I have been working at Edina Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)
Flexible schedule. Great staff and students. Fully supported when difficult students or situations arise. There are paras assigned to students who have major problems conforming to the norms of a classroom, due to their special needs--this helps so much.
Sometimes, it is hard to pick up enough days to keep paying the bills. And, some of the students can be difficult to have in class--EBD or other problems can make classroom management less pleasant.
Advice to Management
Seniority for Subs please. Give preference to subs who have been working longer for the district. We know the schools and the teachers there. We want to be at the top of the list when you make calls to subs.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Edina Public Schools (Edina, MN) in February 2013.
I applied for a paraprofessional position on Tuesday after taking a few weeks to do the online application; its long but I made it longer by applying for multiple positions. The position is temporary, helping Autistic/ LD students as well as being a bus aide occasionaly. I heard back from the principal of one of the Elementary schools by Thursday, wanting an interview Friday. We played phone tag a little bit since I currently work at a school and am rarely at my phone. We settled on Monday morning for an interview. The interview was prompt, to the point, and began at the scheduled time. There were three interviewers reading questions from a pre prepared sheet. I was only expecting one interviewer so that caught me off guard a little but nevertheless it wasn't intimidating. The interview questions were more behavioral rather than traditional, which I prefer more. They didn't ask about my educational background which I'm thankful for since I have a BA in political science and am in education, so the "why aren't you doing something more in your field?" question is always sort of awkward if it gets asked. I haven't received an offer yet-- I should hear back the end of next week
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