J'ai travaillé chez Two Roads à temps partiel (Plus de 3 ans)
Small class size which is going to be increased in the range of 10 to 20 students. It makes things a lot easier to have a small classroom. The home schooled students can be a dream come true for the most part.
Administration will back up "teacher favorites" and not other teachers when there are issues with students. If a parent complains, then the administrator will let the teacher know in the vaguest terms, that a complaint was made and will offer no advice or support in handling these matters. This way the teachers' hands are tied and he or she cannot address the situation because the student or parent is an unknown. Most teachers are part timers with no benefits. Administration seems to try to placate parents when a student is doing poorly in a class and use the "blame the teacher approach". In previous years, there were as many as 60 teachers and only a small number were retained. 14 teachers and staff members left in May 2014 out of a total of 38 teachers and staff. One person was fired, and 13 left voluntarily or did not have their contracts renewed. The administration was hard on teachers it did not like. I was told to "dumb down" examinations by including the answers of the test in the test and to give little homework, if any. Teachers who left were not given exit interviews by administration. If the administration did not like a given teacher, that teacher may not be able to find a job anywhere else because the teacher would not be given a decent recommendation for a subsequent job.
An excellent n computer science and Lego robotics instructor with 15 years of experience was give a "Tier 1" or brand new teacher salary. This teacher could not afford to work at Two Roads because the teacher spent 400 dollars a month in gas and so this person left after one year.
As one might find in the traditional school system, a small number of kids have "mommy enablers" who blame the teachers if the kid does not do the work or is having difficulty. There may be learning issues here that the parents refuse to address and will not allow the child to be tested. This can be difficult to address.
Do not try to teach too much here: I was advised that I should expect to cover only 60% of an academic course content in a year as contrasted to the 80% figure most teacher strive for.
Conseils à la direction
Management may or may not support teachers; management needs to support teachers. Mentor teachers did not mentor, ever. Mentor teachers need to mentor. Salary is poor and this needs to be addressed. Most teachers are part time with no benefits with a low part time salary, say 10 to 18 hours. No salary for teacher prep time, just pay for the hours teaching, nothing for preparation.
J'ai travaillé chez Two Roads en contrat permanent (Plus de 5 ans)
Two Roads is full of wonderful people who truly care about the children they serve. The other teachers are easy to work with, the administration is approachable and very open to suggestions, and the families are, for the most part, sweet and caring. A teacher has a lot of freedom to tailor curriculum to his or her preferences, and there are many opportunities to get involved in other areas of the school.
Pay at TRCS is currently set at 6% below district level, which means that even if you can get full-time work here, the pay is low. Because of how small the school is, most teachers - especially outside of the core subjects - will not be able to work full-time hours, and will have to cobble together as many different sections and preps as they can to make ends meet.
Conseils à la direction
Honestly, I feel free to share my advice directly with the administration at this school. However, I do think more opportunities for professional development within each separate department would be valuable.
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