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.
These programs include but not limited to Maker Space, STEM, Rube Goldberg, Chess Club, News Spotlight Crew, Gifted Program (one of the best in the District). The gifted students were also involved in FSA (Future Problem Solvers of America) and their efforts took them to compete internationally. On some mornings, before school starts, this principal and her assistant principal can be found playing chess with students of all ages to improve their problem solving skills.
Instead of this teacher only writing negative statements, how about some positive statements about programs that have been implemented since this principal’s arrival at this school? Despite the fact that she is not the first principal since the inception of the school; it was through her initiative that a fence was built around the school for the safety and security of our students and staff. Programs that were introduced by this administration have benefited our students greatly, giving our students a lead technologically.
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!