Asst. Dir. of Student Life/Athletics & Activities (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – March 12, 2018
TPS is doing great work the Tacoma Community. The Whole Child initiative is revolutionary. The holistic approach to educating the the student emotionally, socially, physically is a process that is groundbreaking.
Paraeducator/Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – December 28, 2017
Tacoma public school can be very challenging at times. There isn't much to advance in this district. Your limits are tested everyday with the everyday challenges of the classroom and demands of the school district. Very limited support from administration for staff.
Student Intern / Next Move Internship (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – December 5, 2017
I loved interning at Rainier Woodworking, the staff were very kind and clear when it came to familiarizing me with the programs and equipment. I really wanted to work there part-time, but unfortunately had no job openings at the time.
Caring staff, Teaches new associates, Inviting atmosphere, Divers community
OFFICE COORDINATOR (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – October 10, 2017
I worked for Tacoma Public Schools for 10 years in 4 different roles. The ability to advance is a bonus, however the lack of training and inappropriate expectations make for a stressful work-life balance.
TPS is a good place to work. If you enjoy working with students of different backgrounds
Educational Assistant (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – October 1, 2017
Overall I've had good and some not so good events. Usually due to team work with staff. There are all types of students. You have to love what you are doing to enjoy your day. You're there for the students.
Preschool Teacher (Former Employee) – Tacoma, WA – September 12, 2017
Compassion and excellence may not be enough. The demands of staff are continuous while the behaviors of the many children who are undernourished, under-nurtured and emotionally/physically abused increases. Although very rewarding on many, many levels, it takes great personal strength to show up each day and sometimes your best just isn't good enough.
CTE Teacher (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – August 12, 2017
We need to find funding from taxes dollars that are being squandered and relocate them into teachers and schools. If its customary to throw money things until its fixed. Schools and our students need it. Though everyone in the building is there for one goal - to educate the future consumers, workers, politicians, doctors, etc, what are Administrators and Teachers at each other with a union mediator in between for? Make it better to be a teacher and lets teach kids for our own sake. They are not a number. if you have to fudge that number, then you're not teaching.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – August 10, 2017
On a typical work day, I enjoy arriving early so that I am confident in knowing that I am ready to teach my first class of the day. After that, the rest of the day seems to flow by smoothly and quickly.
Opportunities to work closely with department members
Paraprofessional (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – May 30, 2017
In the Tacoma Public Schools (Tacoma, WA) the diversity of students are second to none. I would argue the high school I worked in; was the most culturally diverse population in the country. The school had 1300 students and a great staff. I originally came from a small town in Texas, so when I moved to Washington State, I learned so much about different cultures. I am so fortunate to learn about different people. I would say that the pay was a little low for what I accomplished but I was able to feed my family; and do what I loved (help disadvantaged youth).
Emergency Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Tacoma, WA – May 29, 2017
Good- independent work; able to teach with or without critique; kids teach you things doily - able to choose your schedule. Able to push yourself. Classes are offered to motivate staying current on in house and out house issues.