Shelby County School District Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Great Entry level job for Non-Degreed Employees

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shelby County School District (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The main pro for this position is that you do not need a degree in order to fill the position. It is also a plus if you enjoy helping children and youth advance. The position in question allows you to work with/assist student(s) with multiple handicaps and/or special needs.

    Cons

    If you are looking for career advancement this will not be ideal.


  2. So so

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice co-workers in our department

    Cons

    Every job has its ups and downs


  3. Tired teacher

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shelby County School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-worker support and many opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    District micromanages teachers and spends too much money on new programs, new curriculum, new or revised teacher evaluations, new technology programs and the professional development to learn everything that has been changed. The money is spent on new programs and computer programs while elementary classes do not have any science or social studies books. Teachers evaluation scores throughout school system are lowered by administrators. Administrators are told by district to lower the scores. Employees at the board are not held accountable and make the job more difficult. School board policies are unclear.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on necessary materials. Social Studies and Science curriculum should be provided if it is expected to be taught. Hold employees at the board accountable. District wide curriculum plans should not be drafts and finalized before school has begun. Provide employee with handbooks. Support teachers instead of making it more difficult and harder.


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  5. Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Shelby County School District full-time

    Pros

    Paid Time off and holidays and summers off

    Cons

    Very Political; your chances off advancing are based on who you know. Overwhelming amount of needless paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on fly by night curriculum initiatives that you pay millions for and keep for only two years. it burdens the teachers and confuses the students.


  6. Ugh

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They work with you when it comes to personal situations

    Cons

    Favoritism, office gossip, attitude issues, lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow one employee to steal money from the department and when another employee brings it to your attention (Creswell), you terminate them 1 week late...seems like that should be a lawsuit.


  7. Teaching is a tough profession

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Especially in the inner-city schools, you know that you're really making a positive change in students' lives.

    Cons

    SCS policies change so frequently, that it is difficult to keep track. Expectations can often be unrealistic, as many higher-up leaders in the District have little or experience as educators. Like with teaching in many other parts of the country, your job boils down to a test score. Make the number and keep your job, or miss the mark and be up for termination.

    Advice to Management

    Help reduce the impact of high-stakes testing. Neither students nor teachers can be accurately represented by a single test score. It goes against everything we've known for years about education and childhood development.


  8. Good colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My Fellow teachers are great.

    Cons

    The district does not invest in the growth of its teachers The students usually perform below grade level


  9. Decent

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

    I worked at Shelby County School District full-time

    Pros

    Excellent PD Opportunities, great salary, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Dis-functional organization, lack of knowledgeable leaders


  10. Great Place to Work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Shelby County School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Even though we are a large school district, we strive to make everyone feel like family. We all work with one objective in mind and that is the students we serve and what is best for them.

    Cons

    Some management decisions leave the rest of the staff wondering who is in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Make it known to everyone what the vision is and why management is making the decisions that it's making.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Overworked and Under-appreciated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Second Grade Teacher
    Current Employee - Second Grade Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Shelby County School District full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to effect change in the community You'll most likely work with children who really need strong instructional strategies You WILL help students develop their skills and acquire useful knowledge if you prioritize them over school and district level responsibilities If you are hired at a school whose achievement scores are high you will usually not be subject to silly district policies or incessant, new initiatives

    Cons

    The district does NOT listen to its teachers Lazy and uncooperative teachers STILL keep their jobs as long as the school's overall ratings are high Your efforts will be judged by an evaluation system that (depending on your grade or subject) uses the student test data from other teachers' students to determine up to 50% of your evaluation score. And your income and job security will also be impacted by these scores. Everyone at the school level has little faith that the district has their teachers' or students' best interests in mind. Student and parent behavior. It can be a really depressing situation.

    Advice to Management

    Sleep, drink, pray. Just kidding. However, there should be a study conducted on SCS teachers about their high rate of anti-depressant usage. I am not kidding about this.



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