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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Reviews

Updated February 17, 2018
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Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers
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  • politics, long hours, no overtime, can't set hours, I've exceeded the 5 word minimum (in 5 reviews)

  • However, some schools and departments need leadership change in order to improve the quality of the school system (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible
    Friendly co-workers
    Easy to find jobs

    Cons

    Hard to get a FT job if you aren't already employed FT by MCPS


  2. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Resources, benefits, parent engagement, community engagement, staff group sharing, summer time off, holidays off, testing supporrts, special needs identifiers and supports.

    Cons

    School closures, lack of funding

  3. "Very Good System"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time

    Pros

    Rigorous curriculum, quality schools, strong professional development and support

    Cons

    Effective leadership exists in many schools and departments within the system. However, some schools and departments need leadership change in order to improve the quality of the school system.


  4. "School Counselor"

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    Current Employee - School Counselor in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - School Counselor in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with kids and make a difference in their lives

    Cons

    Demands, workload, uneven workload, paperwork, red tape. Very unflexible


  5. "Special Para Educator"

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

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) part-time

    Pros

    Being able to see the difference you make in the children lives.

    Cons

    no personal space for work materials and personal items


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Glass Ceiling Lacking Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of professional training available and stipends galore.
    Develop long term relationships with staff, parents, students.
    Students always remind you success in a day to day accomplishment

    Cons

    Only advance of the principal in your pal. You have to have his or her signature for anything and if they want to keep you because you are really good at what you do, they won't sign.
    The person beside you who does status quo and mediocre will still get paid as much as you. Nothing is on grit and merit.
    No retention process to help those even wavering on leaving the profession.

    Advice to Management

    Get moving on a retention process. No one is there reaching out to even the great teachers who are leaving to help them want to stay. You treat everyone who is leaving, including those forced to move due to military obligations, the same as you do those who are getting fired. A letter of appreciation wouldn't take you long but would leave an impact on the person who has to go. Develop an exit interview. You need to become educated on why people are leaving. Without an interview you will continue to make the same mistakes.


  7. "On the Road"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time

    Pros

    Work within schools, good peer collaboration

    Cons

    Consistent changes with executive leadership-

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time

    Pros

    Many staff members are so committed and dedicated to the job

    Cons

    Many staff members are just looking for a paycheck. The direction by the current superintendent is a bit unclear, as he's cut so many central office positions (which was probably for the best) but without communicating a clear vision.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what's working/what's not by listening and observing first before making sweeping changes.


  9. "Micro Managing and Politics"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary was good, but there is little work- life balance.

    Cons

    Many meetings (2-3 per week) to go through tedious school improvement processes. This district is big on trendy educational initiatives like culturally responsive teaching, restorative justice (where teachers are treated like students), and equitable practices. MCPS is very into a top down management style where teachers have no autonomy or voice in how the school is run.

    Teachers are constantly observed and questioned about how they are supporting all the different initiatives through data collection forms and Student Learning Objectives. Teachers with 20 years of teaching experience are treated like first year teachers in this school district if they are not a supervisor. Little support from administration when it comes to discipline; their number one goal is to have no suspensions or detentions, so they sweep incidents under the rug until students do something so extreme that the police have to be brought it.

    Montgomery County has a culture of extensive documentation. As a teacher you have to document everything between you and the students, you and your supervisor, and you and your administrators to protect yourself. Supervisors sometimes request extra observations on teachers so they can cover themselves through extra documentation. Because there is little discipline, teachers have to create a dossier of documentation before being allowed to ask for admin to step in.

    Literacy initiatives overshadow education here because of the exploding immigrant population. Students are passed whether they were failing or not. Closing the achievement gap means giving endless second chances for grading late assignments under the guise of equitable practices.

    Politics seep into every aspect of teaching here. I had to do a "privilege walk" as part of my beginning of the year training. I also was asked to watch a video about illegal immigration to empathize with illegal immigrants, and was told about my inherent white male privilege by one of my administrators. Disagreeing with any of these issues is not an option if you don't want to be targeted by administration. If you are a conservative, your views are wrong in this school district, while some liberal teachers freely express their ideology with students.

    Data collection and analyzing is God at this school district as well as rigid structures like measurable mastery objectives, rubrics, and criteria. Supervisors often prevent other teachers from switching schools and bullying of teachers by supervisors and administration runs rampant here.

    Post observation reviews consist of your supervisor typing every word you say like a stenographer in a court room.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sweeping things under the rug, like when students bring weapons to school. Give teachers autonomy, and stop using Peer Assistance Review as retaliation for teachers who dare to question Administrators on their policies. Please keep your political views to yourself.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Middle School Science teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) full-time

    Pros

    Depends on your school, great teachers, good schools

    Cons

    - micromanagement from top down
    - no creative freedom in the classroom due to curriculum

    Advice to Management

    trust your teachers to do their jobs


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