Shelby County School District

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Shelby County School District Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
28 Reviews

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  1.  

    Some individuals are exceptional, but the system itself is constrained to work within the "rules" of public education.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Helping children, having periodic breaks and holidays off, the ability to be creative in teaching.

    Cons

    An unfair, overwhelming, and completely stressful teacher evaluation system. Too much paperwork and / or computerwork expected of teachers in addition to all their teaching duties. Some leaders do everything to make themselves look better instead of helping and supporting teachers in doing their jobs more effectively. Many teachers have three, four and even more preps (courses to teach each semester) without extra planning time. There are many racially-biased employees and practices favoring African-Americans above all other racial and ethnic groups. Poor work-life balance--most teachers have to take work home every evening and on weekends. Everything is data-driven, to the exclusion of many aspects of teaching that can't really be measured bu testing data. Extreme emphasis on high-stakes standardized testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make life easier for those on the front lines--the teachers! Implement plans, procedures, programs, and teacher support materials that actually help and support the teachers, not just what will make you look better within in the school system, the state, or nation, or the world of education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My experience has been a learning experience for good and both reasons

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best reasons was interacting with students and how they would trust/confide in me before going to a principal or counselor.

    Cons

    The challenges was trying to make sure every assignment was completed and still wasn't appreciated for doing a good job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To appreciate and work with your employees. Make your employees feel comfortable speaking with you and help them to grow in the long run

  3.  

    It's all in who you know...

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    Current Employee - Educator  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Educator in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Teacher salaries for Shelby County Schools are the highest in west Tennessee. Your experience will all depend on the school you work in, some have wonderful leadership, others do not.

    Cons

    Salaries are frozen, work load is ridiculous, and the technology teachers have access to depends on the school. Leadership is awful, the school board has no backbone, and the superintendent has no education experience. Unless you know someone, you will be stuck in the classroom forever, no matter your degrees, certification, or training. The district is being taken over with charter schools and the Achievement School District. Benefits are outrageous!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the needs of your employees, follow through when you say you are only freezing salaries for one year, lower the pay of the superintendent of a shrinking school district, make school hours the same for all elementary, middle, and high schools, and be more transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Middle School Teacher

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    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Decent salary, school hours, vacation time

    Cons

    Disruptive, unruly children, irresponsible parents, bullying administrators, long hours grading and lesson planning outside of school and above all else (ensure your students make gains on the TCAP) no matter if they never attempt any classwork and both they and their parents have a total disregard for education. Even still, there are a few students/ parents who truly value education. So, if you must, do it for them.

    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Poorly managed by an out of date bureacracy

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    Current Employee - Science Teacher  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Science Teacher in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    The compensation for teaching is the highest in the area, and the school district is always in need of high demand jobs like math and science teachers

    Cons

    There is no support in the growth of teachers. Teachers are told what they are doing wrong, but administration do not give you a path to become a better teacher. The district is on the side of old, tenured teachers, who for the most part, should no longer be teaching, are lazy and cause the whole school building to fall into chaos because students act a fool inside and outside of their rooms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of teachers that do not buy in with school culture. They will continue to drag the school down with them and their failing test scores. Everyone in a school needs to be on the same page academically and especially behaviorly, or students start to run the school. No learning can happen if that is the case

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Shelby County School District Update

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Since the merger of the original, highly rated Shelby County School District, with the mainly failing Memphis City Schools (Memphis gave up their charter), there are no pros that I can identify.

    Cons

    Glassdoor needs to update the profile. The superintendent that is currently listed has not been the superintendent for over a year. Instead the district (which merged with failing Memphis City schools in the summer of 2013) has a lawyer as superintendent with no educational background. His philosophy is (and I quote) 'We are a business, with an education component.' He is surrounding himself with other business people, and none on his cabinet after June 30th has actual teaching experience.

    Politics rule, intimidation is the norm, and no where are the student's interests considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't Work In an Administrative office.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate

    Pros

    -EASY EASY EASY to take time off if needed
    -Some really nice employees
    -Fabulous Work Life Balance

    Cons

    -Cliquish, full of hypocritical behavior
    -No room for growth
    -Terrible office culture; you are your position.
    - Higher ups behave unprofessionally at times.
    -Only those who suck up aren't constantly hovered over
    -Credit for your ideas are taken without shame
    -Lazy higher ups who get paid nearly six figures.
    -EVERYONE is super religious protestant christian, and no one has qualms about assuming you are too. prepare to be outcasted if you belong to another sect of Christianity or aren't religious at all.
    -You are compensated poorly for having a bachelor's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great job, rough schools, and some occasional bad administrations

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    *Pretty decent pay for pretty much babysitting students (elementary, middle, and high)= $98.06/day
    *Most administrators are very appreciative to have you at their schools
    *Flexibility in days worked and schools

    Cons

    *Disrespectful, insubordinate students
    *Shady administrators
    *Finding the best job each day

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Run as fast as you can in the opposite direction

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    The pay is ok but do not expect raises.

    Cons

    You are not treated like a professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very unorganized and unsupported.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Memphis, TN

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, fulfilling to work with children.

    Cons

    Pay has decreased, terrible benefits, too many changes every time you turn around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask employees for more input into helping the students

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