Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Superintendent Dr. Joshua Starr
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Pros
  • Great Benefits at a low cost compared to the private sector (in 4 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits, salaries can be competitive (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Administration can be top heavy, though I know they are working hard to change (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 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.

  2. Excellent Public School System

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. Being a substitute teacher for Montgomery county is only good because of the pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5. 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

  6. Great school district

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, and support.

    Cons

    Too many mid level administrators.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. MCPS not School Psychologist friendly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - School Psychologist (Non-specialist) in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - School Psychologist (Non-specialist) in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    For School Psychologists, experienced 12 month employees are some of the best compensated in the area with salaries topping $120K. There are a range of traditional and specialist psychologist roles in the program. MCPS is a giant employer and there are almost always openings. The health benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    Under current direction, the program has taken a really disappointing turn for the worse. Staff morale is at an all-time low. Experienced psychologists are jumping ship and the program started 2014-2015 with five vacancies because top candidates all went elsewhere. With the shift in contract year to 10months/20 days, MCPS starting salaries are no longer competitive. Interns choose not to practice here. The role of the school psychologist has narrowed and there is little time to do anything but test. Supervisory support and training opportunities are limited at best, but demands continue to grow. System stated values like Baldridge leadership style, focus on Social Emotional Learning and Culture of Respect are difficult to find in practice. Additionally, the system's union, MCEA, has not been responsive to psychologist concerns or advocated for increased staffing even when unanimously supported by teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management and the School Board need to listen to their profesionals and be responsive. A reputation doesn't last forever if it isn't supported with substance. Systems with much smaller budgets are investing more money in mental health services for students because it promotes learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. Solid opportunity for new teacher looking for success

    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    Very good salary for new teachers in MD
    Excellent support for a new teacher - you get a 'consulting teacher' who is assigned to you for your entire first year. Their job is to have you succeed. They provide planning days (with a sub) and site visits for you to develop your skills as a teacher.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to increase your pay substantially
    The perks for new teachers like sub days for planning and site visits are contingent on the budget

  9. Teacher

    • 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 Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland)

    Pros

    Great technology, great professional development, great schools

    Cons

    Teacher opinions don't matter- "contracts" broken all of the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Great people, too much unnecessary paperwork

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Educator
    Former Employee - Educator

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many of the educators are dedicated and willing to do what needs to be done to make sure the students are learning. You have the flexibility of trying different locations/schools if one doesn't work out for you. There are lots of avenues available for professional development.

    Cons

    Too many school-based meetings, most are irrelevant and are only held because it is written in the contract to hold a certain number of meeting hours. Too much paperwork that takes away from the actual teaching. Some schools need more input from teachers and less directives from administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer praises to your staff and not just areas of improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Too focused on testing

    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Much too focused on testing. Teachers under a lot of pressure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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