The Goddard School

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Terrible experience, the children were the only thing that kept me going.

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Former Employee - Co-Lead Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
Former Employee - Co-Lead Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

Pros

Amazing kids and families, friendly co-workers, steady hours. After spending 40 hours a week with the same kids, it's very easy to become attached and form strong bonds with the kids and their families. The families were definitely very grateful for the effort and care that the teachers put into their jobs. Co-workers were all very friendly, although it was hard to get to know other teachers unless they were with similar age groups or your classrooms were close to each other. As a co-lead teacher I was guaranteed 40 hours a week, so a steady paycheck was nice.

Cons

Very low pay. For a full-time teaching position the pay was awful, I could easily make 2-3 times as much waiting tables. They offered to give me a 40cent raise when I graduated with a 4-year degree, I had to laugh at that! The owner was never on site, which left the director to run the school on her own. I actually saw the owner's family at the school more than the owner himself. The extremely overloaded director was very demeaning and often spoke to employees about other employees in very negative ways. Made for a toxic work environment. There was no time given to teachers to write 2 weeks worth of very tedious lesson plans every week, and I always had to use my lunch break or evenings at home to finish the work. Also, no stipends were given to pay for class decorations (which had to be updated every month, another thing that no had to be done during lunch or after we clocked out) or materials for lesson plans. Children were juggled from classroom to classroom to try to fit ratios, families were being lied to, and teachers were regularly forced work out of ratio. It was very sad for me to see that such great families were paying so much in tuition, but being kept in the dark about what kind of environment they left their kids in for 8 hours a day.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value, respect, and be supportive of your employees. They are the ones that spend every single minute with the kids, and they are the ones delivering the care and education that keep a preschool/daycare going.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loves the kids, disliked the management.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with great teachers and wonderful kids and parents.

    Cons

    However, this is a franchise so every school is going to have a little bit of a different management. And that is the issue here. The director is pretty rude to the employees and made the day to day much more stressful than it is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give appreciation to your teachers. They are who are keeping the kids enrolled in the school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    This school is a JOKE!!!

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Pasadena, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Pasadena, MD

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    All the teachers are amazing and truly love all the children and parents.

    Cons

    The owner doesn't know anything about children or education! The management is rude and careless about staff! As a teacher I felt like I had to act like I was walking on glass. The teacher turnover rate is unheard of! Management is all about quick fixes and putting on a front to make the situation seem better. They also don't allow the teachers to stay in md state law ratio because they don't keep enough teachers. The pay crappy too even if you have a degree!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat your teachers with respect!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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