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Howard County Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 29, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
24 Reviews

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  1.  

    Being a teacher has its pros and cons...

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Howard County Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Howard County is a great school system to work for. They have decent entry level pay with great benefits. I really enjoyed working in such a supportive work environment at my school.

    Cons

    Work life balance as a teacher was quite difficult. Not enough time is given for planning lessons. Updates to certain schools are a necessity as well as making sure that teachers have access to new technology to use in the classroom. More money should be provided to teachers (especially in an elementary school) to purchase necessary items for the classroom. The new Common Core Curriculum is too rigorous for little ones yet not rigorous enough for older students. Having to prove that you are an effective teacher by writing up reports and submitting artifacts for SLO's takes away too much time from planning effective lessons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give teachers more time for planning, provide more support for 1st year teachers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great staff and students in Howard County

    Current Employee - Substitute  in  Clarksville, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute in Clarksville, MD

    I have been working at Howard County Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, great student base for the most part.

    Cons

    Only OK pay. Need to know management to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  3.  

    Love working in this school system

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    Current Employee - Paraeducator  in  Ellicott City, MD
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Ellicott City, MD

    I have been working at Howard County Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working with elementary school age children is very rewarding, and co-workers are consummate professionals. School leadership at my school is excellent; administration is hands-on. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Leadership st the BOE has changed hands in the past several years, and is somewhat contentious at this time. Salaries are decent, though several adjoining counties have better pay scales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening more to your teachers requests for more time and money. We don't want to lost good teachers to other school systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    I feel that Howard County is a professional work evironment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Howard County Public Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Curriculum is up to date.

    Cons

    It is a very large county.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be sure to always be approachable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment and coworkers

    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting

    I worked at Howard County Public Schools as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Friendly coworkers always willing to lend a hand. Occasional birthday parties/team building activities are a nice perk.

    Cons

    Lots of noisy cubes. Building is very old and needs to be updated. At times it seems there may be animosity between different departments when they should all work together.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Very interesting assignments

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Ellicott City, MD
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Ellicott City, MD

    I worked at Howard County Public Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet and inter-eact with a lot of people and work on a broad range of subjects

    Cons

    No real cons to speak of

  8.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard County Public Schools

    Pros

    Community, Salary, Professional Development, Resources, Support

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations to complete the job within the time period given

  9.  

    Central Office

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard County Public Schools

    Pros

    Very good benefits, excellent system reputation (at least in the past), good salary, committed and dedicated employees,

    Cons

    overall toxic environment, no one knows what to expect or what's expected of them, most think current strategy is to 'silence' anyone who might have an idea (another opinion)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although there appears to be a plan for schools, not one person seems to have a clue what's happening in administration.... Have and communicate a vision and plan for moving forward?

  10.  

    Good Math Support

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Howard County Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a math teacher, the central office secondary mathematics is very supportive in creating resources for teachers to use. Although they're still in the beginning stages of collecting lots of resources, it's a good start.

    Great benefits too.

    Cons

    HR takes forever to process and return questions about anything. I don't see much growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nurse

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    Former Employee - Cluster Nurse  in  Ellicott City, MD
    Former Employee - Cluster Nurse in Ellicott City, MD

    I worked at Howard County Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary.
    A lot of dedicated cluster nurses.

    Cons

    Incompetent Nurse Supervisors - Health Specialists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent Nurse Supervisors

    Disapproves of CEO

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