Teaching Assistant/Administrative Support/Teacher (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – August 8, 2018
Oklahoma City Public Schools is rewarding in hindsight. The day to day tasks can feel tedious in the moment, but at the end of each year, you are able to see just how much progress and how much of an impact you can make on youth.
Mathematics Teacher (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – June 13, 2018
Teachers are not paid for the amount of work they put in. The students require more time than allotted to learn. This was sometimes due to the basic needs not being met at home. Then I realized this job didn't pay enough for basic needs. I would like to think my mathematics background along with my known work dedication will help me get a good paying job.
Secretary (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – June 4, 2018
I did a lot of different things at the school. I was the financial/counselor secretary. I love my job because I got to be with my kids during the day. I really loved helping the kids out and just seeing them grow up. I was like a second mom to a lot of them. I really love my job in the counselor's office. Just meeting new people.
Substitute Teacher K-12 (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – May 28, 2018
I am a full-time college student and enjoy the flexibility of substitute teaching because I can choose the assignments that work for my schedule and availability! I don't have to worry about being disturbed when I have an exam to prepare for because I can set-up non-work days so that I am not contacted to take an assignment. Introduce yourself to the school staff and faculty. This will help them, and you, when they are looking for someone to fill a particular assignment.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – May 23, 2018
Classroom teachers get no respect. They are paid less than all other certified positions. They are expected to use their plan time to do everything except truly plan and grade. This district is dysfunctional and needs to get rid of every administrator at every level and start over.
Health/Physical Education/Safety Teacher (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – May 18, 2018
The best thing about working here is job security. The the stress of classroom discipline and management is not worth the security. Every school is different but the culture of the teacher industry is poor.
The money is terrible and communcation is nonexistent
Assistant Pre-K Teacher (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – May 6, 2018
Support staff make far less than minimum wage per hour and get no respect. The insurance is good but what good is the insurance when you can't pay your co-pay? Communication lines between principals and support staff is very weak but mostly not occurring whatsoever.
The work is important the other teachers and support staff make the world go around.
Principals can be tyrants with poor social skills across the board, Also can a staff get paid enough to cover rent AND food please?
Substitute Teacher PreK-12 (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – April 27, 2018
It is a great job if you love to be around kids. I would get on the website on my days off and check if a substitute was needed and if there was one available I would just mark it and present myself at the school that needed me. Great place to work in I had no problems.
Elementary Teacher (Former Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – April 16, 2018
The hours compared to compensation were inadequate at times, because of deadlines and the endless reports required. However, because of the students and their love of learning and my love for them, it was a great experience. I would recommend this job or career to anyone. I miss it everyday.
Specialist (Former Employee) – OKC, OK – April 10, 2018
Depending on what dept you work in, the days could be stressful or pretty lax. Most of the people with the stressful jobs are doing triple the work of those with the relaxed jobs not putting in much effort to cover what needs to be done. And the pay that some directors and leadership management get here is way more than you would expect while the people that get all the day to day work dumped on them get paid well below average. They do not work with you if you try and continue your education unless you are a teacher that qualifies within a certain grant like special ed... If you complete a degree while employed you will not be compensated nor promoted unless there is a vacant position you apply for and somehow get hired for. If you are hired in as a director or other executive level then you're all good, but if not expect there to be a communication barrier where your voice will not be heard. Even making an official complaint to HR dept does not give you a voice. The PTO and Insurance allowances are great, and I have heard stories of this once having been a great place to work but it has since turned into something not as pleasant.
ED Assistant (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – March 29, 2018
Oddly enough, I'm writing this right before the walkout. If you like to work with kids, and you are a good teacher, this is a very fulfilling job, even though it's extremely stressful, and the support of students' families and the government are severely lacking. Funding cuts make teachers have to work harder to do their jobs, and it's terribly unfair.
The atmosphere is usually positive, and there is great support among the staff.
Good benefits; excellent co-workers and leadership; professional development; non-competative
low pay; underappreciated staff; stressful; not paid for overtime
Media Assistant (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – March 27, 2018
I have enjoyed working here and I would recommend this job in this district to someone else. Depending on what school you are at there are team building projects and lots of support from your coworkers. Leadership positions and always room for growth.