Norfolk Public Schools Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. I loved working for Dr. Clark and Mr. Zitt, at Azalea Gardens Middle School.

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    Former Employee - Latin Teacher
    Former Employee - Latin Teacher

    I worked at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I was held to a high standard but I was trusted to do my job to the best of my ability. The leadership was professional and helpful. I miss working in such a warm facility.

    Cons

    I was rarely observed and wanted a little more help with growing to become a better teacher.

  2. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools

    Pros

    Very few good kids to teach

    Cons

    Bad kids, obnoxious parents, terrible administrators

  3. It has definitely been an experience and not necessarily a good one!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Me personally, I can take off when I want to, but that doesn't go for every other departments

    Cons

    Hiring from within the company is rare. Too many part time opportunities and you don't get any raises!

    Advice to Management

    Management should review employees for raises and advancement opportunities!

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  5. Started off bad, but got better

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    Former Contractor - Teacher, Elementary School in Norfolk, VA
    Former Contractor - Teacher, Elementary School in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Public Schools as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits and hours. Good comraderie among teachers. Great experiences for teacher improvement with workshops.

    Cons

    No support as a new teacher. Felt like I was "thrown" to the wolves. Spent off time working on school related projects. Poor management my last year.

  6. Dependable

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    Current Employee - Bus Attendant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Bus Attendant in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I love working with the kids

    Cons

    Artistic kids and some just behavior problems

  7. The worst school system in the tidewater area.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting some of the people that you work with is one good thing. Holidays and summer vacation

    Cons

    Pay is not good, no advancement unless you want to teach or become an administrator, administration doesnt hold kids or parents accountable, class sizes too large, no support from some principals

    Advice to Management

    Dont do it, No career advancement

  8. Good colleagues, iffy administration

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time-off policies and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Teachers are left out of the loop.

    Advice to Management

    Share important information with employees in a TIMELY manner, especially when it comes to safety and continuation of employment.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Teachers are expendable and students are treated as numbers.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really good, caring teachers.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary for the amount of time and energy required to be successful.
    Teachers are undervalued and opinions are not heard.
    Administration sweeps problems under the rug and looks for a convenient fall guy.
    Teachers are held responsible for student poor behavior and grades.
    Many of the students simply do not care about education and are disrespectful and out of control in class.
    Teachers are told they are expendable and are not allowed to ask questions or point out requirements.
    It's all about the test scores (accreditation and funding) and not enough about the students.
    Teachers are told to get students to simply memorize information long enough to pass a standardized rather than to think about it critically, analyse it, and really understand it.
    Lack of technology and resources.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't change you are going to end up losing all of your good teachers who really care and wind up with just the ones who are there for a paycheck.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Working for Norfolk public schools has been a miserable experience.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Long winter break. Summer off.

    Cons

    No planning time for teachers. Horrible behavior problems and low student performance with little administrative support.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the Smart boards before spending any more money on text book packages that rely on that technology. Get some reading interventionists/specialists. Give teachers adequate planning time. Design a curriculum and have teachers follow it instead of expecting them to be able to design their own curriculum, pre tests, post tests, and interventions with no support during the two days we are given planning time. In our school, we are only allowed to plan on two days a week for an hour and a half. The other three days we are in our classrooms teaching for four hours straight in the afternoon with no breaks (for teachers or students). It is grueling, especially for the lower grades.

  11. Review of Norfolk Public Schools

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    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good teachers, smart and talented students, good staff.

    Cons

    Some bad students.
    Uneven enforcement of school uniform policy.

    Advice to Management

    Support the teachers.

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