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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