Lake Washington School District

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Lake Washington School District Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was very informative and educational

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lake Washington School District

    Pros

    Great teachers and the subjects were right on

    Cons

    There was no cons I can think of.

  2.  

    Pushy Parents

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District

    Pros

    Great staff and great kids.

    Cons

    Parents are pushy and entitled. District bends to pressure from parents, no matter how ridiculous the request. HR is awful!

  3.  

    Elementary Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All teachers have great technology to use in classes both for presentation and student use. Each teacher receives $2,000 a year to be used for classroom supplies. There are lots of opportunities to continue your education. It is a big district with lots of opportunity to try out new roles.

    Cons

    Parents can sometimes disregard teacher opinion, despite it being an unbiased and professional one. The new evaluation system is a bit over the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees instead of relying too heavily on the new PGE system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job.....and I am thankful for it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The district office does allow the independent school sites - its principals - to have a major influence on who they hire for the schools. Because of this, the staff in our schools, for the most part, is amazing! The certified and classified staff members are amazingly talented individuals that work together to create a great learning environment for our kids. Working with the talented staff in our schools keeps people wanting to come to work.

    Cons

    The district office, the Administration, in Redmond, is so full of bureaucrats and egos it is amazing anything gets done. The left hand in any given department really has no idea what the right hand is doing! It is so far away from understanding the actual daily events that occur in our school classrooms and school offices, it is scary. It amazes so many of us that anything gets done down at the district office.

    Theory and practice are two completely different things.

    It is truly difficult to advance if you are interested in moving to another position. There are no increases in salary other than the few cents you are allowed based on what union you belong to and how long you have worked within the district. Positions become available but chances are you won't be considered because some one else was already chosen before the opening was posted. So, regardless of your qualifications if there is already a candidate chosen, the district goes through the motions to keep within the Union guidelines, but it ends up being a waste of your time.

    The school board and those involved with union negotiations has little respect for its classified staff members. In every union negotiation the district has ignored, bullied and dismissed classified union members requests to a living wage. The general attitude is classified staff are "moms" getting out of the house for a few hours a day" or staff members that never went to college or got a decent education. Many, many classified staff members hold bachelors or masters and chose not to become certified teachers.

    The certified staff on the West coast in general are terribly underpaid compared to their East coast counterparts. Why is it ok that someone at Google or Microsoft makes $200k year, while certified and classified staff barely make ends meet? We work with the most precious of "commodities" I know of: children.

    Many certified and classified staff members have "summer" jobs to help with the costs of living in the Seattle area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education has become a business. It is down to what our district looks like on paper now. Staff support is superficial. The connection between the Administrators of the district and what is actually happening in the classrooms has become detached.

    Support your frontline staff members - those in the "trenches" - the classrooms, the school offices dealing with parents on a daily basis. These are things that need attention now. And would be so greatly appreciated.

    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great passionate people

    Current Employee - Substitute Clerical Staff in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Substitute Clerical Staff in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    In some jobs, pay is lower than private sector

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Instructional Asst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not enough time to work in depth with individual students

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treated like an extra

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Classified Staff Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Classified Staff Employee in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    outstanding place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District

    Pros

    supportive community, well educated population and resources

    Cons

    Increasing expectations on buildings to maintain high levels of achievement

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor communication from the top down; constantly increasing workload

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Empathize. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend

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