Frederick County Public Schools

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Frederick County Public Schools Reviews in Frederick, MD

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    My 10 years' experience with FCPS was positive. I met many life-long friends and colleagues there. I would recommend anyone coming out of college to consider FCPS as an employer.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been away from FCPS to offer any advice. My last year with FCPS was 1998.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good County for Part Time Job

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Frederick County Public Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to use sub management website allows you to book jobs well in advance, most teachers and administrations are very welcoming and helpful to subs, and hourly pay is decent for a part-time job.

    Cons

    Substitutes do not receive good benefits and are not considered "internal" employees. Subbing does not give you a "leg up" for other jobs within the county.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people trapped in a self deafeating system.

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    The quality of people that are co-workers and immediate bosses are of the highest caliber of people I have ever met.

    Cons

    Pay is well below what it should be
    Very Weak Teacher's Union
    Public School System being ran like a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your principles and teacher like human beings and not robots. Please Stop forcing meetings and unreasonable expectations on your employees with little or no reward. Dwindling benefits and lack of pay causes quality of instruction to fall and job satisfaction to be non-existent. What you are doing currently is not working. Try anything else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overall, a good experience despite not getting step raises for several years

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Good work environment (depending on the school); Opportunities for professional development; Great communities, students and parents; 10 month work schedule

    Cons

    Bureaucracy- Paperwork and hoops to jump through that aren't really beneficial

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Substitute Teacher

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedule, free time during day

    Cons

    Some student populations are unruly and some lesson plans are faulty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either allow substitute teachers with multiple years of service to have a rate increase or acquire benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Shoestring budget gets lots of bang for the buck

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Frederick County Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many motivated employees and excellent teachers. A few outstanding administrators. Well-respected by other counties in the state of Maryland. Forward-thinking and often cutting edge initiatives.

    Cons

    Budgets are a constant concern, with a largely conservative board of county commissioners holding the purse strings. Every year, teachers attend board meetings with their hats in hand begging for minimal raises. At the moment, FCPS pays the 4th lowest out of 24 school systems in the state. Teachers are expected to "make bricks without straw."

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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