Teachers leaving because they "were not meeting the high expectations" is completely incorrect. Teachers leave because they realize they are better off elsewhere, where they are not being bullied by immature teachers and admin who only care about moving up the MCPS ladder rather than the best interest of the kids. MANY MANY MANY wonderful teachers leave this school each and every year. The ones who have been here longer than 4-5 years have found a way to survive, and that means major "brown-nosing."
Weller Road is no doubt a challenging place to work. This is how any meaningful workplace should be. The primary focus is clearly about students and their success and that means holding us accountable as teachers. I've seen teachers come and go, but it has always been clear why they've left - they were not meeting the high expectations that are in place. Yes - it's a lot of work, but I wouldn't expect it to be easy. Our profession is not about easy, it's about making an impact. Weller is a place for people who are about the work.
This administration at this school has created a climate of anxiety and fear with a "gotcha" attitude that makes very few teachers stay past the required two years. The kids and families are wonderful, but until a new administration takes over, they will never get the consistency they need.
My experience working at Weller Road has been exceptional! I've grown as a teacher and professional with the support of everyone at the school, especially Principal Simmons. There are high expectations for staff and students, emphasis on data-driven instruction, and shared leadership. Student success clearly drives the way the school functions.
How is the administration of this school not under investigation by MCPS. There is obviously something not right here. This place is a revolving door for teachers. Each year, atleast a dozen teachers leave and are replaced by teachers new to the county or new to teaching--who haven’t heard (been warned) to stay clear of this school.
Please don’t take this lightly because I cannot warn you enough, don’t apply here! If you don’t trust this posting just ask teachers who have taught in MCPS, they’ll tell you.
Weller Road Elementray is a wonderful school. I have had 3 of my children go to this school. The teachers are amazing and always have the children's best interest at heart. Even the crossing guards are great. We have been to many school functions and the school is evolving into a great neighborhood school. Which means the neighborhood is getting stronger and creating relationships for both the children and parents.
The school building was brand new for the 2013-14 school year - wonderful facilities, and a safe school. The principal and staff are helpful, effective, and responsive. The test scores for this school have to be taken with a grain of salt - in most of the households in this neighborhood, english is a second language. There's a strong community outreach, though, and parent participation the likes of which you probably can't find anywhere else. The school regularly hosts activities and seminars for parents to encourage learning outside the classroom - always very well attended. You can certainly find some unevenness in the quality of the faculty, but overall, we've been pleased. Students are often grouped according to ability for a portion of the school week, so the teachers aren't always teaching to the struggling students. This school (as all MoCo schools) uses Curriculum 2.0. We think this approach to teaching and evaluation has it's flaws - and we'd rather see a more traditional approach applied in the early years - but the emphasis on reading and math is still central, and the teachers are dedicated to making it work.
For my overall experience, I'll have to say Weller Road E.S. is a school you would want to send your children to. I have two boys that are attending and they love going to school whenever I would have a problem of any matter that would be affecting there concentration I would call the office and they would help me out with what my concerns and what action would be taken in . When we moved and we told our sons that they would no longer be attending Weller road they felt out of place sad and depress at the new school towards also the whole waitmg period until we decide that they had to be return to where they felt like home secure and safe and full of joy and happiness ! Now my third son is excited bc he might attend next school year . Also they have workshops for parents which is good and if you don't know English which helps us as a parent understand our kids and help them with their homework assignment which is what any parent would want. "Congrats Weller road for an outstanding school an a new school for any parent to send there child/ children too!!!!! No complaints about the staff or anyone else !!!!! :)