Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Somerville, MA – April 16, 2018
As a substitute teacher I am penalized for not having an advanced degree. I have an Associates Degree and get $20 per day less than someone with a BA. This has NOTHING to do with my ability to manage a classroom and teach it in a teachers absence.
It's a regressive policy which Somerville should take a long hard look at and come up with a progressive strategy for maintaining a good pool of subs.
Classroom Teacher Grade 6 (Former Employee) – Somerville, MA – January 30, 2018
In this position I worked closely with a colleague teaching ELA and science, while my colleague taught math and social studies. It was an odd arrangement, but we cooperated closely and made it work. The supervision was difficult, with unclear goals and objectives, and this made teaching more stressful than it should have been.
Loved working for the Somerville Public Schools! Such a rich and friendly environment!
Translator/Interpreter (Former Employee) – Somerville, MA – August 23, 2017
This was my first job as an interpreter and translator. Here is where I grew in this profession. I learned lots of things that I applied and I will continue applying for the years to come. The fact to be in contact with families, to help them is something that fills me as a professional and as a person.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Somerville, MA – May 10, 2017
Good team work Good management at local level but a slight degree of of nepotism at district level... at least in the early 2000s Thorough trainings Like most teaching jobs, too vulnerable to budgetary stability and a high volume of buraucracy that takes away from the main task Also, like many teaching jobs, a bit too much political nonsense
Summer School Teacher (Former Employee) – Somerville, MA – February 8, 2017
Positive work atmosphere with student desire to learn and succeed. Staff was friendly and welcoming. Worked pretty independently on what was being taught but had the ability to work with administration to ensure the best learning tactics for the students. The hardest part was choosing which aspects of math to teach and reteach during the summer and the most enjoyable part of the job was seeing students enjoy learning.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Somerville, MA – December 17, 2016
I absolutely loved working for Somerville Public Schools. The administration was professional and supportive. My coworkers were dedicated, kind, and wonderful people that have become life long friends.
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Somerville, MA – November 30, 2016
I worked at Somerville Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years) Pros Great colleagues, good families, and excellent kids make the day-to-day stresses worthwhile. Cons The district mishandled the introduction of the new state evaluation system from the start. Many good people lost jobs due to the district's interest in meeting "Needs Improvement" quotas rather than nurturing growth and development in employees. Advice to Management Take steps to encourage greater trust between union teaching staff and administration. Helpful
Highly aggressive district with improving results for students.
Supervisor of Specialized Services (Current Employee) – Somerville, MA – January 20, 2015
Somerville is very dedicated to excellence. Our student body is multilingual and multicultural. Help is offered to students new to this country. Very economically diverse community. Somerville is a very eclectic place with night life, great restaurants and lots of artists,
Technology Specialist/ Trainer (Current Employee) – Somerville, ma – March 8, 2013
I've worked at SPS for almost 3 years as a full-timer. Before being hired as full-time, I was a part-time as a tech as well. It is a fast paced environment at times. I learned a lot as a technician and feel that I have reached most of all its opportunities. It is why, I am out to seek other employment opportunities. It is a 8-4, mon-fri type of job, which is absolutlely great.
Certified Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Somerville, MA – February 25, 2013
What I like the most and what I like the least about being a substitute teacher goes hand in hand. I work with a different grade and/or school every day. Although I truly enjoy working with all grade levels, I am looking to dance to a consistent rhythm and/or beat. I am needing more consistency in my work day.