Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Reviews

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
44 Reviews
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44 Reviews
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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr
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  1.  

    I love my job. I feel supported and valued as a professional.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Walter Johnson High School has an amazing staff and faculty.

    Cons

    In a large school district, each school can have a very different atmosphere and philosophy.

    There is a lack of upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide career paths for teachers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Overall a good experience but limited growth if you are not a teacher.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Pros

    Benefits and family friendly environment, staff who care about students and work for the mission.

    Cons

    Poor facilities, few advancement opportunities, very hierarchical management structure, very bureaucratic.

  3.  

    Great kids!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Often, very interesting, engaged kids.
    Occasionally, flexible and supportive schools or programs.
    Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very competitive region, which means high-performing students and high expectations from parents. This isn't always bad, of course, except when everyone--students, teachers, parents--is constantly working at a high level of stress, and data points become the only thing that seems to matter to anyone.

    Programs and initiatives rolled out with little planning and even less training.

    Too great a push toward same-day, same-page; and all-honors classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rotate admin and central office personnel through different schools and positions, lest they become complacent, ineffective, or too far removed from the kids and the staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Cookie cutter teachers wanted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing and you have the summers off, but you don't get paid unless you volunteer to have money taken from your bi-weekly paycheck.

    Cons

    Communication trickles down and each school has a different dynamic that can really impact teacher's performance. You need to take continuous classes to enter different pay brackets. County standards and curriculums constantly change each year and no training is provided. No matter where you teach, being a teacher comes with isolation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the requirements of education majors - no classes in college applied to the real world of teaching. If you want to mainstream children, that's fine, but be sure your teachers are equipped for the challenge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Shocked at the level of ineptitude

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    students, parents, classroom, co-workers,

    Cons

    Communication and training is very poor. Common sense from administrators is lacking. Students and parents were wonderful. CT's and admin are ill equipped and lack knowledge of core curriculum. I was shocked. I am a 20 year vetern and expected the best. Unfortunately this was my worst experience of my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try seeking out talent rather than feeling threatened by experienced and good teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    OK place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The students and teachers are great to work with

    Cons

    Issues are not taken care of at all, they are just pushed to the side. Management has no vision for the future and changes policies day to day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education is about educating... Management is about managing, educate yourself in management please. The education classes you have taken are not helping you to be effective leaders or managers of people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pleasant and challenging place to work !

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Wonderful way to work and still be home for your children when they need you.

    Cons

    A person needs to be flexible to deal with different situations that may occur in the classroom. Most teachers are extremely helpful and leave really good plans for you to follow in the classroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have access to paid training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    There are many opportunities for employees without traditional teaching degrees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    MCPS offers a wide range of opportunities ranging from support services to high trained specialized academic instruction. It is easy to find a niche job that meets your background and interest. There are both full time and part time positions available at a wide range of locations throughout the county.

    Cons

    Each school has its own unique population and culture, so it is best to make sure that you are a good fit with that school. There is a lot of teamwork and the need to meet uniform standards, so any supplemental instruction on areas of personal knowledge or interest is hard to fit in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is imperative. A well organized and well planned day can make all the difference in achieving success. The teachers need to be more than just a few weeks ahead of the students in planning the instruction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good place to build an educational career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Pros

    Amazing educators doing tremendous work for students.

    Cons

    Current leadership jumps from one idea to another without coherent implementation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Special education

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

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked with some wonderful people who really care about the students. The programs and opportunities available for students with disabilities is impressive

    Cons

    Communication is not always clear between management and staff. The county is growing rapidly and special education always seems to get left behind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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