Garland Independent School District

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Garland Independent School District Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
13 Reviews
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Garland Independent School District Superintendent of Schools 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

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

    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.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    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 for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Kids are great, usually have support

    Cons

    Limited positions, a bit of favoritism

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great atmosphere, low pay.

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

    I worked at Garland Independent School District full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  8.  

    An Excellent Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garland Independent School District part-time

    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

    I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  10.  

    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

    I worked at Garland Independent School District

    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
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  11.  

    Garland School District a Great Place to Work!

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

    I have been working at Garland Independent School District

    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

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