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Wellesley Public Schools Reviews

Updated December 19, 2018
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  1. "Review"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools as a contractor

    Pros

    They have great management team.

    Cons

    i really don't have any negative thing to say about them.


  2. "Substitute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is very good compared to other districts. And you get a raise (albeit very small) every year. There are 9 schools, so getting daily assignments is easy.

    Cons

    You often don't get free periods because the office staff will put you in another classroom during a free period. There is very little training but very high expectations. You have to constantly watch your back because there is A LOT of politicking and your every word/movement will be scrutinized. The students and their parents are very entitled, which means that teachers and staff get zero support from admin.

    Advice to Management

    Support and appreciate your teachers and staff so that parents and students will do the same.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teaching assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The children are the pros and most of the staff is very nice

    Cons

    Low pay with bad benefits .....Teaching assistants are treated like second class citizens and have big responsibilities and are paid terribly.

    Advice to Management

    Teaching assistants are vital to the schools start paying us that way


  4. "Sporting Official"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wellesley Public Schools as a contractor

    Pros

    Sporting events have a lively atmosphere
    Games pay well and arnt too long

    Cons

    They understaff the officials do you are doing a lot of work that sometimes you can’t handle


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Special Education"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The hourly pay is higher than the average school district.
    There are many after school activities throughout the school year, and many opportunities to accumulate extra after school hours.

    Cons

    Teachers and support staff could not be more exclusive and cliquey.
    The lack of professionalism, work ethic and integrity, and support from other staff members is incredibly disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage staff to be more friendly and welcoming to new people, and to work with integrity.


  6. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Wellesley Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Its a great district to work for, there are lots of support staff and a variety of resources.

    Cons

    You are not guaranteed a job from year to year.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher's Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Built-in vacation, enough sick days allowed, opportunity for more hours, fun staff overall, competitive salary for the field

    Cons

    Hard to have year round work if you need it

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    "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teaching Assistant in Medford, MA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teaching Assistant in Medford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, and provided a wonderful education. Small neighborhood schools, great resources for students and faculty.

    Cons

    Teaching Assistants are not valued by administration. You are a number, and don't matter. They mess up on payroll often without so much as an apology. Began the year paying TA's hourly, not prorated as the past, and TA's had to wait one month before getting first paycheck. Administration outright admitted to not notifying assistants simply because they didn't think to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Many wonderful, qualified assistants are leaving due to your administration.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Wellesley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wellesley Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    --curriculum is given to you for all subjects.
    --lesson plans are written for teachers.
    --teachers can focus on differentiation and classroom management skills

    Cons

    --no room to let students explore topics based on interest or in an inquiry-based manner.
    --training happens at mid points but if teachers need more support to be successful it is considered a weakness.

    Advice to Management

    --Principals and instructional leaders could be more participatory with support, but this probably varies from school to school.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great pay and resources to help students"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teaching Assistant in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teaching Assistant in Wellesley, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working at WMS as a TA in a special ed. classroom was a good experience. The town itself is wealthy so they have really good technology and resources and the teacher to student ration in the classroom I was in was 1:1.5...pretty darn good!! Compensation was very high given the job, I know TAs in other town who made about half of what I made, AND i usually had opportunity to get more hours in after school programs.

    Cons

    There was a lot of gossip and cattiness amongst the teachers and staff which was annoying. When accompanying the special ed students to mainstream classes for inclusion, some of the mainstream teachers didn't feel that it was their responsibility to teach the special ed. students which made my job harder, and more importantly, made the special ed student feel ostracized. This, of course, was not true for all mainstream teachers but there are at least 3 or 4 that were unfriendly and unwelcoming for this reason.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that al staff know that special ed. students and their teachers are an important part of the school and should be treated as so.