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Norfolk Public Schools Reviews

Updated February 7, 2019
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Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Samuel T. King
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  • "Horrible behavior problems and low student performance with little administrative support" (in 3 reviews)

  • "No support, too much work, low kids" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Kindergarten in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Kindergarten in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My fabulous fellow teachers. Office/administrative support, wonderful kids and supportive parents… For the most part.

    Cons

    A little more planning time is always nice.


  2. "Not Worth It"

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

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

    Pros

    The staff is awesome. They will help each other above and beyond.

    Cons

    Incompetent leaders, behavior problems aren’t dealt with, lack of parental support

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the behavior problems and pay teachers what they deserve.

  3. "If you are a team player this is the job for you"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Permanent Building Sub in Norfolk, MA
    Current Employee - Permanent Building Sub in Norfolk, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to many different classrooms and students

    Cons

    Probably will work more than half the year as a teacher assistant
    Many faculty meetings


  4. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA

    I worked at Norfolk Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    My colleagues were a great resource for ideas.

    Cons

    No room to advance and poor work/life balance


  5. "Electronics"

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    Current Employee - Electronics Tech in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Electronics Tech in Norfolk, VA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Work is steady. No overtime mandated., although opportunities for overtime come up quite often. Teamwork is great.

    Cons

    Upper management turnover is high.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great schedule and
    Good benefits
    30 minute lunch

    Cons

    Pay is low
    Scarce resources
    Some micromanagement


  7. "Adult Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Adult Education Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Adult Education Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I appreciate the freedom and creativity that I'm allowed to incorporate into my classroom teaching.

    Cons

    Classrooms lack current technology. The daytime teachers do not like sharing their classrooms with the evening teachers. You will need to bring all of your own teaching supplies with you each day.

  8. "Secondary Social Studies Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved my students! Urban youth!

    Cons

    Horrible Administration approx.45% yearly teacher turn over.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new one!


  9. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Norfolk Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, great learning experience, children need good guidance from genuine individuals

    Cons

    Need lots of patience, most teachers do not leave work for you, be creative to keep the children engaged


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Never been so stressed"

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

    I have been working at Norfolk Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are OK, Professional Development opportunities are always available, ability to take graduate level classes

    Cons

    Stress, no administrative support, departments don’t communicate giving you multiple, contradictory answers, you NEVER do anything correctly, students run the schools because discipline is only a time out, or a written statement of what you have done, despite injuring others or teachers. Students are allowed to speak to adults any way they want without reprocussions. After 17 years, a career change is in order!

    Advice to Management

    Take control, take control, take control, and help the teachers and schools before something terrible happens!