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Anchorage School District Reviews

Updated January 13, 2019
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  1. "Secondary Science Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anchorage School District full-time

    Pros

    The compensation is really good as a teacher

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind.

    I enjoy working here.


  2. "Classroom Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My students and colleagues are amazing. We all work very hard for our school and it truly feels like a family.

    Cons

    The size of the district makes it hard for management to see schools as individuals with real successes and problems. It's all about the data and numbers. It's hard to get the help you need for true problem students.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to micro-manage every classroom to fit a certain mold. Save this for the teachers who are struggling and need that extra support. One size does not fit all.

    Kids need more play in their day and time for lunch as well. A twenty minute lunch, which includes going through the lunch line and clean up, is not enough time for little ones to eat.

  3. "Good after college job"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible, easy to get regular work as long as you're reliable and follow teacher notes.

    Cons

    When school isn't in, you don't get paid. No holiday or sick time.


  4. "High school SPED teacher aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time

    Pros

    The kids are pretty amazing.

    Cons

    There's always drama within the faculty.


  5. "Classified"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Anchorage School District part-time

    Pros

    Great environment and work ethics.

    Cons

    There are no cons at all.


  6. "Good schools, good colleagues, horrifying administration"

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

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

    Pros

    Some individual schools in the district are a pleasure to work in and some principals are good educational leaders. Salaries are pretty good although recent contract issues have affected overall salary satisfaction.

    Cons

    District administration micromanages, disrespects staff and generally treats teachers like they are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. The success of children is not taken into consideration based on their decisions on where to spend their money. It is a horrible place to work in that respect.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the superintendent, stop hiring "consultants" and start listening to teachers.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They hire great professional teachers and my colleguges are great!!

    Cons

    The district does not value the teachers as Professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Use more teacher input, get past the money, and put knowledge and ideas first.

  8. "Substitute teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    Once I established myself with principals, teachers and students, as a reliable, inspiring, and creative educator, it was very rewarding!

    Cons

    It took some time to get established.


  9. "Noon duty"

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    Current Employee - Noon Durt in Chugiak, AK
    Current Employee - Noon Durt in Chugiak, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly enviroment, fun working kids.

    Cons

    Some inconsistencies, occasionally chatty coworkers.


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    "Union Entitlements"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Anchorage School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The kids. Decent benefits, rate of pay isn't bad considering how hard you're expected to work.

    Cons

    Union entitlement mentality, bad behavior is rewarded.

    Management is friendly but doesn't listen to the concerns of the workers, safety considerations are ignored.

    Orginizational silos impede projects from being executed in an efficient and cost effective manner.

    Adult bullies. Weed them out, they are toxic to your organization.

    If you're a self-directed, self-starter, go-getter type, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just manage, set the example by being leaders, or get out of the way.