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Manara Academy Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. "Crew"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great kids, teachers, and community.

    Cons

    Needs to improve organization and provide more structure


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Manara Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close to home drive wise.

    Cons

    1.)Lack of teacher support in every way imaginable.
    2.)Administration plays favorites, and everyone knows it.
    3.)Very little if any resources for teaching.
    4.)Huge expectations - more than any public school would expect with no pay.
    5.)Very inexperienced teachers placed as team leads or put into leadership positions without the experience and education needed.
    6.) Adminstration blames teachers for students leaving.
    7.) Administration does not help out the teachers with duties or support when it comes to students and team relationships.
    8.) Several meetings and PD every week that does not apply to all grade levels - however, all grade levels are required to attend, or you verbally get called out at the meeting - yeah it has happened several times.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers! They are in frontline doing everything they can to help your students! Not helping them or putting massive amounts of items on their plate..more than any other public school in the state would do. Help them out and stop hiding in your office or going to all of these super important meetings when your own campus is falling apart and needs your support.

  3. "Teacher"

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

    I worked at Manara Academy full-time

    Pros

    The teachers suffered in silence.

    Cons

    Class population is too much , very little resources, and very inexperienced principal that has temper issues that shows on teachers and students.

    Advice to Management

    Act fast before your ship sinks. Get out of your offices and go to school everyday and watch how he handles the daily issues. Be there for the students and teachers.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manara Academy full-time

    Pros

    Teachers try their best with what little they have (training and resources and mentors)

    Cons

    Enrollment is low. Board and admin do not support teachers. Low pay. Several teachers left this year and more are trying to leave.
    Student performance is low.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to experienced teachers. Why are they leaving.? Why are test scores low? Things are getting worse instead of better.


  5. "Room for Improvement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Manara Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small school, pleasant staff, okay work hours

    Cons

    Awkward location- the school is directly in the middle of an industrial office park.
    The school's leadership is not adequately prepared for the challenge of effectively running a school.
    Lots of new teachers that DO NOT receive enough training.

    Advice to Management

    Research what it takes to lead a school- attend workshops/ conferences on effective leadership.
    Be open to other professional's ideas and opinions.


  6. "Manara Academy Charter School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Manara Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great students and families on all campuses

    Cons

    Very high employee turnover rate
    Lack of opportunities to grow professionally
    Low pay with extremely high demands on time

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay at campus levels and staff schools appropriately to meet student needs


  7. "Teacher-Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Manara Academy full-time

    Pros

    This is a family like atmosphere with fantastic students and a staff that likes one another! I am an experienced teacher and other districts are not like this is that regard. Very positive. Strong instructional leader at my school. I dont understand some previous comments about low pay and no benefits, as this is high pay with a bonus for a charter and we have full benefits through BCBS

    Cons

    Growing pains that hurts resources some....once those settle resources will be plentiful.

    Advice to Management

    Wants to give us everything we need,,,,be realistic about what we have and keep working to get us what is needed.

  8. "jump ship"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Other teaching staff is wonderful! We all lean on each other for support and help when and where needed.

    Cons

    About the only support we get is from each other. Our classrooms don't even have enough chairs for all of the students. Constantly told that supplies/resources are coming, but they never seem to arrive.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to tell us we'll have certain resources by a certain time, be aware that we plan on those items actually being available. If we shouldn't count on it to be there, just tell us that and we will plan accordingly.


  9. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Whitehall, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Whitehall, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Much learned about other cultures and my abilities as a person to take charge of a project.

    Cons

    Low pay
    NO benefits at all
    No support from administration regarding supply needs or teacher additional training
    Administration lacks experience to run the school
    Did not respect other cultures other then their own

    Advice to Management

    Get better management in there that has significant classroom AND administration experience in there for the teachers and the students alike.


  10. "Workplace that gives you a family feeling."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Manara Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff and school leaders

    Cons

    New school
    Few resources
    But still a wonderful place to work at


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