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Garland Independent School District CEO  Curtis Culwell, Ed.D.
Curtis Culwell, Ed.D.
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "Kids are great, usually have support(in 2 reviews)

  • "Considering the state of education around us it was a great place to work(in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lack of parent involvement is sometimes a hindrance to student achievement(in 2 reviews)

  • "(in 2 reviews)

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  1. Lots of opportunity for professional growth excellent pay.

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    Current Employee - Visual Arts Teacher 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    The leadership at the district visual arts office is inspiring. They are very sympathetic to classroom teachers. PD from the district office is relative to what we do in the classroom. I am allowed to teach my curriculum to suit the needs of my individual classes with little oversight. The pay scale is one of the highest in the metroplex.

    Cons

    Leadership in individual schools is inconsistent. Although there are district policies in place each school interprets those policies differently- dress code, cell phone policy, tardy policy. This year's classroom management is C.H.A.M.P.S. a few years ago it was Capturing Kids Hearts. Either way, I'd prefer it to be consistent. My classroom sizes are unnecessarily large, but this varies from school to school. Insurance...

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    Advice to Management

    Reduce classroom sizes. Bring back school-issued iPads.

  2. Teacher

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX

      I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Time off during the holidays.

      Cons

      Constant change before allowing teachers to perfect the last new thing.

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Garland Independent School District for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Interaction with peers and students

      Cons

      benefits are harsh, employee and students are not as valued as the higher ups

    • Substitute

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        Current Employee - Substitute Teacher 

        I have been working at Garland Independent School District part-time for more than a year

        Pros

        The staff across the school district is awesome. Everyone is willing to help and very approachable.

        Cons

        The district babies the kids. i've been to several middle schools and they still make the kids line up when going to lunch or somewhere else. I feel it stunts there growth and maturity. They The students are also "ok" heavy minority and it kind of sucks when most of the students don't listen because most of them don't understand the concept of schoolwork. Very different than what I am used to.

        Advice to Management

        I would ty to install a bunch of growth/leadership programs and have teachers try to push the students that may be slacking but show the capabilities to excel. There are a lot of students that I can tell have the skills to do great things but when they get home, the environment may not be great to help the students excel.

      • Enjoyed working there

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Garland Independent School District full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        Helping kids become better people

        Cons

        Higher up don't tell paraprofessional what's going on

        Advice to Management

        Explain to everyone any changes that will be going on, this keeps everyone in the loop.

      • Teacher

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

          I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time

          Pros

          I love teaching my students and developing curriculum.

          Cons

          I’m ready for a new challenge.

        • Principal unbearable

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Doesn't Recommend
          Negative Outlook
          No opinion of CEO

          I worked at Garland Independent School District full-time

          Pros

          Best time was when the principal was out. Everyone was able to relax.

          Cons

          Worst time was when the principal was in. Everyone was tense....including the students.

          Advice to Management

          Terminate the principal and vice principal. If you are not of their color, you are treated miserably. This goes for the students as well.

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          Teacher

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garland, TX
          Doesn't Recommend

          I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time for more than 4 years

          Pros

          You meet some amazing children and parents.

          Cons

          If you are a minority looking for advancement in this district don't waste your time.

          Advice to Management

          All of your employees should given an opportunity to advance regardless of their skin color.

        • Too entities pulling you in different directions.

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Neutral Outlook
          Disapproves of CEO

          I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time

          Pros

          There are plenty of resources

          Cons

          -Too many superficial obligations -Higher ups tend to care more about if you're using the right verbiage in your objectives than if you're actually an effective teacher. -They care more about data than discipline. -They care more about results than the kids themselves. -One person is telling you to use engaging activities while someone else is telling you to teach to the test, while someone else is telling you...

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          Advice to Management

          Do whatever you can to not become disconnected from what it's like to be a teacher and never lose empathy for teachers. Take more into consideration than just numbers.

        • It is a great place to work

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook

          I have been working at Garland Independent School District full-time

          Pros

          Great administration and they take care of their emplyees

          Cons

          I do not have anything for cons

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