Initially, a great work environment.
Pros: excellent health benefits.
Cons: the present management has made many changes, that are not beneficial to children or staff.
The School District of Philadelphia, since the School Reform Commission took the reins, has changed drastically, primarily within the last 5 years. With budget cuts and new policies, it has become a difficult environment, for children to learn and grow. I truly enjoyed teaching; it is my calling. I loved watching children blossom into well-rounded, intelligent young people, whose creative abilities were just as important as their analytical skills. I believed in teaching the "whole child," as many of my colleagues did, and still do.