SPECIAL EDUCATION ATTENDANT (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – July 2, 2018
A typical day in my classroom included up to 13 students and 4 adults (the teacher, myself and 3 one-on-one attendants). The routine was the same every day, which is what children in a classroom due to their emotional diagnosis need. Every Thursday afternoon, the teacher held a meeting where the adults in the classroom collaborated and came up with ideas.
What I love about my co-workers is that they are passionate and serious about their work but they know how to keep the work environment loose and as stress-free as possible. Each one of these co-workers have their own strength that helps them thrive individually, but when combining the strengths of these people into one classroom it makes our team that much more dynamic. The classroom I work in has been called the best classroom of its type in the entire school district.
I have been fortunate to work with some amazing people and the good moments with children are the best moments in life. My favorite part of the job will always be going with the children to their gym class and playing basketball. I enjoy the paperwork as well. The hardest part of the job was managing behavior. Episodes of cussing, name-calling, screaming, hitting, kicking, biting, spitting and head-butting happen daily.
Very stressful, over-challenging place to work with very little encouragement and support. I never knew what kind of behavior to expect from my charge
Special Education Assistant (Former Employee) – Benjamin Franklin Middle School – August 26, 2018
I never knew what kind of behavior to expect from my charge, a young black boy with learning and behavioral problems. He would act out by trying to punch and kick and bite me and others. He threw objects, at times and tore up papers and other items, when he would go off. I received much criticism and very little support from staff.
Chance to help kids by interacting with them, one on one.
Dangerous job in which I was constantly in harm's way. Boring at times, overly exciting at other times.
Educational Assistant (Current Employee) – Agnes Stewart Middle School – July 21, 2018
Working with kids is a very rewarding job and if I got paid through the summer, I wouldn't be looking for another job. I worked at Agnes Stewart Middle School and it is an amazing place to work. There are some great people that work there and they really care about the students.
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Springfield, PA – June 17, 2018
My day begins at 8:30 and is over by 4. Teachers always leave detailed plans and are very organized. If I have any questions, I am comfortable asking other colleagues to clear them up and they are always willing to do so or find someone else who can. The hardest part of the job is not knowing which grade you will be teaching on any particular day. Classroom management can be tricky if the teacher does not have a clear set of expectations that she/he follows consistently, but for most classes this is not a problem. The most enjoyable part of the job is the kids. For the most part, they are eager to learn and glad to be there which is a reflection on the great teachers at SSD.
English Department Secretary (Former Employee) – Springfield, OR – February 20, 2018
Confidentiality was not adhered to when I worked there. Upper management was corrupt, and if you didn't play their game, you were out. I was fired for insubordination, for working comp hours after I was told to do so. But when the bigwigs found out, I took the fall.
The One Word I Would Use to Describe Substituting at SSD: Nice.
Substitute Instructor (Former Employee) – Media, PA – October 6, 2017
It is what you would hope and expect how a school district is managed. As a substitute, I'd check into the office, they'd give me my assignment and the classroom's keys. I'd enter the nice, clean class and find the lesson plans, attendance sheets, seating charts, etc. I'd have sufficient time to read them before students entered. And then I taught.
Fun to interact and teach the kids. Off on all holidays and summers. The work was very rewarding to be able to teach children with learning disabilities to read. The staff was always appreciated by management. We had lots of pot lucks and always celebrated staff birthdays.
Teachers Assistant (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – September 19, 2017
Making sure kids are their to learn and that they have a safe environment to do it in. Getting kids off the bus and into the school for breakfast. Having morning meeting with entire school. Getting kids of to their class to start the learning experience. Then make sure they all have recess and lunch to refuel their system for more learning. Announcements at the end of the day and some time surprises for the kids that had a great day in each class. Then off to the buses and walking areas to be dismissed to go home.
watching kids grow and learning, improved behaviors
Custodian (Former Employee) – Springfield, PA – July 11, 2017
At Springfield I would clean classrooms and hallways after the school day in order to prepare for the next day. duties included sweeping the floor, picking up trash, cleaning bathrooms, and other general custodial duties.
A fun place to work mostly, and the students are always interesting. At the end of the day though it's the school system; a field where there is a lot of problems. If you can get past that you could not find a better place
Special Education Aide (Former Employee) – Springfield, IL – April 19, 2017
Working with the children in the special education classroom and the staff was very humbling. It taught me a lot about patience and the different forms of communication. Working with children brings a new emotion on the daily and every day is different.
Computer Repair Tech II (Current Employee) – Springfield, OR – March 6, 2017
SPS is a challenging but rewarding work environment. The work you do impacts so many people and it feels worthwhile to be doing it. The people you work with are all there to support and encourage you. Very happy to be here.
Special Education Attendant (Current Employee) – Springfield, IL – October 30, 2016
An open, enjoyable environment in which staff work together to benefit students. Staff offer one another encouragement and support. Lots of fringe benefits like discounts on movie tickets.
I learned alot about the students and the students taught me about myself; for instance, that I'm sometimes not as resilient and open-minded as I thought I was. I'm learning how to handle difficult learning situations and how to balance rewards and punishments with students as well as how to establish a rapport with a student.
The hardest part of the job is handling my one-on-one when she is being extremely difficult. If I react too strongly this might actually exacerbate the situation, for instance.
Management at Jefferson Middle School is very supportive of the staff under them, and fair.
Substitute Classroom Attendant (Former Employee) – Springfield, IL – July 18, 2016
District 186 is your typical school workplace. The school principals have wide leeway their facility operations. As a Substitute Classroom Attendant, I was in just about half of the district's 36 facilities. I saw some very well run schools and some mediocre schools. I did NOT see a poorly run school. Well run schools showed expectations from students and staff such as hallway travel, tardiness, and cafeteria behavior. As is typical, the staff varied as well. I considered several teachers examples in best practices especially in time management. Others were disorganized and lacking in the classroom management. The District had recently instituted PBIS behavior management including some portions of BIST. These results varied widely although the recent addition may have been a training issue. The Superintendent recently asked for survey of public perception of District 186. I have provided an address to the results