As human beings, let us always strive to put on the shoe of the person we are so critical about and see how it feels when placed in the same situation. No school is perfect! If you love children, a team player and hardworking, Keene’s Elementary School is an exciting place to work.
Yes, we are an “A” school. When this principal you are bad mouthing took over this school, it was a “B” school. Lesson planning by teachers were not being enforced by that administration, neither was student data discussed to ensure better results. From the 2012-13 school year to date, this schools continues to maintain an “A” under the leadership of her administration. The reasons are that, “It takes a village to raise a child”. What this means is that, the efforts of teachers alone did not produce these results. It takes the concerted effort of all (Administrators, Teachers and Staff, (including cafeteria and custodial staff, Students, Parents, etc.) for success to be maintained.
Teachers avoid this school. The fact that we are an "A" school is merely an illusion and if the curtain was pulled back, the dysfunction that is caused by our inept administration would be exposed. The sad truth is we are an "A" school in spite of our administration not because of them. The principal is off campus almost as much as she is on campus. I'm not sure what she does when she is at school other than look out for herself and her best interests of getting promoted to the district office. When on campus it’s not uncommon for her to have the secretary take time out of their busy schedule to go get breakfast and/or lunch for her. When the secretary is too busy and not around she has had the audacity to ask custodians to do it. She's also asked them to move her car for her when it needs moving and she doesn't feel like doing it. She doesn't communicate with the teachers and then yells at them when they are not doing what she expects of them. Most good administrators
like getting input from their staff, after all you can't be an expert in everything. This lady goes out of her way to keep staff out of the loop and from providing any input of their own. If you have a difference in opinion on her vision and respectfully give your advice her reaction is equivalent to a child who throws a temper tantrum. It is unfortunately easier to just agree with her even if it is not in the best interest of the students to avoid her reactions and being put on her bad list. There is hope that she will be moved or unjustly promoted just to get her out of here. There has already been staff turnover due to her. I
also heard the community tried to push her out years ago but cannot say if that is true or not. I would not be surprised if they did since most
everything is about her and not the kids. She knows very few students by name and is usually only involved with the students if it involves a photo op. If you are a teacher looking for a school in the West Learning Community I highly recommend waiting this principal out. She will eventually get moved or promoted since unfortunately it's not always how good you are at your job in OCPS. In the meantime there are plenty of other schools in the area with more competent administrators.
This school is overcrowded and the staff and principal unable to mange it well. The traffic is a mess and seems like no one care in this school. To drop and pick your child your need 45min in the morning and even more in the afternoon. This school is a mess.
This school has 1200 students, and 10 kindergarten classes. It is way overcrowded and impossible to get your child into class on time during morning drop off unless you get to the school one hour before it opens. Picking up of children is just as chaotic and frustrating for the children as the adults. Chaotic dismissal and overcrowding of school does not make a good place for elementary students. Week one of school and already very disappointed. Thinking of a private or home schooling over this situation for my child.
We love Keenes Crossing! The teachers are so engaged and really look out for my daughter's best interests. We moved here from MD two years ago and have been amazed at the level of great education that she is receiving!
I have had 2 children at the school for a year now and absolutely loved their teachers from last year and this year! They challenge my kids and really care about them! There are also great parents! Twice parents I don't even know have helped my children. Once when my son fell of his bike and got hurt and this week a sweet parent bought my child lunch when his got ruined. I am sure like every school you may have teachers or situations that are not ideal, but this school has been great for us and the families we know also love their teachers!
This school is the cream of the crop. For the past few years I have had the wonderful pleasure of having an ESE student at Keenes Crossing Elementary School. I have been thoroughly pleased with the dedication of the teachers, the commitment of the staff and the "students first" attitude of the administration. I have never had concerns regarding my child's education and/or safety as school staff members are vigilant about education and security throughout the school campus. The Parent Organization has been extremely supportive of the school and students. Their efforts are reflected in the wonderful spirit and involvement displayed by the students and the families. I could go on and on, but there is simply not enough room and time. A quick eparting thought....when searching for a home and a school you should strongly consider a school whose administrations is award-winning caliber, a staff that is dedication and commintment lead to the best possible education I have ever seen a child receive and a school community the exudes family involvement and student succes....you should consider Keenes Crossing Elementary School! You will not be disappointed!!