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Career Story: Administrative Assistant At A Public Elementary School

Administrative Assistant At A Public Elementary School

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

Type of Company: I work for a school district in a small town in northwestern Connecticut.

Education: high school diploma

Previous Experience: I worked as an office assistant for four years before assuming my current responsibilities.

Job Tasks: My job consists of running the main office of our school with the help of two assistants: answering phones, corresponding with students and their parents, replying to emails from both staff and parents, scheduling classroom coverage, making appointments for both the Principal and Superintendent, maintaining student records, copying and distributing information to be sent home to parents and helping to register new students. The major part of my job, however, is to maintain and update student information throughout the school year and report it to the state on a thrice-yearly basis. This tracking process utilizes a database called PSIS and the information it contains is required for NCLB, the "No Child Left Behind Act," which was instituted by the Bush administration. At enrollment, students are assigned identification numbers by the state in which they live and this gets entered into a database here at the school level and uploaded to the state's Department of Education. This is how children are tracked during their educational years. This program was put in place to ensure that every child receives a decent education.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: I believe the best part of my job is the daily interaction with both the parents and students. Living in such a small community, I know most of the parents and students on a personal level anyhow.

I can honestly say there is no part of my job that I dislike.

Job Tips: I would encourage anyone who wants to work in school administration to pursue more courses and take advantage of any and all workshops that are offered in this field. When interviewing for an administrative job, you want to focus on your social and personal skills, since these are very important when you're dealing with the public.

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