The Goddard School

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The Goddard School of Arvada

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Former Employee - Lead Teacher, Prekindergarten in Arvada, CO
Former Employee - Lead Teacher, Prekindergarten in Arvada, CO

I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than an year)

Pros

- Opportunity to gain experience in the field of Early Childhood Education
- Tuition reimbursement for degree, or support earning CDA
- School is clean & health conscious
- Classrooms are always provided with new furniture and needed learning materials. Broken items are replaced promptly
- Curriculum Gift Card 3x a year

Cons

- More priority to running a "business" than a school.
-Classrooms are over-enrolled, however ratio is maintained. Children are sent to neighboring classrooms for the day.
- Sometimes favored unrealistic parent requests, opposed to supporting the greater good of the classroom
- If opportunity to lesson plan/complete portfolios does night arise in the classroom, teachers are expected to do so during lunch break or personal time
- Bathroom breaks were regularly skipped, late, or long wait time

Doesn't Recommend
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    Shocked to see and hear lack of teacher support and professionalism

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    Current Employee - Lead Pre-K Teachers in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Pre-K Teachers in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    love working with the children, families, and co-workers

    Cons

    1] lack of communication from admin with teachers and families, 2] lack of support from admin, was told that we can't talk or celebrate black history month, halloween, kwanzaa, christmas, hannukah, etc. (but the school hosts a halloween party every year and a contest for the best christmas decorations on the classroom doors and offer the teachers cash prizes), 3] teachers can't communicate with parents via email (send out friendly reminders about classroom events, school events, providing details about what children have been learning) even when families have stated that they would like this option because they lose papers and it's convenient for them to check their email at their own leisure, 4] not provided proper orientation and training and was trained by two teachers who had been working their for a month or less, 5] tired of hearing it's the Goddard way being used as a crutch when questioning why we can't perform or implement certain developmentally appropriate practices or tasks that is expected of us as early childhood educators from what we have learned while earning our education degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should embrace and support your teachers in promoting cultural diversity in the classroom. You should be providing your teachers the trainings they need to learn how to promote diversity in a positive manner instead of being afraid of what they are going to say to a family. Be proactive and support the education they need to be better professional early childhood educators and really show families that we are just not glorified babysitters. Teachers need to learn how to problem solve and adapt. They can't do it if you don't let them learn how to communicate to an unhappy parent and provide the teacher the support they need. Stop micromanaging and learn to delegate tasks especially when it comes to communicating with families. If your teachers can't grow professionally, how can you expect them to move up in their careers to become a lead teacher, curriculum coordinator, assistant director, or director. You are doing them a disservice when not providing such support. Many of the staff here have expressed a need their disappointment and feel disheartened that they aren't able to truly do all that they can and what they have learned through trainings or college courses in regards to developmentally appopriate practices and learning for young children as well as growing professionally and being viewed as true educators.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Goddard southern ohio

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher

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

    Pros

    Kids were great, good location .

    Cons

    Every aspect was awful. No training and have never done a job like this . Hired on as teaching assistant. Was constantly left alone with 30+ kids that often were out of control. Owners scolded me once for "letting the kids walk all over me" when I am just one person. There was a teacher present but always in the back kitchen area that hadn't spoke more than 5 words to me the 5 weeks I was there . Had no idea of field trips or activities . Was sent on my lunch during any activities and Was basically ostracized from the beginning for being new? yelled at for missing a staff meeting that no one had told me about and I guess was posted somewhere that teachers normally look but I was never told of this .Had to constantly stay late with no extra pay .. When I decided to quit I was never paid my final paycheck . They would not return my calls or e mails about this matter . I finally had my MOTHER call to ask about the paycheck . They then stated that I hadn't received my paycheck because I hadn't turned in my name tag. So I drove out there to turn it in, they had no interest in my name tag and went on to state how bad of a situation I left them in because she herself had to watch the kids? She then stated she had to re process my paycheck and take 60$ out for the background check . That I myself paid for .. And said she would mail it to me . These two owners are not professional and my entire experience with this company was dreadful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever you can take from my above statement. Please work on this so future employees will be happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
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