Lake Washington School District
3.4 of 5 9 reviews
www.lwsd.org Redmond, WA

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Great passionate people

Substitute Clerical Staff (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at Lake Washington School District part-time for more than a year

ProsThe employees of LWSD are smart, passionate and respectful. They are dedicated to what matters - the students!

ConsIn some jobs, pay is lower than private sector

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Look elsewhere if you want to be fully supported as a teacher

Teacher (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lake Washington School District full-time

ProsMany of the teachers, students, and parents are great.

ConsSome of the parents, students, and administrators have a very negative view of teachers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Instructional Assistant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lake Washington School District part-time for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent opportunity to assist Teachers and Staff in providing quality education to students

ConsNot enough time to work in depth with individual students

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Treated like an extra

Classified Staff Employee (Current Employee)
Kirkland, WA

I have been working at Lake Washington School District full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThere are some great staff members in the schools; kids are great.

ConsYou MUST join the Union. There is a HUGE attitude difference between Teachers (Certified employees) and non certified staff (classified staff - secretaries, speech pathologists, janitors, aides, secretaries). And the district plays a "good old boys" club. Teachers are treated with respect' classified staff not professionally trained like speech pathology/ therapists - but aids, secretaries, office assistants -[ are treated terribly. There is no living wage, the Unions are a J.O.K.E. Administration treats you like you are stupid, even though you might have a Masters. And many classified staff employees do. You are not encouraged to grow or given opportunities for advancement.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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outstanding place to work

Principal (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at Lake Washington School District

Prossupportive community, well educated population and resources

ConsIncreasing expectations on buildings to maintain high levels of achievement

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Poor communication from the top down; constantly increasing workload

Elementary Teacher (Former Employee)
Redmond, WA

I worked at Lake Washington School District

Pros- To make a difference teaching kids
- Opportunity to use current technology in the classroom, thanks to voters passing tech levies and having Microsoft campus in middle of district
- Most schools have been or are in process of being upgraded (thanks again to levies)
- Chance to work with fantastic teachers, especially the veterans
- Decent benefits, though they are slipping away each year with bad economy
- Optional district training courses are paid by the district
- Super-supportive teacher association (LWEA) is probably best in the state

Cons- Workload increased to unmanageable levels during the past two years
- Superintendent has been weeding out the best principals (who truly care about and support their teachers) for the past three years, replacing them with inexperienced "yes people" who don't push back to unreasonable mandates
- Admin views children as data points, and test scores are only goal that matters (follows national trend)
- Supe has made it clear through words and actions that he does not value veteran teachers, and is eager to replace them with cheap, fresh hires, hurting kids but boosting bottom line
- District continuously heaps new tech onto already overloaded teachers (because they have so much tech-designated money), yet never sticks with any software/hardware long enough for teachers to become truly proficient
- Ridiculously cumbersome "professional evaluation" system requires teachers to perform busy work just to satisfy principal's requirements to collect evidence
- No feedback system in place for teachers to evaluate principals (best practices)
- Training courses, while paid, are mostly lame or not pertinent/timely to teachers' needs
- Valuable "LEAP" time with building/region staff is typically squandered by doing busy work and working on nebulous "continuous improvement plan" while ignoring reality of real classroom problems that need to be addressed

Advice to Senior ManagementEmpathize. Teach a real class in a real classroom for one month. Open your eyes and ears to the real needs of children and teachers and understand that the end products are human beings, not widgets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Really depends on which dept. You are working in here!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Redmond, WA

I have been working at Lake Washington School District

ProsExcellent benefits! Some very nice people.

ConsManagement promotes favorites instead of who would do the best job or who deserves the promotion. Very little room to grow. Low salaries. Depends on who your boss is on how you are treated and if you are constantly micromanaged or actually allowed to do your job.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees the same. New salary levels were VERY poorly done.

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Great at the school level; challenging District office

Teacher (Former Employee)

I worked at Lake Washington School District full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStudent Centered
Collaborative Vision
Good Salary and benefits
Wonderful collegues

ConsLots of great vision, incomplete or under-supported follow through
Challenges with equity and parity in across district schools and programs, particularly with resources, facilities and support

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good

Substitute Teacher (Current Employee)

I have been working at Lake Washington School District

Prosjobs managed on-line, work at your convenience

Conssome days you're just a babysitter

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the teachers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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