For me working as a Teacher Assistant can be a dream job simply because of the kids' lives that I get to touch and for the amount of teamwork and professionalism that is demonstrated throughout the school. This is honestly the first job that I've been on where I'm not annoyed by the thought of going to work the next day. I truly love what I do despite it being challenging and stressful at times however, even with a college degree the pay is terrible. It almost makes you feel as if going to college wasn't worth it.
Holiday breaks and Summer off with pay
Low pay for a stressful job, Very little parental insight and involvement
Teacher (Current Employee) – Charleston, SC – January 31, 2018
Charleston County School District is one of the few districts in the state that is not accredited. The superintendent and board are only interested in furthering their own careers at the expense of the teachers and students.
I Started working for the district because I have been working for the school system for over 20 years and loved it because when my children were little I needed to be there for them. over all I would go back if I could
Special Education Teacher (Current Employee) – Charleston, SC – November 28, 2017
On atypical work day I encounter 1500 students and deal with their different personalities and problem solve for the throughout the day. I work wit 105 teachers in the building and collaborate closely with 12 on a daily basis. I mentor new teachers and direct a teacher support group for them. I am chair person of the school climate and culture committee. The most enjoyable part of my job is interacting with the students.
I had a calling to work with special needs children
Teacher (Former Employee) – Charleston, SC – November 14, 2017
Teaching is not a career that provides the benefits or income to successfully support a family if you are the main provider. I had to leave the profession to provide for my family, prepare college funds and develop long term security for my children.
This school district has a proven track record of unfair practices such as racism, etc. Discipline is not equitable among schools. Many of the schools are Title 1 with little to no support for the teachers and staff.
Very skilled teachers, good professional development
Administrators do not support the staff, unsafe workplace
Secretary II (Former Employee) – Charleston, SC – September 6, 2017
Stressful district to work in, due to differences between administration and community. Constant turmoil. First 2 years were okay, then the pay cuts started in the form of furloughs and across the board cuts.
CCSD is a district going through numerous changes with in the last two years. The pay is very low. Hourly employees are only paid for nine months. There is no room for advancement. Working with children and watching them grow into our future leaders is the only rewards of this job.
IT Field Technician Contractor (Current Employee) – Charleston, SC – August 26, 2017
Working at Charleston County School District as an IT Technician can be stressful, especially during August and September. However, the lack of communication between departments and chain of command just makes it worse. The job isn't bad, however it doesn't feel like much advancement is possible.
Teacher (Former Employee) – throughout the district – August 14, 2017
You must be willing to give everything to the job but the trade off is time off. I have been teaching in many different capacities for 40 years and the demands have changed. The children have made it an awesome career.
The Charleston County School District has historically been mismanaged. The teachers are woefully underpaid, over-worked, and are being more and more scrutinized solely based on standardized test scores.