Horrible workplace, teachers mean nothing
High School English Teacher (Former Employee) – East Palo Alto, CA – January 7, 2019
I had anxiety working there. Cat-y staff, everything is your fault, training is superficial and doesnt relate to the real situation, and as someone else pointed out, the kids get away with murder. There are some great kids, but some are just constantly excused for everything and there is not accountability. They are pushed through the system so that the school keeps receiving funding.
Oh, and the curriculum is prescribed so you have no creative freedom. Instead you are supposed to follow checklists over checklists because what is more important is how your classroom is set up and that you don't get kids in trouble and keep them inside the classroom, even if they are loud, swear, walk around, insult you, disrupt other kids learning, or even get into fights.
The raise from a year to year is 400 max. They get you by promising growth opportunities but those either never fully happen or you are just critiqued and so say bye bye to any other raises for "evolving as a teacher"
Superficial Colleagues, everything else