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Seminole County Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Low pay scale compared to other counties in Florida (in 7 reviews)

  • I can't think of any cons for this school district (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Seminole is one of the few districts with good health insurance."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Sanford, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Sanford, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    100% paid medical insurance premiums for the employee. However to add any family members outrageous out of pocket cost!

    Cons

    As with any other Florida district low salary, no steps for years of service only merit pay. If you were hired after July 2011 as I was, no addtl pay for advanced degrees unless they match your certification exactly, no job security, no classroom resources provided, not even a band aide.

    Advice to Management

    School Board Members are not advocates for teachers. They oppose salary increases and oppose most of the proposals unions members lobby for on behalf of classroom teachers.


  2. "Tenuous Career Security"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Seminole, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Seminole, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is usually a fair balance of micromanagement and autonomy.
    Contractual workdays are stable and luxurious; one is not required to work on weekends, holidays, and lengthy intra-semester breaks.

    Cons

    Teaching assignments and yearly contract renewals are at the discretion, mercy, and, dare I say, whims of overly burdened assistant principals. Unpaid overtime is essential for maintaining one's position.

    Advice to Management

    Heed teacher advice and insight. Fight the trend of instructional automation that is killing teachers' vocational passions.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "1st grade teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sanford, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sanford, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The many holidays off, and the students.

    Cons

    Teachers are not autonomous. You are required to teach the same concepts in the exact same way as other teachers within your grade. There is no expressive creativity allowed and you are not allowed to question administration and their policies and decisions on what you are to teach and how you are to test even though they are not in your classroom everyday and don't intimately know how your kids learn. For example, we had to give our 1st graders a comprehensive, critical thinking, adult level reading test that even a college graduate adult could not pass. The questions were worded with above level vocabulary for even a high school student and made you think in a way that was very intellectual. I took the test myself and had my husband take it also and we both failed. But administration required it because it was common core. If you go outside the box you are looked down on and told to get in line or else.

    Advice to Management

    Give teachers the ability to teach their students in the best way they know how because they know their students best. And stop micro-managing every teacher move.


  4. "Schools"

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Sanford, FL
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Sanford, FL

    I have been working at Seminole County Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have great benefits and time off.

    Cons

    They dont pay enough money for all the hard work.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - FLORIDA in Sanford, FL
    Former Employee - FLORIDA in Sanford, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A wonderful organization that offers a ton of opportunity for growth and professional development.

    Great schedule, ample time off and benefits.

    Cons

    None to speak of at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None to speak of


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Winter Springs, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Winter Springs, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with great people and students!!

    Cons

    Too much wasteful busy work.

    People who have never taught in a classroom try to tell you how to teach in ways that research shows are developmentally inappropriate and then wonder why scores go down.
    Long hours during school year


  7. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Sanford, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Sanford, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Am in a one room classroom running the Plato instructional lab for At Risk students who are utilizing the Credit Recovery option
    Small class size
    Secure facility with career minded professionals
    The Seminole County Sheriff Department is a wonderfully supportive staff
    Seminole County Public Schools provides thorough Professional Development opportunities, such as the Power of You given this summer.

    Cons

    Due to internet restrictions and firewalls, I often am unable to obtain teaching resources, or utilize the programs which my employer encourages

    Advice to Management

    Open the internet on the teacher computer in order for her to effectively utilize employer programs and research
    Below it states Bill Vogel is CEO. He is retired. Walt Griffth is now Superintendent, and I believe he will continue to prove his worth and capabilities in the near future.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longwood, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Longwood, FL

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

    Pros

    Great time off at holidays, summers, close to home.

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours, disrespectful students, administration that doesn't care.


  9. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Loganville, GA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Loganville, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seminole County Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience working with the students and help them.

    Cons

    I don't see any downsides of working with Seminole County Public schools; I was very glad to work with them.


  10. "Great job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seminole, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seminole, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    None that I can think of at this time


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