- Franklin Academy12.Jan 2016
Support from management
Horrible leadership. Had his few favorite teachers. Had even fewer favorite students. He would bad mouth other grades in grade level meetings. So we knew he would be talking about us in their meetings.
Grade levels were constantly being compared to other grades. It was very competitive and not a team atmosphere at all.
We had so many meeting and so many emails from separate administrators that most times messages were mixed which led to more confusion.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Most teachers were brand new, possibly because experienced teachers knew better than to work here. Experienced teachers chose to leave quickly because of the negative environment.
No onsite development was offered. It was expected to do on your own time. We were give. "Required" work over the summer.
Overall compensation for your work
We were paid less than our county employed counter parts. We had mandatory meetings that were way above and beyond what any respected employer could ask.
Office / Work Environment
Classrooms were tiny. We were expected to keep our classes silent for days and weeks on end during "testing modes". Even when the class was quiet and I was instructing I was told by admin to stop teaching and be quiet. During testing mode recesses were reduced and often time eliminated. To keep a class of 22 students silent for 8 hours (no recess or specials) was a near impossible task.
Our principal constantly reminded us that we were in an affluent area and were told to ask our families for supplies.
This is a charter school so there is no Union. We were told there were mandatory meetings (before work, after work, weekends, nights and evenings) were mandatory. We were told that we could NOT take our vacation days later during certain weeks. Calling out sick was frowned upon.
We should have realized there was something wrong when the first day of work and the first day of school we had to cross a line of picketers. No one ever addressed why they were there.
We were repeatedly told that we could easily be replaced. We were a number. Staff turnover was common place.
Most teachers got urinary infections the first two weeks of school. During our 20 minute "lunch break" most times filled with team meetings, and our 30 minute planning time, more meetings, we were lucky to use the bathroom once a day and only after standing in line.
No matter the hours or effort we would put forth the only results admin cared about was standardized test results. Parent feedback and observations by admin did not matter.
Inclusive / Diverse
We were repeatedly told (never was it written down) that we were to give special attention to the "bubble students" those kids whose scores could bring in the most funds and increase our school scores the most. We were told the high kids would be fine on the standardized test, the low students would still fail, but if those middle students would increase from below passing to passing the school would get a better score and I turn receive more $$
Suggestions for improvement
- More professional, more experienced, and more positive administration.
What I like about the company
Teaching is rewarding.
What I dislike about the company
We were repeatedly told to park elsewhere because of lack of parking. It was a toxic environment to work at.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyFranklin Academy
- CityCooper City
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2013