Shelby County School District

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Shelby County School District Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
33 Reviews
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33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Strong points, but definitely areas that must be improved

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    • 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
  2.  

    Ok place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    Shelby County School District (Former Memphis City Schools)

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    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
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

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

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    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.

  7.  

    Both Administrative Offices and The Schools Are Horrendous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Shelby County School District full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good salary for starting out.

    Cons

    terrible benefits! all of your paycheck will go to it. Teach For America kids get the best equipment. Prejudice if you work in a predominantly white or mixed school. Our superintendent has NO education background and is a lawyer. He called education a business!!!! terrible work life balance for teachers, principals are concerned with only making themselves look good, to the point of TELLING you not to give people F's! This school system is run by bougie Deltas who were mean girls back in school and are now emulating their behavior in the work place. You won't move up unless you know someone or where the stupid red and white colors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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

    I worked at Shelby County School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shelby County School District

    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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle School Teacher

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

    I have been working at Shelby County School District full-time (more than an year)

    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
  11.  

    It's all in who you know...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Educator in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Educator in Memphis, TN

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

    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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