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Stamford Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stamford Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive Faculty and Staff, Great hours

    Cons

    Can be chaotic due to nature of the population- students often move in and out of district without notice

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work!


  2. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Tutor in Stamford, CT
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stamford Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When you are working in a school you can just swipe in and out with a Kronos card. You have the structure and supervision of being in a school. You are working on a particular subject or area such as ESL or Social Studies or math where you can contribute your expertise.

    Cons

    Working with students who are out of school either due to illness or behavior problems requires a great degree of paperwork just to get paid. There is no supervision or structure. The students who have been suspended or expelled from school are not really learning anything (what can they possibly learn in two hours?) The tutor is expected to teach 7 subjects in two hours, to students who have already had academic problems and often have major discipline, drug and psychological problems. There is no real structure or supervision. It is worse than substitute teaching and there is no opportunity for advancement. It is literally a dead end job. I would advise anyone who is offered a position as either a tutor or a Substitute Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools (unless it is long term) to turn the position down. The pay is not that great and there is no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Professionalize tutors. Assign them to schools only. Have them work every day even if its is part time and give them some benefits. Allow them into the teacher's union. Hire only certified subject area teachers as tutors and have them work in their subject area only. As for the Alternative School students. Give them an actual alternative school with onstage psychologists, special ed, social workers and law enforcements specialists. For students with health problems, you can continue use tutors but stop with the nonsensical paperwork. Have the tutors bring in The actual work as proof and just have them call into a system and enter their card number.

  3. "Educational Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Educational Assistant in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Educational Assistant in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good life/work balance, summer off, good benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be very stressful, the last in first out system is in place which is very discouraging when you are a hard worker and over achiever. Les productive workers get the same pay as the most productive workers in the same position.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best job ever! Great staff and people. Couldn't be in a better city.

    Cons

    At times the children do not behave.

    Advice to Management

    If you love kids this is the job for you.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "This is ONLY about the CENTRAL OFFICE of the school system"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Stamford Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    -Very good Benefits
    -Working for an organization whose product truly matters (educating children)

    Cons

    The following were all a constant in the Central Office of the school system (I never worked in any of the schools):

    -Vicious culture (paranoia, backstabbing, fear, pettiness), and the assertiveness/ aggression of several Unions within the school district and City certainly played a part
    -Shuffling of roles and reporting lines
    -Excruciatingly long process in getting the next year's proposed Budget reviewed & approved by the required 3 Boards (the Boards of Education, Finance, and Representatives)
    -Complex political structure: too many Boards having a say about how a school system should be run & deciding on its funding


  6. "Excellent disctrict and reliabel job opportunity."

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

    I have been working at Stamford Public Schools part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My supervisor is great so are the children and teachers.

    Cons

    To many substitute and to little amount of jobs.

    Advice to Management

    To allow the sub to have feedback on their teaching.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Teacher in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Stamford Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, reimbursement for continuing education, some opportunity to make extra money doing after school programing

    Cons

    top down approach, lots of bureaucracy being forced down your throat.

    Advice to Management

    Walk around the building on a daily basis

  8. "A difficult one"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It is a very large school system where there are many different schools each with its own personality.

    Cons

    The pay for substitute teachers has not increased in a decade. There is no support from administration if there is a problem.


  9. "Assistant Principal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stamford Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with students and parents.

    Cons

    A lot of politics that didn't always serve students well.


  10. "Public School Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good salary mobility, vacation time unmatched

    Cons

    Tough students, administration is not always understanding


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