Pros: learning experience, professional development opportunities
Cons: high expectations without support, no staff input in school-wide decisions, pto funding not going towards the needs of the teachers
In my three years with LCPS I have had nothing but a great working experience. Overall LCPS really cares about their teachers and depending on the school you work at, it can be a rewarding career choice.
The school that I worked at was a high-performing school where the administration had high expectations for student success. In the primary grades the focus, of course, is on advancing students' reading and in 3rd-5th it was preparing them for the SOLs. I've learned a lot from working here both on a professional and personal level. I've gained good in-classroom experiences, learned the balance of parent communication and involvement, collaborating on a team, etc.
I would say that the hardest part of the job was having such high expectations placed on teachers without any clear support or ways to assist the teachers to meet those goals. Often times teachers will receive poor observations due to these expectations of teacher performance- but if guidance and support were given, many of those 'areas of improvement' would be, in fact, improved.
The most enjoyable part of the job was, of course, the families and children you get to interact with for the year. I enjoyed creating fun and engaging lesson plans and seeing the learning going on in the classroom. There's nothing better than having a student or a parent express to you how much their child enjoys your class or that this year they've made a 180 degree turn from the previous year. Those are the things that make the 'hardest part of the job' seem better and get you through the year.