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Houston ISD Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
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  • "Lack of support in a low SES area" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Long hours and many changes every year" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Fourth Grade teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    The assistant principal helped nurture and develop my talent and management skills. My colleagues were a supportive community.

    Cons

    There was a lot of paperwork to maintain Individual records and lesson plans separate from the class as a whole. It was time consuming and took time away from other teaching. Some of it was necessary for appropriate documentation.


  2. "Professional Transportation Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Transportation Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Transportation Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours and overtime, abiltiy to discuss any issues, quick resolves

    Cons

    Very early and dealing with the parents of the children is very difficult, most parents think their children are innocent but they are not. That, to me, is the most difficult obstacle to overcome.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with the facts. Nothing more and nothing less.

  3. "Middle School Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional development. The city-wide district employees seem to be more on the ball than on many of the individual campuses. District wide events are well organized and helpful, though many times the suggestions can't be implemented into your own classroom.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at tough schools makes it harder for the teacher to help the students that need the most help. As a professional, I have been spoken down to on multiple occasions - and I was the top performing teacher in my content area. Also, there are few open, available options open outside of the classroom (surprising, given the size of the district). Many teachers on my campus suffered from burnout this year.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that administrators treat teachers respectfully and as professionals. Also, either provide opportunities for overtime or do not expect weekly lesson plans that take 5 hours to write. I know these are common teacher problems, but HISD should still work to improve them because I'm sure they lose out on great teachers that need a more comfortable work environment with more room for growth.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - TX Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - TX Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent curriculum, student data, and educational resources support

    Cons

    Administrative organizational issues related to student accountability


  5. "Nice working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    You can move up if your passionate about your work!

    Cons

    The pay could be just a little better.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great if your principal is good

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of bureaucracy.


  7. "Department Chairperson/Educator/Coach"

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    Current Employee - Case Management/Human Resource in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Case Management/Human Resource in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pros of being a teacher is that I can come in to a job everyday and impact a child's life. I also enjoy being Department Chairperson because I'm still able to utilize my management/HR skills. I also enjoy coaching because I love to dance and twirl.

    Cons

    The only con in teaching is that you don't make a lot of money and you are not valued as well at times

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be that it takes a special individual to be able to mentor/teach and coach a child. But, this same set of skills can be used on adults as well. That is why i am certified as a trainer as well.

  8. "work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    working with the different diversities of students.

    Cons

    some schools are not organized when it comes to disciplining the students .


  9. "HISD 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 Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    Good, free professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Poor administration , lack of accountability and oversight


  10. "HISD Teaching"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Provide adequate professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Rigor has lost out to safe classrooms


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