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    "Special Education Teacher"

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    Special Education Teacher in North DeKalb, GA
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    I worked at DeKalb County School District for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I was a high school special education vocational teacher for 24 years, teaching first Production & Distribution (training students for production work & warehouse jobs), then I became the reading, math & life skills teacher for the school (approximately 200 students). I was able to set up my own curriculum & had excellent tech & tech support for my classroom's Promethean ActivBoard & our laptop cart. I focused on meaningful life skills: helping students get a driver's license, teaching them about the dangers of sexting, & all-important resume & job interview skills training. I was also chosen to become a Teacher Support Specialist, responsible for helping out new teachers in their first three years.

    Cons

    After 24 years of teaching high school, I passed the GACE exam in the field of Special Education to become Highly Qualified. In August 2012 just prior to school starting back, I received an email stating that I was being transferred to teach a combined special education 1st- & 2nd-grade class at a high-performing elementary school (a National School of Excellence). Most of my students & their parents did not speak English. I protested in vain, but was told I had no choice. Making the switch from high school to elementary after 24 years was extremely stressful & difficult. I did extremely well nonetheless, earning Proficient or Exemplary on the TKES evaluation instrument, but the stress was never-ending. My heath suffered as a result. The paperwork now required to be a special education teacher is daunting & often overwhelming, even to an experienced teacher such as I was. Also, the curriculum was strictly dictated due to state & federal requirements; as such, there was little or no room for creativity. My lesson plans for just one week were regularly over 20 pages; since I had two different grade levels, with vastly different curricula, it meant double the lesson planning. I spent most of my weekends working on lesson plans following a rigid script: Opening, Essential Questions, Standards, Introduction, Lesson, Closing with Exit Questions, Differentiation, Modifications, & Formative or Summative Evaluation. This extensive script had to be done for every single lesson, & I had to teach both instructional level & grade-level reading & math, as well as Science, Social Studies, Written Expression, & Social Skills. If I had to do it a over again, I would not go into special education in a public school.

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    DeKalb County School District2016-11-02
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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Atlanta, GA
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    I have been working at DeKalb County School District full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great administration support and students want o learn here.

    Cons

    Traffic if you live outside of this county

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    DeKalb County School District2020-03-18
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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Atlanta, GA
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    I worked at DeKalb County School District part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The kids were sweet and kind.

    Cons

    don't work here, not organized.

    DeKalb County School District2020-03-29

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