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Anchorage School District Alaska Reviews

Updated August 26, 2017
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  1. "Best school district."

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to substitute at various schools were endless. Most people I encountered at each school were very nice and helpful. I ended up subbing at a school and was offered a full time position.

    Cons

    Trying to decide where to sub was difficult. There are a couple of schools on the military bases so a person without an ID may have difficulty getting to those schools.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Decent for such a big district"

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    Former Employee - District Administrator in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - District Administrator in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair salary for administration. Good schedule, 401k
    Health insurance just ok

    Cons

    Too big, very top heavy administratively. Ask for community input but already made decisions. A good old boy club behind the scenes . Adult bullies

    Advice to Management

    Clean up behind the scenes

  3. "High School Secretary/Support Staff"

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    Former Employee - High School Secretary/Support Staff in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - High School Secretary/Support Staff in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent health , vision, and dental benefits

    Cons

    Always be forced to do more with less. Try cut people but not positions. The work was delegated to other support Staff and expected to be done in the time constraints as your regular day. Did not like to offer can't time or overtime. I worked there for 20 years and saw many changes and it just keeps getting worse as far as budget cuts and how the budget cuts are implemented at the school level which is the administration's decision at each school.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people. Do not show favoritism. When you can solve an issue with an employee where it could be a win-win , do it. After all these art positions that you're dealing with its people and believe it or not people have feelings.


  4. "Teacher assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love my job, the kids are amazing, I have alot of fun

    Cons

    The pay isn't very great. I work too hard for too little.

    Advice to Management

    I need more hours


  5. "Special Ed"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant for Deaf Executive Director in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant for Deaf Executive Director in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    High very patient with the students, teaching American Sign Language and getting along with staff/faculty

    Cons

    lack of communication if Deaf and hearing can communicate unless hearing people knows American Sign Language.

    Advice to Management

    Opening a communication by emial or writing if Deaf and hearing work together, take the ASL class


  6. "Special Ed teacher"

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    Former Employee - Sp Education Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Sp Education Teacher in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location! Alaska is a wonderful place to live.

    Cons

    Funding issues. Cutbacks. Increased work loads.


  7. "Community Counselor"

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    Former Employee - VII Indian Education, Community Counselor in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - VII Indian Education, Community Counselor in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Excellent benefits and work schedules. Excellent training programs and additional workload opportunities. Work with teams of highly skilled professionals. Work with a broad range of students and families. Can be as networked to many of the community and school district resources. Incredible support from administrators, counselors, teachers, resource staff, staff, security, and co-workers. Summers off!

    Cons

    Challenging environments and situations require solid grounding, support, commitment, and resolve. Need to mentally be prepared for just about anything to happen and be prepared to address, work through, and come to some sort of resolution with issues.

    Advice to Management

    I was fortunate to have excellent administrators who provided a high degree of support and were extremely professional. Had it not been for the great support I received from all the administrators, It would have been extremely difficult to do my job! The work is challenging having its own rewards and requires a TEAM effort. All parts must work together, move forward together, and stay connected in spite of differences. Absolutely no room for breakdowns in communication which complicate and further undermine the efforts of the whole team.

  8. "It's a great place to live if you love doing things outdoors. Winters are long, cold, and dark."

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    Current Employee - English Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, very strong union representation, nice co-workers. Amazing summers with lots to do outdoors. Salmon fishing is the best.

    Cons

    If non tenured, you can be moved from school to school. Too cold and far away from everywhere. It costs too much to fly anywhere. You feel like you're stuck on an island. Anchorage has high crime rates for being a small city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great work.


  9. "Grounds Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Grounds Maintenance Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Grounds Maintenance Specialist in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Anchorage School District (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits for type of work.

    Cons

    city worker mentality, never push beyond minimum progress.


  10. "Driver"

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    Current Employee - Dirver in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Dirver in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time allowing me to participate in civic and social organizations

    Cons

    part time employment makes total compensation difficult to accommodate

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive with legislative engagement


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