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Vancouver Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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  1. "Vsd excellent organization to work for"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Training opportunities and reimbursement for these trainings is an excellent opportunity for keeping current with up to date methodology. Staff are supportive of one another.

    Cons

    Classes too crowded and/or too many demands for full time teachers. Too many demands for record keeping that take us away from students.

    Advice to Management

    More support needs to be given to teachers who suffer from burnout


  2. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Subject Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Subject Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great school to work for a beautiful facility as much administrative support.

    Cons

    Having to travel from Gresham Oregon to Washington to work.

    Advice to Management

    Nine. They're doing a great job.

  3. "Tough work environment due to many disgruntled employees and lack of professionalism."

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

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Some good people to work with there. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Most employees work at a slow pace and don't have the skills required to complete their jobs. Training is weak at best.

    Advice to Management

    Get better leadership in place. Establish formalized training. Encourage teamwork. Hold people accountable for job performance


  4. "Special Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The district provides adequate pay and benefits.

    Cons

    The work environment is very stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Increase new teacher mentoring


  5. "Special Ed Paraeducator"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers, caring communities within and around schools.

    Cons

    HR very removed, low pay for required education, low pay transparency


  6. "Theater Department"

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

    Pros

    Great community
    Great bosses
    Fun culture
    New cost of living benefits!

    Cons

    Working with students
    Very conservative; there is no budget

    Advice to Management

    Censorship can go to far! At least unblock Dailymail.co.uk


  7. "Paraeducator"

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

    Pros

    Great pay, hours, people, first job.

    Cons

    Favoritism. Senior management has their favorites, and if you're not one of them you don't matter.

  8. "Beware locking yourself in to sub work."

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    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Paraeducator in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was easy to get hired on as a sub, and I worked with many wonderfully competent teachers and paras for kids with special needs.

    Cons

    Some substitute teachers were totally unqualified to handle special needs classrooms and let the kids go without schedules or guidance at all.
    Once you're hired as a sub, you have to stay long enough at one school to get an administrator to recommend you. Good luck if you work exclusively short-term gigs or at a school where the administrator quits. If you find yourself in this spot, you're effectively *barred* from permanent employment till you can get an endorsement--even if you've got recommendations from teachers and former employers. Better not to sub at all if you know you're going for a permanent positions soon.

    Advice to Management

    Include an "administrator approval" exception for people that subbed in short-term positions exclusively and/or have recommendations from teachers they worked with.


  9. "Positive and rewarding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    Strong administration and student morale. Campus is safe and students have opportunities for growth in various areas.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and changing policies to navigate through. Curriculum is not always connected to meet best needs of students.

    Advice to Management

    Need to analyze changing technology environments and adapt teaching strategies to fit students.


  10. "High quality professional development for teachers"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Vancouver Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable management and staff. Great place to work part time as a student because they are very flexible when it comes to scheduling.

    Cons

    There aren't many Downsides other than the obvious fact that you need to either be a licensed teacher or a student currently enrolled in VPS to qualify for a majority of the jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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