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Severely underpaid and overworked.

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I think it all depends on the location/owners. I've seen/heard of some that don't offer any benefits but others do. The Goddard I'm at offers health, dental, and vision insurance and the option for a retirement plan. Health insurance isn't that great but the dental and vision is pretty good. We also get PTO and paid holidays after a 90 day probationary period. PTO is accrued at 2 hours per pay period which accumulates to about 6 full days per year. As far as paid holidays, we get 8 paid holidays per year plus a full paid week off over Christmas break. We do not get any sick days.

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The hours are flexible, but never the same week by week.

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Ask lots of questions, make your expectations clear and ask to do a working interview if they don't ask you to. It will give you a chance to get into the classroom, chat with the teacher you'd be working with, get a feel for how things would go on a daily basis. One of the biggest problems I've seen is that a lot of teachers never get a chance to get to know their potential co-teacher, and then they end up not getting along with each other. You are stuck with that person for 8 hours a day so you want to make sure you can see yourself getting along with them! If you can, don't be scared to ask other teachers their honest thoughts on the pros and cons of working there. You will find out a lot of useful information that will help to determine if it's a place you really want to work!

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After being with Goddard for several years I can safely say that the biggest issue is the management. My advice would be to make sure you have management teams at your schools who are appropriately qualified, financially stable enough, know what they are doing, and actually genuinely CARE. I've loved working at Goddard but the management has been a constant issue. I've seen some of the most unprofessional people in administrative positions within our building and I don't know anyone would want those kinds of people representing your company. The other big issue is constantly being short-staffed because the turnover rate is horrendous. As a teacher who has also taught in public school, I can honestly say that I have had more responsibilities/expectations as a teacher at Goddard, 100x more stress, little to no support, and don't make enough money to make a living in order to do this as a career. In public school I had less responsibility, tons of teacher support, and had great benefits and pay so that I could at least make a career out of doing what I love. If you want to keep truly great (and highly qualified/experienced) teachers in your schools, you need to start making sure they are treated the right way and paid as such so that they have an incentive to stay! There is so much potential for these schools to be great but a lot of improvements need to be made.

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Working with the teacher I worked with moody

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If I were to leave The Goddard School it would be because the directors are petty. They should have had more experience running a center before being hired. They play favorites. They also pick and choose days to be blackout days, meaning if you call out, you get a write up. Some things cant be controlled like having sick children. They also dont really enforce the sick policy and if they do, it doesnt pertain to teachers. They still work them even if they are visibly ill. The owners are great but lack the knowledge needed to run a center so any and all complaints are directed to the directors who like I said can be petty. I think Goddard is a great place to be employed but more seasoned management would be a better fit for a director or assistant director .

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Yes they offer jobs to anyone with the right qualifications

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