Great collegiality, good students, poor upper administrators after 2010.
Teacher/Department Chairperson Social Studies (Former Employee) – CA – April 16, 2013
The students are great, the collegiality terrific, but management beginning in 2010-2011 at the high school went seriously downhill. They treated teachers as idiots, they were vindictive and unconstructive. Superintendent was also anti-teacher and more interested in making her resume look good than better student performance. All the talk about helping the average to slightly below average student was pure propaganda, since all efforts went into simply increasing AP enrollments at the expense of a skill-based education that could lead to a job. There is nothing wrong great preparation for college, but there are other kids too, most of them with "great heart" and motivation if their education would be more practically oriented. Co-workers are terrific, administrative bureaucracies look out for themselves more than students and teachers. They were/are political creatures trying to sell a commodity, not educate students. The most enjoyable part of the job was exciting students to learn and open up their horizons. The hardest part of the job was jumping through administrative hoops which almost never aided my teaching.