What I said in the post that mysteriously disappeared was that during the 2012-2013 school year. Seven or eight teachers were required to get two fourth grade classes through the school year. The problem is not with the teachers; it's with the administration, which at the date of this posting, is still present at the school.
I think the fact that teachers are posting is a positive thing. I have been at this school for 8 years. There isn't any other place that I would rather be working. The fact that the teachers love the school is an added bonus for our students. I truly believe if a person is happy where they work, they are blessed! I love how I feel valued as an individual and can feel comfortable and free to add my own personality and passions into my daily routines. This allows our students to have many types of experiences they may not have in a public school. My animals create leadership roles and the development of responsibility and respect. Many of the teachers go above and beyond the planning and teaching in their own classrooms. We've provided meals for the community and work hard to make sure that our students' basic needs are met. Teachers tutor after school, during breaks and early morning. Through a few major transitions we've come out strong and better than ever! I am proud to be a part of the Imagine East Mesa family and enjoy watching the students develop and grow into the leaders of the future! Going to work with such amazing kids is truly a joy!
Imagine East Mesa is a great school and a great place to work. Coming from a public school IEM is a breath of fresh air. The teachers, leadership team, instructional aides and office staff are incredible. We are a family who work together to meet the needs off all students. People who post negative reviews are simple minded and don't know what's best for kids. I am confident in saying IEM is a GREAT school. Come see for yourself if you don't believe me.
Imagine East Mesa is a great place to work with amazing leadership. I have been a teacher there for the last two years and have loved every minute of it, especially in comparison to other schools I have worked at. I am feel very supported and everyone on staff comes together to support children however they need it! IEM is a great place to be!! Go Roadrunners!!!
Let me preface this by saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That being said, I have had nothing but great experiences my entire year here as a teacher. From the administration to the office staff and fellow teachers and support staff, I have never met more wonderful and caring individuals. Not being here last year I cannot speak for the turmoil, but I cannot understand how a teacher could leave their position mid-year. I know some were due to extreme illness and family issues and those must come first, but anything else is inexcusable. We make a commitment to our students for the school year and regardless of our personal feelings towards the administration or other staff members, we must honor that commitment. What exactly are we teaching our children when we quit?
My son was with the Florence Unified District for 7 years. I worked day in and day out with him and there were always multiple excuses about not wanting to go to school. His grades were persistent C's and high D's. His older teachers used to call me and tell me he NEVER applied himself. I ended up pulling him out in November 2013 due to a separate issue that was ignored for almost a year. On his first report card he was ALL A's! I have never seen him so excited to show me a report card. He raves about EVERY teacher and I get compliments on him. Our teachers go out of their way to help students, even after school! One of our teachers said "If he can't figure out his homework here's my cell phone number you have him call me!" Seriously!!!! Where else are you going to find this kind attention?! East Mesa should have been my son's home from the beginning! I love our veteran teachers and love seeing so many of them advancing within the Imagine Family!
This was my first year teaching at this school and it has been amazing. The administration is very supportive and the entire campus is a huge family. Everyone genuinely cares about each other and work well together. I am so impressed that I am pulling my child out of public school and bringing them here next year. If I had ANY doubts in my mind about this school, my own child would not be attending. I know my child will get the best education possible here from the amazing staff.
I have two children who attend here and love it. The teachers are awesome and communicate with me all of the time. I volunteer once a week and the atmosphere is great. The school has many after school programs/sports that the children can be part of. I think they are doing a great job!
This is my 5th year with Imagine. Out of the 5 years there was only one year I questioned whether or not I made the right choice to move from a public school. I DID! I have been nothing but impressed with the Leadership the last two years, the Teacher's are all Highly Qualified, the support staff are welcoming and friendly, and the office staff always have a smile on their faces. But the most important reason I love this school is my kids! They love going everyday! This is truly an awesome school. :)
I am not impressed at all with the office staff and how they handle issues with the children. The rules are not the same across the board. Once child does and action, the other does the same thing and the actions taken are completely opposite. they also have nothing to offer kids with special needs. They have no staff to accommodate the needs of these kids. If your child is smart and can fly under the radar this school is for them. We have three kids there 2 do great and the other no so much. Disappointed and after 5 years with this school we are saying goodbye.
My 4th grader is very happy at this school. I am not sure if the negative reviews are posted to the correct school - every concern we have had about bullying were promptly and appropriately addressed. Some new teachers, some have been there for quite some time - normal in every school, and not sure why it matters, since the kids get a new teacher each year. Regardless, the staff is kind and caring, and they seem to know all of the kids. I will be enrolling a kindergartener next year.
At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, I withdrew both of my kids from this school. The rate of teacher turnover was staggeringly high under the administration at that time, and including the unexplained firing of my son's favorite teacher. The administration at the school does not appear to be trustworthy, and continually engages in cover-ups and double-speak. And they permit bullying and other forms of abuse by students on the campus, with no significant consequences for the perpetrators (my son's class). This was easily the worst elementary school I have ever encountered, and I'm quite content with my decision to send my children elsewhere.
My grandsons have attended this school since pre-k. One is in fourth grade and the other in second. I have volunteered in their classrooms once weekly for tne past five years. I have been very happy with the genuine caring of the teachers and support staff. I am able to observe not only what is going on in their classrooms, but I get to see how the students in other rooms behave in the hallways. I walk past many classrooms and am always pleased to see students actively engaged. The music program is outstanding. I heartily recommend this school.
not a good school.... very dirty... non- friendly no smiling face... lot of favorism.. money hunger..... non accessible.... no communication.. and the list goes on and on... will not return next year
This was my childs first school, there was POOR Communication with the front office; instead of getting informatiom... I always had to request it. I got more information at Taft Elementry then here. Where's the high standars??
Imagine East Mesa is an excellent school! All of the teachers and staff on campus teach the students character education and with the Leader in Me program we are truly growing leaders on our campus. Our school now offers Band and Choir in middle school and we have winning sports teams. Our Elementary Honor Society is going to do great things for our community. We are a school that is passionate about helping those in need and making our community stronger. Our Preschool program is unbelievable and our Before and After care program is professionally run and the kids love it! I have worked here for several years now and I never see myself working for any other school.
This was my childs first year there. The management was so bad that it effected the students ability to learn. Teachers were coming and going like a revolving door. The bullying by many of the student body were not handled effectively and were never stopped.
I have 2 children at Imagine East Mesa. My oldest has been attending since Kindergarten and will be entering 6th grade next year. Imagine East Mesa has the most caring and dedicated staff I have ever encountered. They value academics but they also value and educate the "whole" child. Everyone at the school from the leadership, the teachers, the aides, EVERYONE is invested 100% to help my child not only be successful academically but to be successful as a kind and caring person. I recommend Imagine East Mesa to everyone I meet.
My children have attended Imagine East Mesa for the last 3 years starting in Pre-K. The Pre-K program was so awesome! My son was reading before he entered kindergarten. Now, just a few years later he is reading chapter books in his first grade class. My daughter just started this year in pre-k and loves learning sight words and addition and subtraction at her level. I love the family feel at Imagine. I would reccommend this school to any family.
We entered our son into the prek program this year at this school and are thrilled with the progress we've seen! Previous to this year we had our son in a prek program at another school and he was miserable. He was crying every day and was clinging to us. His previous program had many teachers in and out of the room throughout the day and none of them took the time to make a connection with my son. At Imagine East Mesa there is one teacher in the prek room and her face lights up every time my son and every other student walks into the room! It is very obvious that she loves her job and the students she teaches. My son has completely come out of his shell and is no longer shy in social situations. We are surprised every day by how much he is learning at this school. The teacher even has prek conferences to show us all of the amazing work he is doing in class and show us actual data and information about what he has learned! We are so happy that we decided to switch our son to this school and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an amazing prek program with a teacher who truly cares for the students in her class!
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