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The people who work there are nice. Some are phony, especially the Buffalo, NY employees, but overall I had very little trouble with staff until it was time to train them on things they didn't feel they should be learning. Then they get mad at you, even though you're only doing what you were instructed to do.

It was fun, if you don't count having to listen to children get screamed at outside of your office, or called "crybaby" or told to "be a man.. men don't cry.", or standing in the hall during an observation while watching the teacher leave several children unattended, or walking into a classroom to find the same teacher lying on a cot, on her phone, while the children were napping. (Reported all of this and nothing was done). Be prepared for that too. Seeing things and telling, only for absolutely nothing to be done.

Again... Good luck!


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You fill out the app, then you wait... Only to call and inquire and have them tell you that they lost it and that you should come fill it out again. This will happen several times. Make sure to always keep a copy of your resume on you, because they lose those too. I was hired in March, didn't start until May, even though my paperwork and other requirements were filled the second week. Then you come in and fill out a clearance form. This lists every place you've ever lived in your life. Fingerprints. Drug screen. Then you wait some more. Finally after weeks, of waiting, you get a one day orientation about random things that have nothing to do with why you're there. After lunch, you meet your "supervisor" and she takes over the rest of the day. I met mine and spent the rest of the day watching her have labor pains for an hour before she left me with nothing to do.


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