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The Goddard School Lead Teacher Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • Low pay considering cost of tuition (in 42 reviews)

  • No time outside of the class to work on lesson plans or assessments (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Nice experience with kids and families"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Infant Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Infant Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice kids, clean environment, organized & structured, staff perks like breakfasts, nice ownership, caring staff. Flexible time off, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay (but better than average), some entitled families who complained and were very hard to please, lots of gossip - to the point where you should assume someone WILL be talking about you at some point. Long hours. Can get boring at times. There’s room for movement into other classrooms, but limited growth potential for higher management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind and impartial; don’t badmouth other staff in front of their coworkers.


  2. "Excellence"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Morganville, NJ
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Morganville, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Atmosphere, Great Management, Great Co- Workers

    Cons

    The Particular Hours That I Work

  3. "Don't get your hopes up"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Magnolia, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Magnolia, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The children's smiling faces was the only pro about this job!

    Cons

    The management has no clue how to run a school. They play favorites and discriminate against certain people. There were multiple days I only got 1 restroom break and no lunch but I worked for 9 hours straight. I thought that was against the law.......They want us to do our lesson plans 2 weeks ahead of time but they never give us lesson planning time. One point I went to the owner to tell her I was worried about the safety of a child in my classroom and her exact words were "well the mom wants him in your class and I really want this SALE!" That's absolutely insane to me. The food they feed the kids is horrible. The children don't like it and won't eat it so they are hungry all day and are just cranky bc they are hungry. I felt so sorry for the kids bc the management just lies straight to the parents faces. They lie about why the kids teachers aren't there. Really they are trying to get rid of employees to hire more to pay them less bc the owner is just greedy. They don't have enough employees to break everyone plus they had to keep switching kids into inappropriate classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    They really need to get their job done and under control or the teachers can't do theirs.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Big disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Southlake, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    staff meeting were provided with generous amount of food, parents were mostly nice and the kids were fun to work with

    Cons

    This school will OVER WORK you big time for terrible pay they will give you. They are always under staffed ( which seemed as if they didn't have too much of a problem with because it saved them money) so they will make you do bunch of extra work that you were told not to do! The turn over rate is ridiculous and most of the employees are super tired, super over worked and unhappy. Their number one priority is the gain new students for the profit, and didn't even care about the students health or well being after. The educational side is a complete joke and it is extremely false advertised to the parents. Too many children in one class and not enough teachers or help is given. The school is not cleaned properly and has mold, extreme dust build up and bacterial residue growing on the sides of the walls. The school is so stingy that they will not even provide plates for snack time, paper towels had to be used as plates and there would be hardly enough snacks and food lefts for the children. The amount of money they would take monthly from the parents is a ridiculous amount of money for the benefits they provided for the kids and the employees pay and demands they had from each teacher. There would also be no time for the teachers to plan their lessons, planning lesson on an hourly pay is not right. Oh and on top of it all, they do not provide ANY health benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Get your school cleaned properly, provide the teachers with better help, give teachers enough time to lesson plan, stop forgetting to bring children that need ice packs when hurt or to call their parents when they are sick instead of chit chatting in the office, provide employees with health benefits.

    The Goddard School Response

    Oct 17, 2017 – Manager, Interactive Media

    As the on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Southlake, TX I am saddened to receive this review. We pride ourselves on the attention, courtesy, respect and professionalism we show our... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good concept, poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Higher pay than most preschools.

    Cons

    Large class sizes, understaffed, poor communication with management, overall negative environment.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving the quality of work environment you provide and teachers might improve as well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional and Misleading Environment"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher, Prekindergarten in Strongsville, OH
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher, Prekindergarten in Strongsville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pleasant fellow employees
    Well stocked with supplies

    Cons

    Misleading business agreements
    Disrespectful management
    Misleading job/clientele advertisment

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to consider your employees when they have an issue that needs resolved. The way one speaks to their employees reflects their business practices immensely. If you disrespect your employees then do not expect them to keep their commitments.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lead teacher"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Macedonia, OH
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Macedonia, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Children are great
    Pay is decent for field

    Cons

    Management is young and unprofessional.
    Always short staffed, management will not help in classrooms
    Don't expect a bathroom break
    Teachers expected to remind management to do their jobs
    No room to move up in company
    Low pay for job expectations
    Benifiets are very high priced and not great

    Expected to do a lot of work outside of school and not compensated
    Not compensated for training
    Not offered a lot of training only mandatory
    Management shows favorism for certain employees
    Goals for students are hard to meet and not productive
    It's about looking good on paper for parents not actually teaching the children
    Building not maintained broken equipment kind of dirty.
    Not great ventilation and people are always sick

    Advice to Management

    I'd say get entirely new management

  8. Helpful (1)

    "DONT"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Cedar Park, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Cedar Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You build strong bonds with the kids

    Cons

    Feels like babysitting
    Low pay for the amount of work they expect you to do
    Almost no time for lesson planning
    SO hard to get a restroom break
    No support from admin
    Almost no benefits
    False promises

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff they are screaming for help


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Hilliard, OH
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Hilliard, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Having fun with the kids. Meeting new people getting to know the families. Friendly staff. Huge children's library good selection of books and materials.

    Cons

    No benefits low pay. Center could be cleaner. Preschool room very cluttered. No time outside of the class to work on lesson plans or assessments. No toys offered during outside play.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your teachers what they are worth.


  10. "Early Childhood Education"

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    Current Employee - Lead Pre-k Teacher in Goodyear, AZ
    Current Employee - Lead Pre-k Teacher in Goodyear, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management encourages the creation of your very own high quality curriculum that follows a monthly/weekly theme to meet the needs of the classroom. A daily report containing curriculum and pictures are sent to parents through e-mail to further engage families of their child's learning and development.

    Cons

    Watching families outgrow the school and moving on toward elementary ed.

    Advice to Management

    Engage in relationships with all employees fostering professionalism and growth in the company.