- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at New Canaan Public SchoolsRecommendsRecommends
In general, educational leaders maintain a professional culture that assumes the best in people -that they will usually do the right thing. This attitude encourages responsibility, sensitivity, and initiative among both students and faculty -an atmosphere favorable to learning. In my experience parents were remarkably respectful and supportive.
The only downside is the general affluence of the community in comparison with the country. I felt that my teaching made a difference in the lives of individuals, but did little to address disparities in educational access that charaterize the larger society.
Advice to Management
Strategic adminsitrative supervision and support sustained my teaching -but I learned
how to teach by observing and emulating the best practices of my peers. Measures to increase such collaborative professional development would be good.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 days – interviewed at New Canaan Public Schools (New Canaan, CT) in July 2009.
The process began with me getting a telephone call from the department's secretary, not the main HR office. I was invited in for an interview at the main administration building which would be my first of four. They make a very good show of being thorough. The first interview was with about 5 people who sat around a conference table and took turns asking me questions. The questions were mostly about soft skills and it was clear they were watching me more just as much as listening to my answers.
I was invited back for a second interview with more people (some higher ups) and asked less than 3 technical questions one of which didn't make any sense and I got it "wrong".
My third interview was of a much more technical nature though I was never asked to demonstrate my ability, but was asked more about computing from an organizational perspective.
My final interview was with administrators including the Superintendent who meets every employee.
All in all, it was a 10-hour process.
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