Pretty much the worst place ever
Witheld for privacy (Former Employee) – Witheld for privacy – March 27, 2019
If you are looking to begin your teaching career in Springfield, DO NOT. Go far away. This place is a cesspool of nepotism and self-serving administration. My classroom was 45 degrees once and I got written up by my principal for letting students wear their coats. If they decide they don't like you, they WILL torpedo your career. And Springfield has such a stigma that no other teaching job wants to hire me.
I learned what NOT to do as a leader from my time at SPS. A typical day at work consists of you being bullied by your admin, administering the standardized tests they require (seriously twice a month on an already-tight schedule to provide data that leadership never looks at).
The hardest part of the job was managing the mental illnesses I developed due to the high stress and unpredictability of SPS.
Summers are nice, but they pay is so low that you'll probably have to get a summer job. If you have savings, you might be okay, but teachers are not known for being flush with cash.
Plus, our union is worthless and let leadership continue to act as they have been. So a pro has been losing $70/paycheck for a union that does not do anything to support me.
TL;DR: Stay away. Stay far away. Do not even CONSIDER working here. Seriously, I would advise you to change careers before I'd tell you to work here.
They pay me. Most times.
Crippling anxiety, self-serving leadership, only teachers truly care for the students