Designated Early Childhood Educator (Current Employee) – Derry West Village PS – January 30, 2016
The Peel District School Board was listed as one of the best employers to work for and I completely agree with the ranking. I have now worked as a DECE for the board for two years at two different schools and have always felt secure in my position. What I love about the board is the constant communication regarding learning opportunities such as workshops, modules, and other various programs that take place that aid in your professional growth. The school I am currently working at holds some of the most personable and caring co-workers I have worked with to date.
An occasional teacher is an enjoyable and rewarding career but not stable.
Occasional Teacher (Current Employee) – Peel, ON – January 28, 2016
I love being an occasional teacher because I enjoy teaching at the primary level. Children make me smile with the funniest and unexpected comments and behaviours. Classroom management is a must to set up properly at the beginning of your day or you are in for a rough day. It is a fun and rewarding career that fits into my busy lifestyle with two young children.
Summer Camp Leader (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – November 24, 2015
It was a fun work place to handle younger children to help them grow as individuals. The most enjoyable part of the job is to understand different behaviours of kids and ensure everyone is happy with the decisions made as a camp leader. Other than being a seasonal work, no other cons for this job.
Educational Resource Facilitator (Former Employee) – Toronto Canada – September 4, 2015
An organization that provides an inclusive setting for children within a stimulating environment set for learning. Professionals within the educational field are given opportunities to effectively guide and enhance learning by providing a safe and nurturing setting. Learning tools and material are provided to engage and promote academic results and success. Roles include but is not limited to observation and assessments recommendations and report writing. To support roles within the organization working with policies, families, communities and other professionals is essential for continual success.
Invigorating work atmosphere with creative students in the arts
High School Teacher (Current Employee) – Brampton, ON – May 25, 2015
A typical day at work begins with checking for extra work duties in my mailbox such as on calls or cafeteria duty. Next, I open my classroom door to the students and teach my three classes. During my preparation period I photocopy any handouts needed for the next day, make sure the art room materials are maintained and well stocked. I've learned this makes for a well run, organized art room where the students enjoy being creative. My co-workers do the same in their art rooms, which keeps things consistent within the art department.
The most difficult part of my job would be making sure all my students needs are met and all their questions are answered. This can be quite difficult with classes being so full.
The most enjoyable part of my job is seeing students learn to become better artists and take pride in their work.
Teacher, Guidance Counselor (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – January 13, 2015
A typical day at work as a school teacher demanded dozens of decisions that had to be made on the spot, and these small decisions had a big impact on the students involved, so I had to keep that in mind.
I learned that I was a role model for students and my habits impacted them more than the academic content that I presented.
The best part of the job was watching my students progress and grow. When I taught grade 6 their standardized test scores (EQAO) improved 18% in the first year and improved every year with each new group. As Guidance Counselor I felt gratified by helping students going through rough phases in their lives. I also liked the broader view of the running of a school. Another enjoyable part was the social interaction among the staff. I loved meeting parents and people of different cultures. I also liked the fact that so many professional courses were available. When I presented workshops to adults I enjoyed the positive feedback.
The hardest part of the job was accepting money shortages and doing outside duty in cold winter conditions.
Great and progressive employer with a large work force.
VICE-PRINCIPAL (Former Employee) – Mississauga, Ontario – January 5, 2015
A Vice-Principal (VP) typically works at a school and helps the principal in dealing with behavioral problems with students, evaluating teachers, dealing with the day to day maintenance of the school. A VP is heavily involved in the daily routines of the students, teachers, and parents who participate in the education of their children. This often takes the form of discipline when dealing with students whose behavior is disruptive to or unsafe for other students. VP's are primarily responsible for creation of timetabling, curriculum support, exam scheduling, exam supervision, teacher absences, teacher evaluations, school building maintenance, assessment and evaluation, student registration, extracurricular activities supervision, community outreach, professional development activities, and chairing various school and board related committees.
The working hours are long and each day is full of surprises. The fast pace of the day makes the job more challenging and interesting. Making a difference in the lives of the students is the most rewarding part of the job. In my case it was supporting at risk students, their parents and diverse communities.
interactions with students, parents, staff and the community
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Brampton, ON – June 24, 2014
Administration makes a superb effort in meeting new substitute teachers and making them feel welcome in each school. Full time teachers help newcomers find their way around the building and finding any missing work or coming up with other possible solutions to a problem. Teachers also like to include substitutes they know into their activities and events (ex. going out for lunch, playing on a team, etc.).
Casual Field Office Elementary Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – June 9, 2014
A typical day at work is waking up early in the morning and going to any assigned elementary school to assist the entire school as a behavioral teaching assistant where I assist students with behavioral/special needs. I have learned that it takes a lot of patience and time to do this job and to get through the day smoothly.
I am very manageable with this job, it includes a lot of time management skills because there are different students that need assistance at different times of the day due to illness, medications. adjustment to supply teachers or any changes of schedule.
My co-workers are different individuals everyday! In this case, I love working with new people and meeting new personalities where I can learn and grow from different people each and every day. I also love meeting new children everyday, but I must say the hardest part of the job is trying to get these children to become use to you for the day. Most of these children that need assistance have a hard to adjusting to change of teachers so their behavior is increased. The most enjoyable part of my day is seeing the smile on a child's face when I can make them smile!
A fun place to work and learn new skill while performing tasks. Great co-workers.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – April 25, 2014
A typical day at work is busy. I have learnt that there are many ways in which one task can completed. I have improved both my hard and soft skills. I was able to manage and prioritize my tasks on a daily basis. My co-workers were very helpful, encouraging and always compliment me on what a good job I am doing. I did not experience any hard part of my job. The most enjoyable part of my job is learning new skills, interacting with people of different culture and making a difference in thatcompany.
I believe that as an employee and agent of the PDSB, I was on the leading edge of education and helping students develop as life-long learners.
School Administrator (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – January 31, 2014
I enjoyed a most rewarding career with the Peel Board. I was indeed fortunate to be able to return in 2006 after unsustainable business ventures. I had the opportunity to serve the school communities as a teacher, consultant, vice-principal and principal.
In all roles, the most fun and rewarding aspect of the work were the positive relationships and associations with so many wonderful people, big and small.