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Osseo Area Schools Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Osseo Area Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good wages
    Great benefits
    Racial equity training is a huge perk and keeps me working in the district!
    Dr. Kate Maguire is a passionate leader who is committed to all students achieving their dreams!

    Cons

    Travel time from my house.

    Advice to Management

    Keep commitment to student first, do not remove the racial equity work.


  2. "Teaching"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Osseo Area Schools (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Creating a school community where everyone belongs.

    Cons

    Lack of classroom support and school wide positive behavioral support.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to hire educational support professionals for 6 hours per day.

  3. "Speech pathologist"

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    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Osseo, MN
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Osseo, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Osseo Area Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Schedule allows for moms to be home when their children get out of school

    Cons

    Speech caseload are rising to numbers of 70-90 students; impossible to give each child adequate attention.
    No opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Limit caseload
    Restore planning and paperwork time
    Reimburse fairly for licenses


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Osseo, MN
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Osseo, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Osseo Area Schools part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The position of elementary or middle school substitute teacher allows me to use my talents, training, and schooling to enjoy developing healthy and positive relationships, working with, and helping children diverse in socioeconomic status, with multiple levels of academic abilities, with various personal interests, and all within the public education classroom setting. It is rewarding being a preferred sub in particular schools. When I am repeatedly requested, I get to know the teachers and staff in schools much better. It is also delightful having students happily greet me by name in the hallways, hoping I will be in their classroom that day! As a sub, it is easier to schedule vacations or take a day off when ill or for other personal issues. Finally, as strictly a substitute teacher, I do not have to take work home with me, make lesson plans, set out all materials and fill out numerous report cards. My job is to carry out a teacher's provided plans in a professional manner with good classroom management, and leave reports of the day for the teacher and the principal.

    Cons

    As a substitute, I do not necessariIy work everyday.; thus, my yearly income is never predictable, is marginal and disappointing to me and my husband, the latter who forbids my purchase of a horse--a lifelong dream--because of these facts. In addition, substitutes do not qualify for or receive medical or dental health benefits from a school district. As a substitute, I sadly cannot follow the personal, academic, social or interrelational developmental progress of individual students; thus, I cannot determine my effectiveness with them over the long term.. Neither can I work one-on-one with individual students or small groups regularly and develop deeper, trusting relationships with students as a substitute teacher. Another negative is that usually some students like to "test" substitutes which normally is easy to deal with. However, there are times when certain students can make the sub's day miserable, through no fault of the sub. Being supportive and understanding, acknowledging that emotional abuse sometimes does happen to these fully trained, experienced educators helps them continue on with confidence and a desire to return. Let these individuals know they are valued as a respected, preferred substitute teacher.

    Advice to Management

    Most substitutes really appreciate the inherent personal freedoms and benefits of. the position., but can feel distanced and not included. Let them know they are valued by giving preferred substitute status when deserved. Suggest teachers contact their preferred sub in the beginning of the year to make an agreement that the teacher may assign the sub by name to the day of absence prior to contacting him or her. It will show up on the Aesop schedule; the sub is ensured of the job, and the teacher gets who they want. If the sub rejects the job, it will automatically be offered to another. Many times I have lost notified preferred sub jobs because someone else called in before I could and took the job intended for me.
    Another possibility, is to hire more than one buidling sub to reward most preferred sub's, consulting the teachers themselves. Some oldernnsubstitute teachers such as I may even prefer an ESP position for the security of a daily work position with assured income, health benefits as well as the relationship-building with students through working with them and assisting their teacher(s).


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag."

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    Former Employee - Special Education Coordinator in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Special Education Coordinator in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Osseo Area Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teaching staff really cares about the learning of their students and the general focus is on pushing curriculum. Students come first.

    Cons

    Central office administration is quite detached from the classroom and drive too many "new" initiatives which creates animosity with school site staff.

    Advice to Management

    The "hurry up and create a change" mentality is lost on many people in the district. More effort to align central office directives with site potential and culture is needed.


  6. "Technical Support"

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    Former Employee - Tech Support Specialist in Osseo, MN
    Former Employee - Tech Support Specialist in Osseo, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Osseo Area Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Tech team, great Management

    Cons

    Difficult to be 'promoted"


  7. "teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Osseo Area Schools full-time

    Pros

    pay is excellent and benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    work load for teachers is too much

  8. "Great Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Instructor in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good enviornment
    one day is never the same
    coworkers are great

    Cons

    not a good balance between home and work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Elementary school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Teachers are amazing and very supportive of each other and the students. All departments were involved with the SPED.students and communication was good

    Cons

    Very, very disruptive students, even downright dangerous. The administration was not supportive or helpful and communication sucked. Very difficult school. I didn't go back.


  10. "Educational Support Special"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I help kids learn. Collaborative culture. Great benefits

    Cons

    Entry level pay is good but long term pay is not.


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