meaningful work with constant learning opportunities
Special Education Assistant (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 30 July 2012
Going to various classrooms, working with designated children, helping them to be a part of the regular classroom.
Every child is different and every classroom is different. You learn new things every day.
Principals vary from school to school but they are all generally interested in a well run school that helps each child reach their potential.
My coworkers at my current location are the best I have worked with during my 18 years of doing this job. I hope to stay at this location as long as I can.
The hardest part of the job is usually the challenging behaviors of some of the students and if you are in a classroom where the teacher doesn't understand that children with disabilities need to be accommodated if they are going to be successful.
The most enjoyable part of the job is getting to work with children and seeing them grow and learn.
professional and positive atmosphere
you have to work more hours than you get payed for if you want to do a really good job.
great place to work, union was good, staff were nice
SEA (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 18 June 2017
I never had any problems, great place to work. the only thing I didn't like was that other staff can take your job if they've been there longer. ******************************************************************************
REC N' READ LEADER (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 2 June 2017
I was in charge of a group of thirty five-year-old students and five volunteers. I learned that I must be attentive and patient with kids due to their difference in behaviours in comparison with adults.
Travel to different schools provide social emotional learning and self-regulation strategies to students
Short-Term Intensive Behaviour Support (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 29 March 2017
I truly enjoy my position as a STIBS worker. I tend to continue researching programs, making visuals, reviewing videos and reading books on the topic of behaviour long hours after work. I love to see students benefit from my hard work. They deserve the best I can offer!
CUSTODIAN (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 24 March 2017
Not a pleasant culture to work in. I felt disrespected and persistently bullied by supervisors who seemed sanctioned to degrade some workers and favor others. I felt so stressed day in and day out that I lost over 20 pounds and retired early.
Grounds Maintenance (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 6 March 2017
I had the pleasure of working for the VSB in the capacity of a grounds maintenance worker for over 10 years. Part of time there was as a temporary employee and part as a F/T, on benefits, staffer.
I found the workplace to be a safe place with a lot of friendly co-workers. The VSB made sure that all people working in my department were properly clothed with safety clothing and equipped with safety training.
Work consisted of working in small groups or alone, although the latter being phased out for safety purposes.
My only frustration with the position is that it offered little to no chance for career advancement.
little to no career advancement opportunities regardless of credentials and skills
Educational Assistant (SSW) (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 26 February 2017
The High school I work at is a great community school with many programs and activities. The working atmosphere is great, all of us are great professionals who do our best to teach the students in our best way.
Assistant one (Former Employee) – Vancouver BC – 1 November 2016
Typical day is you clean the school, after teachers, after the kids. Assistant one work in elementary and you clean 90 % of the school. Really there is no learning curve as you push a broom all day. Management gives you the talk for not cleaning the school well enough. If you have your ticket 5th class or higher there are way better jobs out there that you can actually use your skill and be respected. They tell you there is a culture well not really.
Intern (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 17 September 2016
I loved communicating in french everyday with the students. They know so much knowledge of many subjects, IN FRENCH. I loved coming to work. There were not any problems with this job. I loved finding solutions for the students and teachers problems.
ESL Drama Teacher (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 5 May 2016
Teaching Acting for ESL for the Vancouver School Board, (Countinuing Studies), was a treat because I was able to work with immigrants not only international students. They were curious about the acting process and worked hard learning monologues, writing scripts and with pronunciation exercises. They were passionate about improving their English skills because they were living in a new culture 'in English.'
great hours, they did the advertising, paid well, clean classrooms, free workshops for instructors
Power Engineer (Current Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 25 April 2015
Do not let them fool you they just use your ticket on the wall and all you do is clean up the classrooms with no hands on experience. Well i worked for a year there and very second day supervisor told me you are a glorified janitor. I ended up quiting my old job and was stuck there cleaning up a elementary school all by myself ( Classrooms, Corridors, Toilets everything). Worst job as an engineer you can find.
District Resource Teacher, Grade One Teacher (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 28 March 2015
The last five years I worked with the VSB I would begin the day in the classroom inviting parents to read with their children for 20 minutes. Each child had their own leveled books and this was so effective in getting all the children reading. The Smartboard was great for the morning calendar routine and teaching lessons. I loved to teach with theme based lessons which would get the children reading, writing and learning. Every year was different and I learned to make my lessons engage the various groups I taught and provided some high interest activities for those who wanted to explore more. The hardest thing in working in an inner city school is to meet the needs of children who are suffering emotionally which affects their academic achievement. I feel I did a good job with meeting needs but sometimes it seemed that what I called the "sea of need" was so great - it was so hard to do all that I felt needed to be done. I love teaching children to read and it is so exciting to turn children into readers and then watch them devour all the books at school and at home. I loved working with parents and have them involved as much as they could be. I worked with amazing colleagues and we were a real team at our school always helping each other. We will be lifelong friends.
Making a significant difference in children's lives
sometimes very long hours and having to buy so many things myself
Temporary Human Resources/Labour Relations (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 7 February 2015
VSB continually runs over budget so your job is not secure no matter whether you are a teacher, administrator, or within the management team. The head office management team has a lot of micro managers. This may be due to pressure from the senior management team but it makes it a very unhealthy environment to work in. Parking is awful at head office and unless you live along the West Broadway corridor, it is an awful drive/bus ride to try and get there.
The only plus was a few of the other employees at head office. They do their best to make you feel appreciated but it can't make up for the constant micro managing.
Student Worker (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 27 July 2014
A typical day a work would be executing request or helping out teachers or students, organizing paperwork, photocopying paperwork, handling the school store, and delivering packages to classrooms. I've learned how to communicate with customers, organizations skills, listening to teachers requests and accurately executing them. My co-workers were about my age or older and the were fun, productive and cooperative. The hardest part of the job was getting there, though i was never late it took a while to get there. The most enjoyable part of the job was being helpful and receive the great feedback from helping teachers and students, and working with a great staff.
School Accounting Clerk (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 13 March 2014
In a typical day at work, it can be so different day by day because you don't know what will happen and who will walk to. When you build up relations with your co-workers, it can be a very enjoyable place and time flies by very quickly. The hardest part is sometimes seeing demands the public expect certain things and you are trying to solve it to the best of your ability.
Low Pay - No Room for Advancement - Poor Leadership
Technical Support Specialist (Former Employee) – Vancouver, BC – 12 August 2013
Worked as an IT Support Specialist for the VSB for quite some time so be prepared to stay at the same wage for a years. There are no steps, just bands and you stay in that band pay scale until a new contract if ratified. Since the current government mandates a 0% wage increase there will be no increases anytime soon.
It is almost impossible to to climb to a higher banding as the process is to do so is highly subjective and a waste of time.
Management within IT were quite reasonable however politics reign supreme.
With that said there are great people to work with and the benefits are decent.
Work / Life Balance is good.
work/life balance - great people to work with - rewarding helping students
low wages - no advancement opportunities - high risk of union strikes