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Katy ISD Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  • Politics among elite, hard to move up (in 3 reviews)

  • The substitutes need to be seen like a full time employee (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "great workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The administration at my school is very supportive and understanding.

    Cons

    The drive from my home is longer than I anticipated and the

    Advice to Management

    Yes.


  2. "Assistant Football Coach"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Football Coach in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Football Coach in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent support from the district. Large financial support for athletics.

    Cons

    Highly competitive, coaching requires very long hours.

  3. "Pros outweigh Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, regular hours, long summers.

    Cons

    Promotions and job changes depend on who you know rather than experience and capability.

    Advice to Management

    Place people in jobs where they are best able to meet their potential.


  4. "Para professional and Kindergarten teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many resources and training opportunities

    Cons

    More support for new teachers

    Advice to Management

    Not very helpful


  5. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Katy, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at Katy ISD part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great way to have a flexible schedule and earn some extra money - especially if you have school-aged kids. It was perfect for me because I could work at the school my children attended.

    Cons

    It is unpredictable - unlike a full-time job, you are not always guaranteed to work, it just depends on what is available.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "KISD high school teacher for over 15 years"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katy ISD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mostly great students, involved parents, great facilities, adequate budgets to purchase needed items, support from administrators

    Cons

    In some schools, parents have the ability to sway administrators' decisions based on how much they complain, push. There is definitely a 'good ole boys' network at play in the admin. building. If an issue goes beyond the classroom to the administration building, teachers have very little say, it's handled between administrators and fairness or doing what is right and best doesn't always win. What does win is doing things to satisfy someone with whom they have a contract or who is a friend, or because it's the way they've always done it, or just because that's what they decided and they don't have to explain why. Way too much standardized testing and emphasis on teaching to the test (but that's a statewide/universal public school issue - *see 'good 'ole boys network - someone is making a lot of money on selling us those standardized tests). While starting salaries for first year teachers look pretty good, pay raises are very small over time; for instance, a first year teacher comes in at $50,500 while a teacher who has been teaching for 20 years makes $60,200. That translates into a $485 a year raise each year for 20 years. The disparity is not great enough for the difference in experience. This is why you see so many young faces in the classroom; good, smart, innovative people can't afford to be teachers. They move on to something else. If you have a skill that you can teach to others that is also applicable in another profession, odds are you will make a greater salary using the skill in a profession other than teaching. (with less headache) Think math, science - those individuals can put their brains to work elsewhere and make three times the salary they can in a classroom. BUT, these things I am complaining about aren't unique to KISD - they're problems all school districts have.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the pay disparity and you'll retain more experienced teachers. Do away with standarized testing (which mostly puts money in the pockets of the test makers) and stop teaching to the test.


  7. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Katy, TX
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Katy, TX

    I worked at Katy ISD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great School District

    Cons

    I wanted to substitute more, but the opportunities were not always on the website.

  8. "bus driver"

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Richmond, TX
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Richmond, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katy ISD (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good cause you get a break in between runs good for anybody with free schedule and doesn't mind the in between time.

    Cons

    You have whole 4 hrs in between runs. You only get 4 hrs a day and sometimes field trips Would be better if you could at least get 6 hrs a day.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so hard on drivers who do their best and have never had an accident on bus.. Treat your good drivers Good Good people are hard find!


  9. "A great and growing school district."

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Katy, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's one of the most well-organized, incredibly-resourced, constantly-growing, high-performing school districts in Houston as well as the state.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy abounds in all school districts, but this one at least consistently tries to be transparent with staff, students, and parents as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what's best for kids. That's the core of what has made Katy not only a great place to raise a family, but Katy ISD one of the premier districts in Texas to do so.


  10. "Great people, great place!"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Coach & Certified District Trainer in Keller, TX
    Former Employee - Instructional Coach & Certified District Trainer in Keller, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people, staff development, growing, strong teachers and administrators

    Cons

    competitve, sometimes hard to move schools


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