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Albuquerque Public Schools New Mexico Reviews

Updated January 5, 2017
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Pros
  • The opportunity to "make a difference" in children's lives (in 2 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, depends on who you work for, what department, etc (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • It appears to be much like other very large school systems; is very top heavy (in 3 reviews)

  • The school district pays low salaries (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Just Ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a substitute, my schedule was very flexible.

    Cons

    The pay was very low and there was no clear communication with management.


  2. "Substitute Teacher"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    It has flexibility in hours and days.

    Cons

    The pay is not very good.


  3. "They try, but there are systemic problems"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Staffer in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Human Resources Staffer in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had some coworkers who were kind, friendly and truly tried to do their best for the employees, knowing that in the end, the students would benefit from happy employees. Benefits and salary are good for Albuquerque.

    Cons

    They have a very hard time getting rid of problem employees. Supervisors don't seem to want to take the time to document and address problems so that there is enough evidence to terminate, and occasionally, someone says they can't terminate an employee even when all of the documentation is there. It's REALLY bad for morale. There is no progression plan, training opportunities are minimal, and the constant budget cuts definitely take their toll on administrative staff. Also, the administration building is shut down between Christmas and New Year and no one can work, but exempt employees are required to take leave to cover these days or accrue enough extra hours (overtime) to cover these days. I'm pretty sure that's illegal.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone and get rid of problem employees. Find a way to reward and encourage current staff even if you can't give raises.


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  5. "Teaching with APS"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are a teacher, the pros are working with the students and having time off in the summer.

    Cons

    Poor and inconsistent management and leadership, poor pay, low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, change the atmosphere and working conditions to encourage retention.


  6. "educational ast for spedcial ed behavior kids"

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    Former Employee - Educational Assistant, APS in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Educational Assistant, APS in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great working with elementary kids especially the special ed behavior kids I really enjoyed.. aps has good hours and is a very good company to work for

    Cons

    sometimes the principal has issues


  7. "Teaching / Educational Support at APS"

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    Former Employee - Dean of Students/Technology Coordinator/Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Dean of Students/Technology Coordinator/Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In my experience as a Dean of Students and Technology Coordinator, the administrators, support programs, and professional development were excellent. In addition to communicating clear accountability criteria, the collaboration, professionality, flexibility, and kindness displayed made my tenure there a positive experience.

    Cons

    In recent years, NM State Educational leadership has overemphasized standardized testing as an accountability criteria, which not only impinges on the success of students but teachers as well. This is a trend I hope to see corrected---

    Advice to Management

    Keep emphasizing and integrating current research on best practices in teaching and learning within school programs and reforms. This would include rigor, relevance, and relationship; project/problem-based learning, integrated learning across the curriculum, real-world applications of learning, and collaboration on all levels (classroom, school, and community).


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overwork and underutilize their teachers and therapists"

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    Former Employee - SLP in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - SLP in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good communities within the schools, great SLP peers, decent electronic paperwork system, some worthwhile trainings, and can't beat a school schedule

    Cons

    low pay, waaaay too many administrators, lots of backstabbing and nepotism in senior admin. constantly exceeding or even doubling of my caseload with no support, and zero interest in thinking outside the box. Terrible morale.


  9. "Special Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Albuquerque Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Higher pay per hour
    High fidelity
    Required programs provide training and monitoring and materials
    If used wisely, data can support your quality work as an educator

    Cons

    Not as many paid hours as other districts
    Less autonomy
    Mandatory programs decrease flexibility and trust
    Sometimes, your quality work is done despite the implementation of mandatory programs

    Advice to Management

    Trust those you higher to be knowledgable
    Use discernment, rather than regulations, to insure quality education choices
    Allow for integrity of instruction, rather than focusing on fidelity


  10. "My experience was a positive"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Helping Special Education students succeed and watching them improve.
    The other assistants I worked with were great and motivated to help students succeed.

    Cons

    I don't think there are any cons that I can think of, except it's always a good idea to make sure that you are a fit with the teacher that you will be assisting.

    Advice to Management

    The management at the particular school I worked with was great, so I don't have any recommendations. As far as I was concerned, they were very open to communication if you had any problems or concerns.


  11. "Special Eduation"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Elementary Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Special Education Elementary Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Albuquerque Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are state and district policies as well as Federal laws governing the rights and responsibilities of Special Education.

    Cons

    Too bad APS treats Special Education: program,classrooms, teachers and students as if they are the "bottom of the barrel."

    It breaks my heart to know and see what goes on in public education and to know that our children and our teachers continue to bear the brunt and carry the load of this extremely dysfunctional organization..

    Advice to Management

    So extremely corrupt and abusive you should be ashamed of yourselves!



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