demands, poor work/life balance