Garland Independent School District

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Garland Independent School District Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
11 Reviews

3.9
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Garland Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Curtis Culwell, Ed.D.
Curtis Culwell, Ed.D.
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  1.  

    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

    Pros

    Being off work when the kids are

    Cons

    DON'T PAY WORTH A CRAP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A great experience

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

    Pros

    Kids are great, usually have support

    Cons

    Limited positions, a bit of favoritism

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, low pay.

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    Former Employee - Campust Technology Assistant  in  Garland, TX
    Former Employee - Campust Technology Assistant in Garland, TX

    Pros

    Loved the atmosphere at almost all locations. Plenty of opportunities to learn more and grow in education. More than adequate vacation and sick time. Family oriented. Great job security.

    Cons

    Opportunities for career advancement very limited. Many feel promotions were given based on friendship rather than qualifications. Often a dead end position due to lack of opportunities. Pay was way too low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some money to pay your technology people more. This is the future and while they are not "teachers" they are teaching your teachers and staff to use the technology. They are making sure everything is running and should be paid accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An Excellent Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, fair hours, good communication

    Cons

    Occasional glitches with some software, but quickly fixed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great district even though it is a large one!

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Garland, TX

    Pros

    TONS of schools, which means TONS of teachers -- but you still feel connected and a part of the GISD family.
    Facilitators and Coordinators are very involved.

    Cons

    As a younger teacher, I am often asked to take on extra responsibilities on top of the MASSIVE amount of work I already have to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was rewarding and challenging to work with the students.

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

    Pros

    The staff is supportive of the substitute teachers. It can be quite challenging to teach middle school and high school students, but a very rewarding experience too. There is a retirement plan for the substitute teachers.

    Cons

    This is not a self-supportive income so you will need to get employed quickly as a teacher. You are not paid for holidays or summer break. This was a demanding job so you will need a healthy energy level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cost of obtaining a teacher certification was too expensive for me. It should be less costly to obtain a teacher certification.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Garland School District a Great Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Garland, TX

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, excellent technology and equipment provided for teaching

    Cons

    Lack of parent involvement is sometimes a hindrance to student achievement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more time for professional development of teachers.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Its a job

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Rowlett, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Rowlett, TX

    Pros

    Pay is competitive with other urban districts, the technology used in the classroom is up to date. The district provides alot of curriculum but the teachers still have flexibilty to choose their own daily activities. The district is perfoming much better than Dallas, despite having very similar problems to contend with. The pay decent and benefits are provided, but they could be much better. The students are diverse and you have an oppertunity to make an impact in the lives of some very neat kids. Every effort is made to insure that the all students are treated equally and meet their potential.

    Cons

    Little student disciplin. The school board will not allow the schools to take the steps needed to control the student population, and the results are open disrespect for the system on both ends (teachers and students). The district wants the schools to enforce some strict policies about dress code and cell phones, but comes down hard on them when they have too many in school suspensions ect. It makes no sense! The benefits suck!!! I pay over 350 a month for my end of an insurance plan that won't even kick in untill I pay an additional 500$ out of pocket per person, whats the point!!! That 350 doesn't include my spouse, adding him would be to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your teachers they way you tell them to treat students. Being openly disrespectful, condesending, and mistrustful of your teachers, over the intercom, where students can hear it is absolutly unacceptable. Don't allow student assemblies with questionable content and then scold teachers for saying "crap" in the classroom. Stop blaming the teachers for your failing management!

  10.  

    If you're assigned to a low-performing school, TAKS will be your focus.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Garland, TX

    Pros

    Commitment to continuing education and teacher development.

    Cons

    Serious discipline issues at some schools. At times, focus on TAKS performance is almost fanatical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less pressure about TAKS would make for a more pleasant environment for all.

  11.  

    It was a wonderful experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Considering the state of education around us it was a great place to work

    Cons

    Conditions were very school specific.

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