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    Re: PG County Schools?
    Posted by tired of the bad rep on 2/20/09
    (28) Comments

    I am proud to say I'm a Prince George's County Teacher for
    almost 15 years -- and a graduate of the county. I have had
    many opportunities to go to other Maryland counties and have
    continued to stay with PGCPS. Why?...because I feel like I
    make a difference here!

    Prince George's County Schools offers outstanding professional
    development. It is and has always been on the cutting edge of
    new initiatives/research (hence the reason others get upset
    with the "inconsistency" of curriculum). It constantly makes
    adjustments and tries different programs in targeted schools to
    meet the needs of each individual student. It has dedicated
    staff and is doing better at "weeding out" individuals who have
    higher positions due to who they know and not what they know.

    Yes, PG county is difficult. It has a few, downright, horrible
    areas. Yes, crime is here -- and everywhere -- violence,
    drugs, etc. Yes, you will have 5 year olds who have seen way
    more inappropriate things then you have and possibly ever will
    in your life. Yes, teacher burnout is here -- and everywhere --
    it's part of being a teacher, everyone goes through it. Check
    out the Stages of a First Year Teacher by Ellen Moir....it
    doesn't just happen in PG! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...Yes, parent
    involvment is lacking in many of the counties 200+ schools, but
    realize YOU CAN'T control that AND isn't making a difference in
    a child's life why you went into teaching?

    PG county is the MOST diverse county in the state and has a lot
    to offer someone who is dedicated to a child's growth. Keep in
    mind you are here for the children and you will do fine. Don't
    be like everyone else and give up and leave because YOU
    CAN...remember our children CAN'T!

    On 2/13/09, PG Teacher wrote:
    > PG is making a lot of cuts. The district is considering
    > closing 12 schools next year as well as cutting positions.
    > Although there will most likely be jobs (I don't work in HR,
    > so I don't know for sure), your chances will improve if you
    > are actually certified.
    >
    > As far as schools go, you have to do your research. Asking
    > the principal how many positions he or she is trying to fill
    > will give you a good idea of how much turnover there is.
    > Although people leave for all sorts of reasons including
    > certification issues and spouse relocation, a school that has
    > a lot of positions to fill is usually a tough place to be. If
    > you are joining the Teaching Fellows, you don't have to worry
    > about finding a position, but will most likely be steered
    > towards the tougher schools. Do your research before. If you
    > don't like the school, consider screwing up the interview as
    > you will have to take the position if it is offered.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On 1/15/09, Interested in PG wrote:
    >> Are a lot of people applying to work in this school system?
    >> Is there anyone currently teaching here?
    >>
    >> I am graduating in May and I am applying to the PG Teaching
    >> Fellows for the 2009-10 school yr and I know it is
    >> predominately urban area, I grew up in the DC metro area,
    >> so I know the demographic. I just wanted to hear from those
    >> who are already working in this school system.

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  • PG County Schools?, 1/15/09, by Interested in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 1/15/09, by ali.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 1/15/09, by K.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 1/27/09, by Currently Working in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 1/27/09, by need a job.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 1/29/09, by MM.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/05/09, by Interested in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/05/09, by teaching/ living in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/09/09, by JK.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/10/09, by Interested in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/13/09, by PG Teacher.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/20/09, by tired of the bad rep.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/20/09, by Get over it, PG sucks!.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/25/09, by and now we see .
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 2/25/09, by :).
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 3/24/09, by SLP in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 3/27/09, by If you know so much then you should also know that....
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 3/28/09, by another job seeker.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 3/29/09, by SLP in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 3/30/09, by My experience with Fellows programs this year.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 3/31/09, by Interested in PG.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 4/09/09, by Also Interested In PG Fellows Program.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 4/09/09, by Teeeeeeee heeeeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaa haaaa haaaa hoooo.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 4/09/09, by What is the highest salary u heard of for 1st yr teacher? .
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 4/11/09, by gotta love pg.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 4/14/09, by JK.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 5/23/11, by dauis.
  • Re: PG County Schools?, 5/23/11, by dauis.