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Chesterfield County Public Schools Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
15 Reviews
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Chesterfield County Public Schools Superintendent Marcus J. Newsome
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  1.  

    Great part time work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools

    Pros

    Great work environment! Clear expectations of what is expected of you. Training and ample time off because of school schedule.

    Cons

    Since this is a part-time position there aren't any benefits available and you don't get paid during time off, including school holidays and teacher work days.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked as a social studies teacher within a high school in the county.

    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher

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

    Pros

    General autonomy in the classroom, much of the county has good neighborhood support for schools

    Cons

    Wages have been stagnant, additional duties have been placed up on teachers which made it hard to teach, not all schools have a great relationship between administration and staff

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Poor unorganized leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chester, VA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chester, VA

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    state benefits are all i see

    Cons

    upper leadership week and not unified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look elsewhere, always start at bottom of pay range advertised regardless of experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Secondary Spanish teacher

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Chesterfield, VA
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Chesterfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Teaching is my passion. I don't do it to get rich. Enlightening and engaging kids is a wonderful thing.

    Cons

    Administration is overpaid and under-qualified. Most of the admin has not taught in a classroom in more than a decade. They have no idea how much extra work has been given to teachers. Work/life balance is difficult - most teachers are chairing several committees, clubs, after-school activities for no additional pay. Many teachers have second jobs as well. There's no room to "grow" unless you become an administrator. I love to teach, not be a manager. Teachers need recognition for their hard work; it's a thankless job. The only reason I stay is because I love working with our kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in the classroom & teach for a week or so every year. Switch places with a teacher to appreciate what they need to do day in and day out. Support the teachers that work hard and give their all; get rid of teachers who are lazy and ineffective. Forget about "tenure". In the "real world", there is no such thing - if you do a poor job, you'll get fired. Do the same in our school district.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Everyday was a new experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chesterfield County Public Schools (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to become a teacher full time.

    Cons

    Very poor communication, from administration to other teachers. If you like "flying by the seat of you pants" then this job is for you. Note you have NO authority for disciplining a student.

  7.  

    Great county and great schools to work in but there has been way too much push on test scores like most systems.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA

    I worked at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Administration, school quality, co-workers, staff

    Cons

    Salary of course, excessive inservices that are unnecessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make inservices more relevant to what we do.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Repetitive work environment but employee-focused

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield Court House, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chesterfield Court House, VA

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

    Pros

    Employee education courses, opportunities to move within the county, benefits are very good if you are single, excellent vacation time if 10 - 12 month employee

    Cons

    Work flow is very repetitive, new projects are developed without any input from the employees who will actually do the work, culture can change from building to building and some policies are now implemented the same in each location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get input from employees when developing new programs to avoid major pitfalls. Unless you are doing the grunt work everyday there will be things that are forgotten about until they become a problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place to work, decent salary

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Midlothian, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Midlothian, VA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, dedicated staff, supportive parents

    Cons

    Too much control by central office; excessive county-required assessments took away valuable instructional time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexibility at the school level to manage on-going assessment

  10.  

    Wonderful school system to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Art Educator in Chesterfield, VA
    Former Employee - Art Educator in Chesterfield, VA

    I worked at Chesterfield County Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Art education is important to this county.

    Cons

    Schedule for elementary art teachers is hectic with no assistance for teaching six classes per day of various grade levels. Easy to burn out...that is what happened to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less classes for art teachers or assistant to be hired as the library teacher has.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great School System!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chesterfield, VA

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

    Pros

    Highest teaching professionals in the area, would send my kids to these schools!

    Cons

    Salaries are continually cut, no recognition for a good job-only more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of competitors who are willing to make trades!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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