Challenging, fast paced environment and a great part-time job
Educational Assistant (Full time) (Current Employee) – Burnaby, BC – 21 April 2018
As an Educational Assistant, our role is to support students with special needs. Many students have challenging behavior that may affect the entire classroom, which can be stressful and exhausting at times. Every day is different and you must be flexible as the needs of the school can change day to day (short staff). I've always been treated well by all staff members and find the culture/workplace environment welcoming and positive. The most difficult part of the job is dealing with physical and mentally challenging students with little or no support. My current school is fantastic and I receive supports from the entire team. I've been at other schools where you're on your own and this can be overwhelming, difficult and lonely. In recent years, I've noticed a change in our society where many children/students are coming to school entitled, privileged, lacking discipline and/or manners, creating more "needs" in our classrooms. EA's can burnout fast, so it's important to balance your life and avoid taking this job home (mentally and physically). EA's are asked to support more than they can handle at times, but I think that's a provincial issue (lack of funds from the ministry), not a Burnaby School District problem. The most enjoyable part of my job: making a difference in children lives, educating the minds of the future. Hours of work per day is 5.5 hrs, max. 27.5 per week (no paid lunch). This is a part time job, as were paid for 9 months of the year. Most EA's have 2-3 jobs to support themselves financially. Great benefits for permanent EA's.
Benefits, day time hours, culture
stressful, part time work, low annual pay