Compensation and Benefits Good, Everything else Lacking
Substitute Teacher (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – January 23, 2018
Work/Life Balance is poor (though teachers must leave work at school and leave on-time in order for a great Work/Life Balance, unlike me).
Compensation/Benefits are better than public school, no matter the job position. This is a huge plus about KIPP.
Job Security/Advancement is good. Teachers are generally in high demand due to rampant attrition in the Education field.
Management is spotty. As with any population, there are excellent people in this group, and not-so-excellent. At first administration seemed fantastic, but after a time it began to micro-manage excessively. Secondly, instead of supporting the educated trained professional instructors, administration would instead place blame upon them for issues with student behavior, performance, assessment.
Job Culture is poor. A few teachers and office staff will warm up to others after a time, while the majority are stand-offish, rude, or ignore others completely. Granted, this may be normal to most, but there are campuses and schools with a warm, welcoming environment in which everyone is made to feel a part of the group. KIPP Austin Vista was not one such campus.