Hawaii State Department of Education

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Hawaii State Department of Education Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Secondary Math Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Supportive parents, great kids, aloha culture

    Cons

    Much of Hawaii is blue-collar/union minded, so it can be difficult to get parents on-board with the idea of college-readiness (particularly with mathematics). Also, pay for Hawaii teachers is among


  2. Better off teaching somewhere else...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You live in Hawaii, but that can also be a con if you're family is on the mainland.

    Cons

    Large, state-wide district, can be difficult to deal with the top heavy bureaucracy of the DOE. Rural schools are left in the dust as far as funding and needs. 10 years working with them leaves me wanting to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Pay teachers enough to afford rent in your state. Give rural schools more autonomy to make their own decisions - Molokai, Lanai, and Hana are not the same as Honolulu or Kahalui. Create alternate paths to certification for certain positions. Saw a great teacher quit and leave a school with no building and construction classes because he wasn't a licensed teacher and his 3 year probation was up. However, he was licensed contractor with 20 years of experience, was well respected by the community and students, and did well with the kids who wanted to go into construction - which is a large % of our rural school community. Stop wasting teacher's time with superfluous meetings that won't change what the real issues are affecting student outcomes.


  3. Moving into my second year...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interact with rich culture and talented, multi-faceted students

    Cons

    Culture of compliance; heavy regulations make it difficult for teachers to play to their strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Dialogue with teachers with the intention of acting on their feedback.


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  5. Hawaii DOE is very poorly organized and politics get in the way of student needs

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Mililani Town, HI
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Mililani Town, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job security and benefits make this state job desirable. If you find the right school/position with a good, supportive administrator, this job could provide job stability and longievity

    Cons

    Most often, the wrong people are in upper administrative positions making the Hawaii school system a failing system. Funding often gets in the way of student needs.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  6. SPED Teacher

    Current Employee - SPED Teacher in Hilo, HI
    Current Employee - SPED Teacher in Hilo, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a Friendly environment

    Cons

    There is too much Political drama

    Advice to Management

    Return to the classroom


  7. Every School is Different

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    Former Employee - Reading Specialist, Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Reading Specialist, Teacher in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Climate of most schools are generally friendly and collaborative

    Cons

    State initiatives sometimes interfere with focus and quality of instruction

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication with teachers at school level


  8. Part time teacher, MEP Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Wonderful place to start if you are interested in teaching.

    Cons

    Teachers should be paid more.


  9. Substitute Teacher

    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Honokaa, HI
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Honokaa, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Faculty and Students amazing. Interesting and versatile work. Love being able to teach K-12. Love my community!

    Cons

    With a graduate degree and teaching experience, I cannot teach permanently because I do not have a degree in education.

    Advice to Management

    Try to find ways to support your good substitute teachers and we will stick around.


  10. part time teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Waianae, HI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Waianae, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best part is the m-f schedule. The kids get attached to you also. Good pay especially for part time.

    Cons

    The hr part is horrible. Took a month to get my first check and they misspelled my first and last name.

    Advice to Management

    It is for the kids, but as far as paying employees on time tbey are lacking.


  11. Subsitute Teacher

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Wahiawä, HI
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Wahiawä, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, well defined job objectives. Wonderful children and staff, very easy to work for.

    Cons

    sometimes no substitute plans available



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