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Lake Washington School District Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  1. "Guest Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Guest Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great school district with staff support, technology and classroom training, collaborative and cooperative department support, etc. The kids are wonderful, too!

    Cons

    Substitute teaching needs no further explanation. I work almost every day. I would absolutely love to go full-time again!

    Advice to Management

    Please visit classrooms, write recommendations, and interview substitutes who have worked all over the district, taken professional learning classes, established report with other educators, and experienced a variety of classrooms. We have not only stamina, experience, and knowledge, but the desire to work and the ability to manage change and students.


  2. "Low-stress environment, but little room to grow"

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    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Applications Support Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Low-stress most times of the year. Great benefits package, and the work has a concrete impact on education of many students. There's plenty of opportunity for a gifted technical mind to make a mark.

    Cons

    Strong organizational intertia - things are often done because we've always done them that way. Confusing management decisions from the top all the way down.

    Advice to Management

    Take advice from internal staff more heavily and be more selective about which consultants you trust, particularly if their projects seem to run into roadblocks often.


  3. "LWSD"

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Most schools are fairly resource rich, lots of hardworking teachers, schools are located in cities that are pleasant to live in, opportunities for professional development are abundant

    Cons

    The parent community is very active which can negatively impact the school based decision making process, resources are sometimes unevenly distributed between schools, a recent curriculum implementation (Wonders literacy) was poorly managed

    Advice to Management

    While you provide many professional development opportunities, you should work harder to ensure that the PD opportunities are not merely "jumping through hoops and rather helpful opportunities for teachers


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  5. "Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Don't Want to Share in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Don't Want to Share in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy hiring process and seems to be good to the newcomer.

    Cons

    Not a lot of regard for the employees. Specifically classified employees are regarded as second class. I loved my job there, but never was regarded as a valuable employee by upper management. My direct supervisor was awesome, but didn't have the power he wished he had to support me in my job. Management doesn't value opinions and suggestions. Everything is an afterthought and people are getting increasingly frustrated with the district's leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your community and employees. Make an effort for bottom-up decisions instead blind-sighted top-down decisions.


  6. "Substitute teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best temp job for certificated teachers, this day to day position allows you to experience a variety of classrooms.

    Cons

    It's a temp job with daily pay and no benefits. You often sub outside of your speciality area and students can take advantage of subs. You have to be strong and know when to be strong and which battles to fight. Mostly, you need to understand teamwork and the power of effective praise.


  7. "School Bus Driver"

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    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - School Bus Driver in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lake Washington School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is much better than other districts, by a LOT. Camaraderie among drivers is great, it's like a big family there. There are so many routes in the district that it's pretty easy to get full-time hours. Plenty of work available, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Long days. You only get paid when you're driving, and there is time in between routes. But that goes for anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any advice for the management. Everything was very fair, and they keep only the highest quality drivers. There are plenty of people who retire from there as drivers. Keep up the good work!


  8. "Elementary Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    All teachers have great technology to use in classes both for presentation and student use. Each teacher receives $2,000 a year to be used for classroom supplies. There are lots of opportunities to continue your education. It is a big district with lots of opportunity to try out new roles.

    Cons

    Parents can sometimes disregard teacher opinion, despite it being an unbiased and professional one. The new evaluation system is a bit over the top.

    Advice to Management

    Know your employees instead of relying too heavily on the new PGE system.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great passionate people"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Clerical Staff in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Substitute Clerical Staff in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The employees of LWSD are smart, passionate and respectful. They are dedicated to what matters - the students!

    Cons

    In some jobs, pay is lower than private sector


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Treated like an extra"

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    Current Employee - Classified Staff Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Classified Staff Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Washington School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some great staff members in the schools; kids are great.

    Cons

    You MUST join the Union. There is a HUGE attitude difference between Teachers (Certified employees) and non certified staff (classified staff - secretaries, speech pathologists, janitors, aides, secretaries). And the district plays a "good old boys" club. Teachers are treated with respect' classified staff not professionally trained like speech pathology/ therapists - but aids, secretaries, office assistants -[ are treated terribly. There is no living wage, the Unions are a J.O.K.E. Administration treats you like you are stupid, even though you might have a Masters. And many classified staff employees do. You are not encouraged to grow or given opportunities for advancement.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "outstanding place to work"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Principal in Redmond, WA
    Recommends

    Pros

    supportive community, well educated population and resources

    Cons

    Increasing expectations on buildings to maintain high levels of achievement


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