Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

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Updated June 29, 2015
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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers
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Pros
  • Great Benefits at a low cost compared to the private sector (in 4 reviews)

  • Wonderful way to work and still be home for your children when they need you (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Most teachers are extremely helpful and leave really good plans for you to follow in the classroom (in 8 reviews)

  • Two special education programs have recently been phased out or closed despite parent and community protest (in 2 reviews)

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  1. paraeducator

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    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Paraeducator in Rockville, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good for schools. There are high expectations for students.

    Cons

    Always budget cuts and how much you like your job is school specific.

    Advice to Management

    Let teachers teach without constant observation. Allow teachers to form own unique style.


  2. Special Education Teacher

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, fair to good work environment, hours are perfect for working mothers, educational programs to further education available with reimbursement

    Cons

    Pay, long hours,middle management type as lead teacher in special education program

    Advice to Management

    Increased pay would attract professional and long term candidates and insure students receive quality education.


  3. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Union, diversity of students and community, resources

    Cons

    "It's always been this way attitude", staff non-diversity and cultural competance


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  5. Mathematics Substitute Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Mathematics Teacher in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Substitute Mathematics Teacher in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love to teach mathematics to kids who have limited skills in the field of mathematics

    Cons

    realistically , I don't see downsize, I Have to say the job was only part-time and I wish it
    was pamanent.

    Advice to Management

    I Hope management would give more time to substitute teaching, because the students need a lot of teaching to improve their skills in Mathematics.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Teacher

    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, diversity of students is nice. If you want your elementary age student to go to a magnet program they will enjoy the scenic bus ride to the poorly performing schools in their shiny new buildings.

    Cons

    Every new administrator I've seen has for the last 4 years chooses to avoid problems then deal with them. Students are rarely held accountable, teachers are poorly supported. Everything is a numbers game designed to create the illusion of "closing the gap" by lowering standards. Classrooms are copy centers (group based learning) with no deadlines (more opportunities for students success) where any student can earn 50-100% on any assignment even when answers are 100% wrong (that's how they closed the gap while simultaneously increasing class sizes). Teacher planning time is sucked dry by endless meetings/training that is undifferentiated by skill level. No support for new teachers (sink or swim)

    Advice to Management

    Take surveys of teacher and start firing administrators who universally recognized as incompetent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Special Education Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Some good co teachers; pay

    Cons

    Micromanagement; Heavy administrative involvement; Student discipline poor


  8. Helpful (2)

    Supportive and friendly people

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Pros

    There are a decent amount of training/professional development opportunities and the people you work with are great. There are also a lot of different locations within the school system with differing positions.

    Cons

    There were times when there were not enough staff members to handle the amount/type of work that needed to be addressed.


  9. Excellent Public School System

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Special Education in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher, Special Education in Bethesda, MD

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    MCPS provides above average salaries to teachers with bachelors, masters and beyond. There are many paid opportunities for professional growth and the sick and personal days, above and beyond school holidays, are generous.

    Cons

    Too many meetings/trainings that take time away from lesson planning to meet student needs. The demographics are changing in the county -- the top-down directive to meet the needs of the ESOL and Special Ed students is taking away too much focus from the average students.


  10. Being a substitute teacher for Montgomery county is only good because of the pay.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    the pay, you can make your own schedule, lots of job opportunities during the week, kids are generally good

    Cons

    the different administrative styles at each school can make or break your experience. Some schools are better than others.

    Advice to Management

    Treat substitute teacher with more respect. It can be a very tough job


  11. Positive experience as my first teaching job.

    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and co workers. Pay is higher than surrounding counties. Lots of locations to work at. Many opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Curriculum is very jammed packed and there is pressure to teach to the test. Class size is farily large. Adminstration does not support disciplining of studens.

    Advice to Management

    As much as is reasonable support the teachers in their positions. Continue professional development. Encourage work-life balance. Try to remember the teachers have the main contact with parents and students so they have a good handle on the needs of the constituents of the school.



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