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Milford Public Schools Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Paraprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher/Paraprofessional in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher/Paraprofessional in Milford, CT
    Recommends

    I worked at Milford Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to be around educators and children

    Cons

    Little training in certain situations


  2. "Teaching"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Milford Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great PD opportunities; great veteran staff to learn from.

    Cons

    Old issues with veteran staff.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building new relationships among your staff and building culture.

  3. "Toxic Environment IMHO"

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

    I worked at Milford Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Some of the students and families were quite wonderful people.

    Cons

    Very stifling environment due to admin. who seem not to appreciate the staff, and treat them with a very condescending view from what I perceived, and from what many colleagues I knew experienced. They also seem to run like dogs chasing cars after whatever is the latest reinvented wheel of education, with no clue of their own. I would characterize them as real Kool-Aid drinkers for whatever the wind blows in, no leadership or true vision/philosophy.

    Advice to Management

    In my opinion this management doesn't want to hear any advice, and they're likely to take it out on you if you do speak up, so step softly or you'll be on the carpet, the way I saw/experienced it.


  4. "Great in school itself-district admin needs to look at building admin"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Milford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great kids and teachers to work with. Fantastic day to day interactions. Worked at Harborside was and incredible school. Longed for the days of Principal Beinstein; he valued 'smart teachers with ideas'.

    Cons

    Admin tries to hire people who are not smarter than the admin in the buildings so really stagnant ideas and looking to buy canned, ineffective programs. So sad!

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers! They went to college and really know. Your suspicions are because you are so removed from the classroom!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poor administration"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Milford Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the other teachers were great. The pay is good compared to other districts in the area. The teachers' union is strong.

    Cons

    Poor policies in the school system push students along that should not be moved ahead. This creates an environment with students who feel entitled and who are lazy. Poor administration further exacerbates this problem. There is also a huge problem with nepotism in this district.

    Advice to Management

    Change your policies to ensure that students are held accountable at every level. This may hurt the overall outcomes in the short term, but in the long term, it will solve a lot of the issues in the district.


  6. "Special Education Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Special Educator
    Former Employee - Special Educator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Superintendent , Great Principal of Woodland Elementary (was former principal of Middle School East).

    Cons

    Pay is lower than more affluent school systems


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Large class size. Poor leadership."

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Milford Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the administrators are excellent.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership in one of the middle schools.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Substitute teaching is rewarding, staff can be rude"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Milford, CT
    Recommends

    I worked at Milford Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You build relationships with students for time you are working. Most teachers and administration are helpful. Most teachers leave class rooster, class information and lesson plans for the day(s). Develop relationships with staff of schools you frequently substitute teaching for.

    Cons

    Students are what makes substitute teaching worthwhile and make the day joyful amidst the stress. Coming in as a short term employee you can be treated unfairly by teachers and other staff. Unfortunately, many employees have a negative view of substitute teachers as being lazy, replacement teachers who don't know what they are doing; but the majority of time when you are substitute teaching you are multitasking, following lesson plans, teaching, helping students, keeping track of the day and reporting back to the teacher as to the status of classwork/behavior. There is not room for promotion or employee growth, substitute teachers get paid the same rate continuously and their are not raises.

    Advice to Management

    Have school map, room numbers and teachers names documented for substitute teachers. It is helpful to know teacher's information for student's overall safety and our own sake for time working at the school.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Highly political"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Milford, CT
    Former Employee - Teacher in Milford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Milford Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quite a bit of professional development

    Cons

    Very political - very small "big city". Teacher's Union dominates.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Flexible, part-time work with terrific people and children"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Milford, CT
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Milford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Milford Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Substitute teaching allows me to work part-time during the hours that my child is in school so I can maintain the same schedule she has while searching for a full-time job.

    Cons

    The substitute plans can be very challenging as teachers today cover a lot of ground during the seven hour school day. It would be optimal to have a chance to view the subs plans the day before if the absence is planned. Also, if you need to rely on a five day a week job, substitute teaching is not something you should rely on, the work ebbs and flows. You have to be flexible.


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