- Alexandria City Public Schools22.Jun 2018
Very unorganized communication, limited follow through, and too much power given to biased and unprofessional individuals whose focus should be on the students but instead focuses more on their own ego. I watched great teachers resign to be part of a drill and kill test-prep culture. During my time there, I was advised by veteran teachers to essentially make up grades to keep administrators off of my back, and the students expressed the same awareness. Students readily acknowledged that they were simply given grades in the previous year that they knew that they did not earn, which unfortunately continued to show as a learned behavior in their work ethic. There are many great students here, but administrators also stated directly to ignore enrichment programs because they had to meet the needs of the students that were under-performing in order to attain full accreditation.
Support from management
As a new teacher, I was supposed to receive a new teacher mentor, which I did not discover until November of the school year. A supervisor observed my teaching three times informally with no feedback, and then lied outright on my first surprise formal observation. In 15 years of teaching, I had never received anything under satisfactory, and I considered satisfactory as low in my work. I have excelled in my role as a teacher in multiple settings with a variety of student populations.
The teaching teams were amazing here and were an excellent redeeming factor. If the teachers had more say in how they ran their classrooms and were not micromanaged
Freedom to work independently
Work and plans were constantly micromanaged. Decisions and orders were constantly given that limited the ability to strengthen critical and creative thinking for students.
Continually misinformed about essential information from grading policies. There were over twenty students that had to re-assess the state test because accommodations were not met the first time as a result of poor communication.
A great amount of potential to gain professional development and leadership roles if you can ride the nepotism and play the local politics well.
Office / Work Environment
Cockroaches, ants, mice constantly a problem throughout the year. Rooms were not cleaned well. Mold in the book shelves. Students often allowed to essentially roam halls during instruction.
This was the first year that I did not hold a second job for supplemental income, and I worked harder this past year than any other year of teaching in fifteen years. Despite the long hours and the effectiveness the work paid off in regard to student growth, supervisors never seemed satisfied.
The lack of cameras in the building were also a problem. A long term substitute's personal computer was stolen from his desk by a student. Furthermore, the student was allowed to return to school for over a week after the laptop was found in the student's locker.
If you like to be challenged, this is a great place for you. I learned a lot, but I had even more to offer if allowed to perform based on my experience and skills.
Suggestions for improvement
- Allow the teachers to have a greater voice in decisions. Create a more efficient year-long plan. (Formal observations should not still be occurring after state testing.)
What I like about the company
There are many in the district that truly believe in what they are doing and are doing the best to give the students the best education possible.
What I dislike about the company
Lack of organization, nepotism, which naturally creates extremely unfair biases and inconsistencies.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyAlexandria City Public Schools
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee