Police Investigator/Counselor (Current Employee), Prince George's County Maryland – December 3, 2014
Pros: immediate supervisor
Cons: salaries and advancement opportunites
The entire system is going through a transitional period. My day is dictated by the immediate needs of my department. My immediate Supervisor and Director are extremely knowledgeable and supportive. My co-workers are professional and we work well as a team.The hardest part of my job is getting to work; the traffic is horrible just about every day. I – more... enjoy working with the youth and assisting them in being successful in their endeavors. – less
Pros: fairly regular work hours, good benefits, extra holidays
Cons: some people not working well as team, bad unions
Oracle is a database system that is not well-suited for a public educational setting. Everything had to be customized to such an extent that the continuous upgrades to the system (quarterly when I was involved) were much too complicated and often became quite unmanageable. I often felt like what we were doing was pounding a square peg into a round hole – more... and most of the time making even the slightest change to the system would set the whole system out of whack and cause major disruptions in service to customers. I worked largely with Benefits and this was not a user-friendly Oracle package at all - at least not for the needs of our school system. Very often a lot of extra time had to be taken to fix problems in the system that were caused weeks, months or years prior; some due to human error but many because of the inflexibility of the Oracle database itself. I think our previous COBOL-based home-grown system, in spite of the manual work involved, was more suited to the needs of our school system. – less
Kindergarten Teacher (Current Employee), Maryland – August 10, 2014
• Participated in faculty meetings, as well as parent teacher conferences, SIT and IEP meetings • Developed and implemented creative daily and unit lesson plans for a predominately ESOL classroom • Conducted whole group, as well as small group, activities in math, reading and writing • Created behavior management systems that informed parents of child’s – more... progress • Administered tests and evaluations to monitor growth – less
Classroom Teacher Panorama Elementary School (Former Employee), Upper Marlboro, MD – June 9, 2014
Pros: free lunch, free parking, paid holidays, professional staff
Cons: lunch duty
I enjoy education and thus, the opportunity to educate students in any capacity. The county provided a multitude of academic materials that supported my classroom goals, classroom management and meeting educational objectives.
The schools' principal was supportive and patient with not just staff but parents and all levels of educators.
Teaching is – more... the most rewarding experience. – less
Interim Director of Transportation (Acting) (Former Employee), Upper Marlboro, MD – May 20, 2014
Pros: benefit packages
Oversaw a staff of 2,000 members. This department was in the top 10 of school bus fleets in the nation under my directorship. We provided efficient trasportation to students, which aided in their educational and instructional development. This was one of the most memorable and self fulfilling positions in my work career. It help the development of the – more... children of our future. – less
Ninth Grade Academy Coordinator/US History Teacher (Current Employee), Upper Marlboro, MD – May 20, 2014
Pros: relationships with students and community involvement
Cons: policy and procedure
Working with Prince George's County Schools has been satisfying mainly because of my love for the profession. I have played dual roles in each school where I have worked both as a teacher in the classroom and as a team leader of teachers. My typical day at work is usually non-stop. From the time I walk in the doors, I am moving and shaking. Most days – more... I arrive early to prepare for programs I've organized that week and stay late grading papers and writing lesson plans. While I truly enjoy the middle school child, I am able to branch out in the high school environment because of the many extracurricular activities that take place.
The easiest part of my job is being in the classroom with my students and the hardest part of my job is the inconsistencies across the county in terms of implementing policy and procedures.
While the county is innovative, it usually does not keep a program for more than 2-3 years to collect efficient data for analysis of its effectiveness. – less
Outstanding School System considering size and scop of geographic area.
Art Teacher (Former Employee), Upper Marlboro, MD – May 7, 2014
Pros: good people, good staff support, good students overall.
Cons: salaries could be better. security could be a little tighter.
Prince George's County Schools is a remarkable school system considering the size and scope of the geographic area it covers. The educational program is superior to many smaller, equal, and larger school systems where I have taught in over thirty years of teaching. Excellent staff development support and overall structure. I would recommend this school – more... system to anyone living and working in the Prince George's County area. I miss working there - Overall good students and parent support. Of course, there are problems like in any school system, but this school system rides the tide and continues to impress me. – less
Custodian Supervisor (Current Employee), Bladensburg MD – April 28, 2014
Pros: benefit plan
Cons: union doesn't stand in unity with workers
A typical day at work as a custodian with PGCPS is generally repetitive. The staff depending on where you are located can be truly unappreciative. Some co-workers are really about doing the job but often the supervisors have bad peolpe skills and do not wish to work but instead just give orders. This is the type of job that works better if everyone – more... does their part. If you come in contact with good superiors then i would advise you to stay there. – less
Elementary classroom teacher (Current Employee), Central Prince George County – April 23, 2014
Cons: no support. teachers do not stay.
I am very confused of all the high ratings and great compliments this district received. As I am reading through them, I keep on asking myself if we are talking about the same district. I am a first year teacher at PG County that transferred from another state. With all the new changes this district is going through it has caused a lot of confusion – more... and a high amount of work for teachers causing us to feel like we are back in college plus having a full time job. Coming from another state, it's very difficult for me not to compare and I look forward to moving to another district. There is no support from administration, even though they had told me in my interview that I would have a mentor. Very low staff with large classroom sizes. They put all the special needs students in my class with hardly any Special Ed help (I see the Spec. Ed. teacher every other day and they pull out the students for 30minutes a day). If you want to work in an environment where you are on your own with no support, this is the district for you. However, I recommend you to look elsewhere. If you still don't believe me listen to this: HALF OF THE TEACHERS AT MY SCHOOL ARE LEAVING OR TRANSFERRING. – less