Long hours and a robotic feel to the staff.
Spanish Instructor (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 3, 2017
A typical day would begin around 7am, where you have an arrival post. You would then have to attend advisory (co-run with another teacher) and consists of a highly structured time where you reinforce school rules and give a group of about 16 students school announcements. Throughout the day you teach about 4 classes, have about 2 weekly meetings with a coach, have multiple coverages duties during free periods and after school.
As a teacher, you have tons on your plate as it is, but this network does not put the well-being of it's staff first as they put entirely too much work on a single person without giving enough time to be successful at any given task.
Administration tends to be condescending toward teachers and often give constructive criticism without anything affirmative to say.
Staff has a weekly professional development which is helpful, but often redundant. This causes staff to be disgruntled and disinterested, as they normally have a lot of do at any given moment.
The hardest part of the job is not only the long hours, but meeting the expectations set by administration while also trying to manage and improve your craft as a teacher. Co-workers are cordial with one another, but there isn't necessarily a sense of family among staff because that time isn't built into the calendar year.
The most enjoyable part if the definitely the kids. They're genuinely good children that have the best intentions and are highly capable academically and socially.
Longer Christmas break
Short summer break, long hours, a lot of expectations for staff