Pros: lots of funding compared to other districts, lots of pd opportunities, educationally-minded community, limited tuition assistance
Cons: lots of paperwork, high anxiety problem among students, lots of pressure from community, only three personal days a year that roll into sick leave, lack of educational freedom and creativity
Your experience will vary greatly depending on is you work for the county, at a specific school, or teach in a specific subject area.
When working with teachers from other schools, I always got the impression that my principal was more flexible and understanding. I've enjoyed working for my administration team. They're mostly helpful and good listeners – more... and usually have teachers' backs.
The hardest part about the job is the work/life balance. If you want to be a good teacher, it's like you have to give up your life 10 months of the year. There is a lot of paperwork and meetings I didn't have in other school districts. Get involved, but keep yourself first.
Communication from the county to the school administration to the teachers is terrible! There are often opportunities to voice your opinion or send a representative, but sometimes it feels like it's just for show because we often don't get a compromise or a response about why a compromise is not possible. Expectations are not communicated clearly. Many teachers have the impression that no one at the county level makes decisions, so we walk around not knowing what is expected of us. We just try to teach as best we can and hope it suffices. The handling of the new state-required evaluation process has been a failure, but I think this year is kind of being treated as a "let's see how it goes." The nature of the evaluation forced me to have a lower evaluation than last year, just because that's how it is. That's not their fault though-- that came from the state.
The best part is having lots of professional development opportunities if you search or ask for them. They've also begun assisting with tuition for continuing education-- something is better than nothing. I don't expect a raise any time soon. – less