fast burnout, high turnover
Special Education Teacher (Former Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – August 15, 2014
Before and after hire, the administration puts on a nice presentation about supporting one another, teamwork, professionalism, etc., but they're all talk and no walk. I agree with another reviewer - management is very disconnected from what goes down on the floor.
I don't mind the extra-challenging clientele. I honestly enjoy helping populations with emotional disturbances and developmental delays. What does bother me is having an unreasonably large class size and very little support. The culture at PACE is a little clique-y...if you're not in the "cool teachers club", you will be the last to know the important information and the last to be thanked.
I often had to forgo my breaks and lunches just to maintain the necessary classroom coverage and I was usually the last to leave work. I realize that this is the sad reality of teaching at many schools, but it felt like a huge slap in the face every time somebody made a joke about teachers taking 2 PM lunches and thriving off instant ramen. It happened several times.
In the 5 months I've worked at PACE, I've witnessed 11 employees leave. There's a reason why. I have a great deal of respect for their mission - "Connect, Support, Educate". It's a shame they don't live it.
school is constructed with the students in mind - hard to elope, minimal distractions
poor communication, 2+ useless meetings a week with a lot of lip service from admin