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Anne Arundel County Public Schools Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
43 Reviews
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Anne Arundel County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Mamie Johns Perkins
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  1.  

    Substitute Teacher

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at Anne Arundel County Public Schools part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great system and great schools!

    Cons

    Most of the best sub jobs opened up in the AM so you didn't know what to expect till that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Changed my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anne Arundel County Public Schools part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love working with people, and working with the kids and their parents changed my life for the better, I established new friendships, and learned alot about myself. Knowing I had a part in a childs life that would forever travel with them makes me feel good inside as a person.

    Cons

    Becoming attached to the students and having to say goodbye

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just make sure the people your hiring has a sincere love for children. Some people do it for benefits and money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best Substitute Teaching Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anne Arundel County Public Schools

    Pros

    I have subbed in multiple districts in multiple states. AACPS administrators and office staff are by far the most organized and welcoming I have encountered. Dept. supervisors and administrators do the best to make sure you have everything you need. Admin check the quality of teacher sub lesson plans. I'm not used to substituting being taken so seriously! The kids want to like you and work with you. They respect substitutes who really try and will show their appreciation. MOST classes in MOST buildings are good enough that you won't "lose" them if there is a small hiccup. If you think these administrators are bad, then you really need to travel around and see what's out there. The number of good administrators is higher in AACPS than other places I've been. Keep up the good work AACPS! I want to teach there full time based on my experiences.

    Cons

    The pay scale for substitutes should be 15 dollars higher than it is. The entry level pay scale for full time teachers is acceptable, but it is not competitive for mid-career educators. More needs to be done to ensure step raises. I guess there is a price to pay for working in nice schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the step raises, and beef up the mid-career Master's steps. AACPS is a wonderful district that does so much right! Do more to keep your best educators!

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Subbing for Anne Arundel County Public Schools

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    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Annapolis, MD
    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at Anne Arundel County Public Schools as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most schools were welcoming and helpful as I would do my job for the day. I met a lot of great teachers and administrators.

    Cons

    As a sub, it really does help to be a professional teacher. With subs now expected to execute lesson plans rather than just showing the kids a movie, you really do have to teach. This would be difficult for people who have never taught kids.

    Also, I noticed that a lot of teachers were unhappy with the regimentation taking place in the schools. They were frustrated with being treated just as curriculum deliverers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If at all possible, have "regular" subs at the schools. If a school is large enough, a sub could be employed full time and just find out each morning where he or she needs to report. This gives the kids more consistency. Also, please treat good, creative teachers better, or you will keep losing them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teachers Assistant

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    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in Glen Burnie, MD
    Current Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT in Glen Burnie, MD

    I have been working at Anne Arundel County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are incredible. The atmosphere is energetic and fun.

    Cons

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nepotistic, useless Central Office

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Anne Arundel County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are what makes the job bearable.
    Many wonderful students.

    Cons

    Thoughtless curriculum purchases
    Teacher workloads
    Lack of leadership -jump on latest bandwagon approach.
    Not considerate of students in what appears to be random decision making.
    Not much classroom experience which impacts your poor decision making and ability to understand what is going on in classrooms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check your purpose for being in the positions you have. Stop "he/she's my friend, relative" hiring.
    Stop adult to adult bullying.
    Teach once in a while.
    Study the education model of Finland.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits, unreasonable expectations

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    Current Employee - Multiple in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Multiple in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Anne Arundel County Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, leave (too much), snow days, children

    Cons

    Unreasonable workload with unreasonable pay. Low morale. Inconsistent policies and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consistency!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good benefits and fair pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anne Arundel County Public Schools

    Pros

    Family friendly work hours and nice benefit package

    Cons

    It's about who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions based on job performance and promote loyal employees.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great group of highly dedicated overworked and underpaid professionals.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Annapolis, MD

    I have been working at Anne Arundel County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teachers and staff who really care about kids.

    Cons

    Low salary and limited budgets. Run on a shoestring. Not the fault of educators so much as it is the political climate. Kids deserve a world class education but county does not want to pay for it. The people who work in the schools do an incredible job because they care. They do it not for money but because it is important. Aacps teachers are paid less than most counties in MD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get county politicians to grant a realistic budget.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Former School IT Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anne Arundel County Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - schedule (hours, summers off)
    - you get to see the results of your work right away
    - great place to learn IT on the job

    Cons

    - pay (10mo vs 12mo employees)
    - pay scale based on tenure not performance
    - no room for growth, formal training, or advancement
    - who you schmooze is more important that what is right or wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the school system and it's BOE departments like a BUSINESS not a fraternity/sorority house popularity contest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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