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DeKalb County School System Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Helping students to learn, and the hours (in 3 reviews)

  • There are many opportunities for growth through professional development (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Too much pressure for tests and lack of support with challenging students (in 4 reviews)

  • No raises or step increases in the last five years (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Food Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    cook service cashier and in training to be asset manager

    Cons

    working with kids some time and the people are okay some time


  2. "Special Ed teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient, varied county, some nice people

    Cons

    No support, low salary, no oversight of admin


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Academic Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time

    Pros

    You're out of the classroom. When done right, you can greatly impact student achievement

    Cons

    Sometimes used as an administrative assistant or to do things other than coach. Other counties offer a pay increase for this position.

    Advice to Management

    Pay More


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  5. "School system is too political"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DeKalb County School System full-time

    Pros

    Teaching kids is always fun.

    Cons

    The system is too dependent on government and teachers have little to no autonomy in their classes.

    Advice to Management

    Put the students first and stop being so political.


  6. "School Bus Driver"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DeKalb County School System full-time

    Pros

    Sign on bonus after training completion; also after 30 full time employment on route.

    Cons

    Disorganization and pop up problem throughout the school system. Cant enroll children in school with Dekalb until after 30 days(also the time it takes to become full time, at minimum).

    Advice to Management

    I don't know where to start.


  7. "Teacher, Interrelated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work as a collaborate team.

    Cons

    Not everyone is a team player


  8. "4th Grade Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time

    Pros

    Pros are having long holiday breaks and the summer off.

    Cons

    The biggest con to being a teacher is the pay.


  9. "Teacher for Dekalb"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, summer vacations, working with students

    Cons

    Too much testing, not enough support from administration


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Special Education Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in North DeKalb, GA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in North DeKalb, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DeKalb County School System (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was a high school special education vocational teacher for 24 years, teaching first Production & Distribution (training students for production work & warehouse jobs), then I became the reading, math & life skills teacher for the school (approximately 200 students). I was able to set up my own curriculum & had excellent tech & tech support for my classroom's Promethean ActivBoard & our laptop cart. I focused on meaningful life skills: helping students get a driver's license, teaching them about the dangers of sexting, & all-important resume & job interview skills training. I was also chosen to become a Teacher Support Specialist, responsible for helping out new teachers in their first three years.

    Cons

    After 24 years of teaching high school, I passed the GACE exam in the field of Special Education to become Highly Qualified. In August 2012 just prior to school starting back, I received an email stating that I was being transferred to teach a combined special education 1st- & 2nd-grade class at a high-performing elementary school (a National School of Excellence). Most of my students & their parents did not speak English. I protested in vain, but was told I had no choice. Making the switch from high school to elementary after 24 years was extremely stressful & difficult. I did extremely well nonetheless, earning Proficient or Exemplary on the TKES evaluation instrument, but the stress was never-ending. My heath suffered as a result. The paperwork now required to be a special education teacher is daunting & often overwhelming, even to an experienced teacher such as I was. Also, the curriculum was strictly dictated due to state & federal requirements; as such, there was little or no room for creativity. My lesson plans for just one week were regularly over 20 pages; since I had two different grade levels, with vastly different curricula, it meant double the lesson planning. I spent most of my weekends working on lesson plans following a rigid script: Opening, Essential Questions, Standards, Introduction, Lesson, Closing with Exit Questions, Differentiation, Modifications, & Formative or Summative Evaluation. This extensive script had to be done for every single lesson, & I had to teach both instructional level & grade-level reading & math, as well as Science, Social Studies, Written Expression, & Social Skills. If I had to do it a over again, I would not go into special education in a public school.

    Advice to Management

    Please review my cons above.


  11. "Chemistry Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemistry Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Chemistry Teacher in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DeKalb County School System full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job Support from administration.

    Cons

    I do not have anything negative to say.



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