Garland Independent School District

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Updated April 5, 2015
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Garland Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Curtis Culwell, Ed.D.
Curtis Culwell, Ed.D.
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  1. Good support and dedicated teachers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garland Independent School District

    Pros

    There was support through the district for new hires. The school I was at had many dedicated teachers who had great attitudes. Workload was doable and curriculum was structured but left room for some creativity.

    Cons

    The district was starting to incorporate technology more but was behind compared to other districts in the area.

  2. Average

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    Former Employee - Instructional Specialist in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Instructional Specialist in Garland, TX

    I worked at Garland Independent School District

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of working in GISD was the pay. They pay their admin very well.

    Cons

    The worst part was dealing with district leadership who were often unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    The district needs to focus on children.

  3. They don't really have the students best interests in mind.

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    Former Employee - PAP English II Teacher in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - PAP English II Teacher in Garland, TX

    I worked at Garland Independent School District full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The students were some of the best students I have ever taught. They were very well behaved and very respectful.

    Cons

    During one of our planning meetings with a district curriculum advisor, he told me and the other PAP teachers that our students would be tested twice each six weeks and each semester in order to correct a mistake the district had made. When we told him that we didn't feel like our students should be punished for the districts mistakes, he told us that we could easily be replaced for questioning his authority.

    Advice to Management

    Let the good teachers teach. Quit over emphasizing data.

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  5. Be ready to work more than you've ever worked before

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School

    I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Love teaching when I am able to teach

    Cons

    So much behind the scenes goes in to working in public education. Overworked and under-paid.

  6. Speech Pathologist

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    Former Employee - Speech Pathologist in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Speech Pathologist in Garland, TX

    I worked at Garland Independent School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working with students of all ages!

    Cons

    Occasionally the caseloads were too big, but they provided assistance with another Therapist.

  7. Family atmosphere in a large, urban district.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Garland Independent School District

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people. Staff care about kids and each other. Even though it's the 12th largest district in the state, it's a very connected place.

    Cons

    Being that it is so big, some of the typical bureaucratic nonsense cannot be avoided. The district needs a systems overhaul to be more efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Groom your leaders and do it carefully. Choose the right people for key positions. Many people stay in GISD for a lifetime because the pay is good for K-12, so it's essential that good leaders are picked.

  8. Challenging district to work in

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    Former Employee - High School Science Teacher in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - High School Science Teacher in Garland, TX

    I worked at Garland Independent School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of courses available; the pay is fine compared to the area; the dedication of many of the teachers is wonderful.

    Cons

    Ineffective administration that can't motivate teachers or manage students. Inconsistency in policy interpretation from school to school. (At least at the high school level.)

    Advice to Management

    Consider a professional development scheme that other districts have, where teachers can choose their own menu of classes instead of sitting through all the same things every inservice, then dock pay at the end of the year if the required hours aren't met. It was quite old hearing the same thing over and over again, or hearing the next "big idea" that quickly fell by the wayside and was never used again. Good ideas were never fleshed out, and the basics were beaten to death.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Garland ISD treats substitute teachers poorly.

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Garland, TX

    I worked at Garland Independent School District (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are a substitute and you are treated poorly at a campus you don't have to return to that campus.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Substitutes are treated poorly. Very difficult to get even a long term elementary teaching position. Cannot log on to computers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting positions on the website that are not longer available. Treat substitute teachers with respect.

  10. Enjoy being off when the kids are out

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    Current Employee - Cafeteria Worker in Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Cafeteria Worker in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Being off work when the kids are

    Cons

    DON'T PAY WORTH A CRAP

    Advice to Management

    Try paying your workers more money or at least pay them correctly...what they actually work..don't like being paid in the summer...want to get paid for what we work

  11. A great experience

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Garland, TX

    I worked at Garland Independent School District part-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kids are great, usually have support

    Cons

    Limited positions, a bit of favoritism

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