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Glendale Elementary School District Reviews

Updated November 29, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work and co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and setting

    Cons

    Pay not comparable to other districts.


  2. "Very rewarding due to the staff at Desert Spirit that has helped me grow in my career."

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    Current Employee - SPED Educational Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - SPED Educational Assistant in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with good people who work as a team. Being able to have open door conversations with Lead Teacher to help improve work environment. Feeling appreciated on a daily basis. Being able to participate in mentoring sessions to further your knowledge and growth in your career.

    Cons

    Working with SPED students are challenging and sometimes you get injured bruises, scratched, kicked. Sometimes you have to potty train children who should have been before entering into the program especially children who are way over the age of pre-school. Salary is too low for what we do.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to say kindness and appreciation goes along way. When you see chaos be willing to jump in and help.

  3. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The smiling faces of the students everyday.

    Cons

    Honestly, other than the students I would not work for this district.


  4. "Chaos, low pay - BEWARE"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - English Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some coworkers were friendly thats about it

    Cons

    On average here you will work over 50 hours a week. This is because the school days are so extremely packed that the teacher basically doesn't get a prep period (40 minutes which by time you get the kids where they need to be its 30 minutes) a very short lunch (30 minutes but by time the aids come outside 20 minutes). You will have 3 duties at these schools,before school, lunch and after school duty. You have to come at least an hour before and stay at the very least an hour after school just to plan and prepare for your lessons. Not to mention that the classes are packed usually 30 students to a class and they aren't very well behaved kids. SO on average you will have 120 students to grade papers for. The grading system makes no sense. It is a 1-4 system instead of A-F. Tests are weighted the same as classwork and homework. The grading system is so arbitrary you have to determine what each grade would look like to you percentage wise. They tell you to try not to give 4's until last quarter but can't really explain the defined lines of the grading system. To top it all off the behavior system/disipline policy does not work with the kinds of students that they serve. They literally tell you that you should do absolutely everything in your power to get the child to behave before you send them out of the classroom and if you do so without having done at least 10 prior steps then they just send the kid back to class with no punishment. There is no ISS because they don't have teachers or people to do it. There is no detention unless you do it on your own time because again, they don't have enough people to do it. There is nothing to hold over the kids heads to get them to behave because they don't care, schools don't have a good discipline policy, and the parents are uninvolved. They also have an RTI period during the day that spans an hour, nothing in that period or class is graded so that kids just blow it off and goof around. These schools are a mess and need a ton of work. I left because I was dealing with a sever family emergency (father in a coma) when I went to tell admin why I hadn't been at my best, crying telling them how my dad ended up that way, I was told to do my job better and it would alleviate stress. Very cold response and no support for administration in that regard, so don't expect any sympathy for sever emotional trauma. Horrible experience. Beware.

    OH P.S and something that made things worse is that they don't tell you that the Arizona state retirement system takes 11.5% of your salary. If you make the starting salary of 36,000 you will be making well under 1,000 dollars every two weeks after taxes and the retirement fund. If you manage to make 40,000 a year you will make very little over 1000 every two weeks. you will be looking at about 1050 paycheck every two weeks. Not enough to live off of. They pay you enough to barely pay your bills and work. You won't have any kind of other life.

    Advice to Management

    You overwork your teachers for low low pay fix it.


  5. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Engagement with diverse population coming various countries

    Cons

    Language barriers to connect with cultural

    Advice to Management

    Training for cultural competence


  6. "Education"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Glendale Elementary School District full-time

    Pros

    Positive and helpful staff members! Everyone goes the extra mile to help mentor and guide one another.

    Cons

    Salary was constantly frozen while I was there. The district started hiring in new hires with less experience and giving them higher salaries which was insulting. Loyalty is not rewarded financially. Insurance for a single person is great but not affordable for spouse or family.

    Advice to Management

    Equal work for equal pay.


  7. "Not the Best School District"

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    Current Employee - Library Media Clerk in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Library Media Clerk in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the kids enjoy reading. Helping a kids learn

    Cons

    Pay. Passive aggressive principal, no discipline with kids

  8. "5th Grade Teacher"

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    Current Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    From what I've heard, teaching satisfaction varies from school to school based on the administration and school culture. I enjoy working at Melvin E. Sine School in Glendale, the staff is very supportive and there is a positive culture. I really enjoy working with the students.

    Cons

    The school I work at has its own challenges, with poverty, drug use, and violence in the surrounding area. Student behavior can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more support for new teachers who are coming to the district in the middle of the school year.


  9. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Glendale Elementary School District full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment

    Half day every Wednesday

    Cons

    Money is low compared to other districts

    No substitutes

    Poor P.D.


  10. "Do not work here!"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can not think of any other than the younger grades are nice.

    Cons

    Unorganized
    Time wasted in useless meetings
    Too much expected for low pay

    Advice to Management

    Get it together!
    Create a behavior policy.


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