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Very difficult place to work
Teacher (Former Employee) –  IllinoisSeptember 10, 2018
Many teachers working there do not have certificates to teach. Pay is horrible. Many teachers work there just because they need a paycheck until they get a better job. many children actually graduate from there with horrible attendance and failing grades. Academy is a very sad place.

the last day of the school year the owmers make the teachers stay in their rooms as they fire teachers. You have no idea who or why. I've never seen such a thing in all my years of working. This is no way to treat people adults or teachers.
Pros
Not sure
Cons
Terrible pay. Very dangerous. This job changed me in a bad way.
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Relatable co workers
Staff Teacher (Former Employee) –  IllinoisAugust 8, 2018
Great coworkers and easy to relate to because everyone feels the same way. Lack of communication, support and understanding from those in charge. Very short staffed and staff changes throughout the year. No support in the classroom. Teachers and staff let kids get to them and let the kids win. Principal is never walking around and checking on classrooms or staff and usually takes concerns that staff members may have as a joke. The social worker never once met with my students as required and would never take students request to meet with them. You need very thick skin to work here and very low ethics and morals.
Pros
Hours are decent
Cons
Too many to list
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Okay place to work.
Special Education Teacher - Self-Contained/EDP (Current Employee) –  ArizonaMay 14, 2018
Not a horrible job but the leaders are horrible. Opportunities to move up but they are not given with much care for strengths and abilities. They are largely given based on relationship and politics.
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Stressful and Expendable
Physical Education Teacher (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ILDecember 13, 2017
Menta takes in kids that were kicked out of regular schools that are prone to violence. Not all the kids are like that but most are. Keep in mind that some of these kids can age up to 18 and 19 years old.

You will be required to undergo a training program in order to restrain students with help from other staff.

Injuries are avoidable but come with the territory.

Threats from students (though not tolerated) are also par for the course as well. I've had my life verbally threatened many times, but it was mostly talk.
Pros
Lots of Paid time off with no need for a substitute.
Cons
No lunch break, they will let staff go based on enrollment.
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Special Education Teacher (ED) (Former Employee) –  Casa Grande, AZDecember 3, 2017
The Menta Group runs several alternative day schools. All students have IEP's. Each teacher has a potentially large case load. My case load ranged from 3 to 16 at the time.
Pros
Organized
Cons
High Turnover
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Team Approach
Current employee (Current Employee) –  IllinoisMarch 6, 2017
The Menta Group is an amazing organization to work for! If you have an interest in bettering the lives of at-risk students and want to be all in this is the place to be! We never give up and have a team approach to provide support for staff and students. Typical day at work starts with some staff going to the student's' home to pick them up and bring them to school. This gives you great opportunities to see the student and possible struggles they may be having. Next we work with the students individual needs based off their interests and apply that towards their daily academics. We work together to create the individual plans for students and create learning opportunities with staff by working together as a team...no one is left alone and help is provided if you are all in.

If you are here for the kids and want to help our at-risk kids advance then this is the place to be.
Pros
Rewarding career! So many opportunities for kids to succeed.
Cons
Challenging. You have to want to help kids and understand that you are here for them.
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Creativity Encouraged and Strong Team Support
Educator (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJanuary 9, 2017
Menta is an "all-in" type of environment when it comes to employment. If you're serious about affecting positive change in the lives of our society's most at-risk youth, then you've found your home.
Menta has a strong teamwork approach and allows for creative license to be taken in order to reach its youth population. They really look to and value professional expertise. It's extremely collaborative here but you have to be willing to ask for the help. If you ask for help, they're there for you. If you don't ask for the help and realize you're a spoke in the wheel, then you'll struggle.
Tough kids but it's a strong supportive culture.
If you want your reward and fulfilment to match your challenges, then this is the place. If you just want to coast along to get a paycheck and you're not self-motivated and adaptive, then perhaps another school would be best.
Overall, well worth the challenge of working with these kids!
Pros
Creativity Encouraged, Support When Needed
Cons
You have to *ask* for support. If you're too shy or prideful to do so, then it's a challenge
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To many chiefs, not enough workers
Everything (Former Employee) –  IllinoisAugust 21, 2016
Say goodbye to your life work balance. Benefits and pay are not so great. You cannot make a professional decision before asking several managers for approval, even for simple decision making.
Pros
Good workers. But Menta is unable to retain them.
Cons
It's more about profit margins and less about kids and safety.
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Look elsewhere teachers....
Teacher (Former Employee) –  IllinoisDecember 7, 2013
Teachers are given no respect from the students or administration. Students constantly threaten you and the environment feels very unsafe. There is little to no room to advance and curriculum is hard to get. Teachers have to eat with the students so you receive no lunch breaks or planning time.
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eye opening
CIBS Instructor (Former Employee) –  Tolleson, AZJune 30, 2013
Great people to work with, but hard work for very little pay and tough environment,
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A interesting place to work
Teacher Assistant/Bus Driver (Former Employee) –  Aurora, ILJune 11, 2012
Everyday picked up kids with behavior disorders and spent time in the classroom assisting the teacher.
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