Deer Valley Unified School District

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Deer Valley Unified School District Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
13 Reviews

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  1.  

    Love Substitute Teaching at DVUSD

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    I have always enjoyed my job as a substitute teacher for Deer Valley Unified School District. I can work as little or as much as I want, and it is easy to accept or refuse available jobs on a daily basis with the online scheduler and automated phone system. For the most part, subs are greatly appreciated, especially the good ones who can follow a teacher's lesson plans and show up on time.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything negative to say other than subs, just like all teachers, should be paid more. Some days, depending on the student behavior and expectations of the teacher, I deserve a lot more than $85 a day. I continue to do it because it is such a convenient job to work around my own child's school schedule. I only give 4 out of 5 stars overall because of pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Gets worse every year

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The students and families are great.

    Cons

    The expectations continue to increase every year while the pay decreases for everyone except the superintendent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closer at the budget and don't pay some people outrageous salaries while at the same time making cuts that negatively impact the students.

  3.  

    Good experience but need a change.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, AZ

    Pros

    The teachers are kind and hard-working!

    Cons

    District Employees and newly implemented PDSA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let teachers teach!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    What was once a great district, is now a very tough place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Amazing teachers and some quality administrators.

    Cons

    The district now has so many tedious programs that they are trying to implement all at once and don't seem to see that they are not resulting in results for students, but over work and burnout for teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    The worst experience of my life.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    I had a job for a year.

    Cons

    There wasn't any communication and by September, the principal realized that they did not have enough students to hire me in August. The salary was also very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to strategically plan and treat employees with some respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Look Elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Weekends off? But you need it to recover from the load you deal with during the week.

    It's an okay setting if you can stomach poor management and need the extra money.

    Cons

    Poor management of employees. Former colleague lied about her role in the setting to promote herself and screwed another out of a much deserved promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually look at your employees and see what is going on in the classrooms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    DVUSD disrespects the professionalism of its teachers by requiring one-size-fits-all implementations.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    Pros

    The district does provide frequent, free and excellent professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    The district makes its teachers jump through hoops based on ridiculous formulas to determine whether or not or how much of 301 money will be paid to teachers. By the time family health insurance premiums, Social Security and AZ retirement are deducted, teacher take-home pay is less than 20k a year - not a living wage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat (pay) your teachers better before you lose any more to other districts, or worse, run them right out of the profession.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great rewards and great challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    working with kids and helping them reach those light bulb moments is very rewarding,
    loved to collaborate with fellow teachers, putting together effective and engaging lesson plans we all could share

    Cons

    There is a new, palatial district office, fully staffed with more employees than they are willing to admit...newly refurbished school campuses fully staffed with administration, principals and vice principals...but no money for books and desks and three years of pay cuts for the teachers. School board is fully aware of the issues and are not interested in teacher feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself...what are we doing as a district to attract great teachers and keep the great ones we already have. Spend less time on a 17 page teacher evaluation instrument and more time asking teachers what they need to ensure student success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Humbling

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver  in  Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Driver in Glendale, AZ

    Pros

    If your retired and need to keep busy

    Cons

    Broken equipment dealing with unmanagble children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your fat asses out of the seat and excercise get healthy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    An ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Nice colleagues to work with
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Not enough transparency and trust between district management and school staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be in the schools more to really see what goes on. Support and try to retain experienced teachers.

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