Shelby County School District

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Shelby County School District Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was okay. I overall enjoyed it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist

    I have been working at Shelby County School District

    Pros

    Wonderful supervisor and benefits package for a full time single woman. I especially enjoyed having an accessible supervisor to help.

    Cons

    Sometimes there were not enough hours to complete all work before deadlines, or incomplete paperwork being submitted in student files. However, every school district has this and it is standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase time available for planning and paperwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Times Have Changed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Shelby County School District full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You want to make a difference in children's lives, good health coverage options, competitive salary in comparison with nearby states/counties

    Cons

    Less support than there used to be, very fractured system, seems like it's each school for itself and not there to work together, very different cultures in each school, vindictive school board who doesn't value its teachers. This used to be one of the best districts in the state/country. It has changed drastically in the last several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support and encourage the teachers you have; better and more effective professional development opportunities; put the money to better use

    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Shelby County School District

    Pros

    Management are talented and helpful

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong points, but definitely areas that must be improved

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Shelby County School District (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are individuals who have the heart for the students, but there are so many in it just for a check or to sound like they have it all figured out, that it cancels out the pros. The pay is pretty decent. Sick leaves are more than available (too many teachers take advantage of these quite too frequently).

    Cons

    They expect teachers to jump through ridiculous hoops in order to meet state standards, but don't provide nearly the amount of resources nor class sizes to make it possible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ok place to work.

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

    I have been working at Shelby County School District

    Pros

    You are getting a check

    Cons

    No real opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and quit hiring friends and family. Hire based off of credentials and expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "Thrown in the fire" after becoming Highly Qualified and meeting NCLB standards

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Instructional Resource Teacher/Paraprofessional in Memphis, TN
    Former Contractor - Instructional Resource Teacher/Paraprofessional in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Shelby County School District as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You really want to help the families, community, and city, and the feel of "fighting the good fight" is a good feeling, albeit is hard for administrators to acknowledge teachers holding the highest accountability than ever before...

    Cons

    Administrative indifference, lack of care, and horrible supervision as well as mentoring, making Shelby County Schools one of the most corrupt school systems in the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know who is really "fighting the good fight," find foundations for non-tenured teachers, so the "at risk" schools will not have a staff turnover rate worse than a fast food chain restaurant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Instructional Resource Teacher (Inclusion Teacher "Thrown in the Bureaucratic Crossfire" with NO MENTORING my first year

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Special Education Teacher/Paraprofessional in Memphis, TN
    Former Contractor - Special Education Teacher/Paraprofessional in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Shelby County School District as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You really are doing a noble cause, working "at risk" schools, as well as professional development programs to aid Sped Teachers and their Inclusion and Support Hours of their said caseloads, yet, if you are at a school where the principal and favoritism go hand-in-hand, due to teacher and staff (and sometimes students' and parents') genders, sexual orientations, and/or preexisting conditions they seem "aren't the right fit," which totally defies EEOC standards, administrator(s) will find a way to "non-reelect" you, causing a financial crisis in your life. These certain Memphis S.C.S. administrators, who come from "hard-nosed," outdated teaching techniques while they taught in the 1970s-1990s that enabled a huge deficit between "advantaged" and "disadvantaged" student gaps, resulting in N.C.L.B. and more teacher accountability, have ruined Memphis City Schools, as seen by suburbs wanting their own municipalities and not being part of bureaucratic corruption at its finest. Memphis has 28/30 schools in the state that are run by the A.S.D (Achievement School District), state-run facilities and more "at risk" schools will become part of the A.S.D. if Present Levels of Performances and Minority and Non-Minority gaps do not improve. New, innovative, technological, phonemic awareness, as well as solid Common Core alignments and co-teacher cohesion must be present, and I have been around administrators who use these said techniques. As a result, these principals' said schools are preforming quite well, yet there is so much more that needs to improve from many other schools. STOP BLAMING THE TEACHERS BECAUSE THE CORRUPTION COMES FROM THE TOP AND THESE SAID CORRUPTIONS ALIGN WITH ADMINISTRATORS' DECISIONS TO TELL NON-TENURED TEACHERS THAT THEY ARE "...NOT THE RIGHT FIT." I have been lied to, wrongly accused, by certain Sped Supervisor and Principal and there is a reason why their days are numbered, not mine.

    Cons

    Where do I start? We have a lawyer as a Superintendent because of over 2,000 lawsuits a year filed by teachers and staff for despicable wrongdoings that are, in fact, self-reflections of the administrations own wrongdoings. It's sick! And who are to lose here? The people who are in the "trenches," fighting tooth and nail for a proper education no matter what socio-economic community and/or situation any student and parent are in: the teachers, aids, parents, kids, even bus drivers, are thrown in the, "trash heap," and the, "turnover rate," at failing schools are worse than cheap chain restaurants. It's saddening because our school system gets so much federal money, and yet Memphis is at the BOTTOM of education here in Tennessee and, most likely, retains one of the worst school systems in the nation. These situations have been like this for decades,and new teachers, students, parents, etc., INNOCENT PEOPLE are blamed for corruptions from the top. THIS MUST STOP NOW! FACTS ARE FACTS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corruption must stop! The top must be thoroughly accounted for, and evaluations must take precedence to administrators and the Board of Education, not teachers, teacher assistants, and bus drivers for goodness sake. God Help Shelby County Schools!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Shelby County School District (Former Memphis City Schools)

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

    I have been working at Shelby County School District

    Pros

    I have enjoyed the people that I have met working for the former Memphis City Schools. They are concerned about the status of the Education profession.

    Cons

    Politicians have taken over the decision making in the profession of Teaching. They are more concerned about test scores than making students that fit the community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should listen to the people who work with the students everyday. The teaching profession should be valued more by society as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I truly enjoyed teaching with the Shelby County School system.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shelby County School District

    Pros

    The administrators work with you to help you become even better at teaching. Teachers share ideas that work for them and most people are very helpful.

    Cons

    The evaluation process is confusing and extremely lengthy. You can't concentrate on teaching for trying to make sure you cover every bullet from the evaluation rubric.

  11.  

    The system was great until they merged with Memphis City Schools. After that, the entire system went downhill.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shelby County School District

    Pros

    Pay is great compared to other states. Most schools are equipped with technology.

    Cons

    The work day extends well beyond the end of the school day. There is a lot of "good ol' boy" attitudes floating around the district.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the teachers who are in the classrooms & doing the grunt work every day.

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