This is simply a warning to anyone thinking of working at this school for the first time. Basically, all the teachers who want to work in a good, honest, positive environment have left (at least 80% in the past year and a half). The few who are staying are the ones, and there are always a few in every company, who believe that they are favorited and protected by admin for whatever reason. I taught at this school for several years and never would have chosen to leave if it wasn't unbearable to work with the current administration. The students are basically good and, for a DPS middle school, it's a good school. However, the administration is the worst I've ever seen. They are dishonest, demoralizing, ruthless, condescending, and they lack communication and people skills. However, the principal is such a great salesman that you won't believe these things at first. Give it time, however, and you will see what I'm talking about. Heed this warning and try to work somewhere else. Hill is not a good place to be right now.
Please do not accept a job offer from this school, especially if you live out of state. As someone who has done so, I want to caution others against upheaving their lives for what will likely be the most unpleasant experience of your teaching career. The turnover over the last 1.5 years is all the evidence you need.
Hill is a great school! It is by far one of the best traditional middle schools in DPS. The leadership team has great vision and enthusiasm. The entire building staff (not just teachers) truly cares about students and creating an environment that is challenging, nurturing, safe & fun. Change can be challenging for the entire community, and not without it's positives and negatives. Hill has historically been a good school, continues to be a good school, and will be a GREAT school under the new administration.
The principal painted all the walls but then my teachers couldn't make copies because they didnt have enough money for paper. Where did all the money for the paint come from? They play the worst music ever for announcements and i'm pretty sure its a religoius song because they talk about being a twinkle in gods eye which i think isnt cool
I think the teachers in the building care deeply about creating this kind of mindset, but when your teaching staff is demoralized and frustrated it makes it difficult to model this behavior for students 100% of the time.
When your administration is full of bullies your students emulate that behavior. The administration only cares about certain students and this creates favoritism that is obvious to everyone observing. When you have a person who is not a good person at the helm, you cannot have good leadership and modeling of behavior.