Neither owner or principal of the school have any experience in education.
There is an AC unit in each class, a teacher is allowed to use when it is too cold or hot
All teachers are paid 1000 euros regardless of experience and/ or education
No lunch time for primary teachers
No school lunch for teachers
No rotations for duty while primary students have recess
Teachers cover their utilities which is around 50-80 euros a month
Out of about 100 students at school 15 of them are owner family children, who do not pay tuition and bring family power into class.
Principal of school has no experience or proper training in either teaching or managing the school.
No professional collaboration or cooperation within the school.
Teachers are constantly rotating, being hired, leaving, being fired, during a school year, and teachers are not informed about anything.
There are No teachers meetings to avoid any discussion of management’s decisions
Decisions for field trips or changes in the schedules pop up at the last minute by owner of the school Alma Mulaj, making teachers adjust their teaching plans depending on the mood of the owner.
Food at school’s cafeteria is unhealthy, based on mainly so called hamburger with french fries, with no meat. There were days when students were fed with just steamed rice and beans and a glass of water.
School events could be counted on fingers of one hand. Regardless the purpose of the event table of cakes, ice-cream and other unhealthy food and drinks would be served for students and parents only. Teachers are not invited.
The School avoids paying for mistakes it causes itself. Ex: The School bought my end of year airfare ticket which is not suitable for a non-EU citizen or a non-holder of a Schengen visa, with stops in two EU countries and taking almost 2 days to complete the trip. When I tried to check-in, the airlines informed me that I can not fly with this ticket. There were three office workers in the school office when I returned to school the next morning to request a useable ticket. None of them, Todd Combs, Kelly or Arta, even thought to say sorry for causing me so much trouble. Todd Combs, the School principal yelled at me saying “shut up” and “get out” when I asked for the school to buy me another ticket. I was lucky to have a parent of my student next to me, otherwise I think he would have been physical.
It is an accountant, either Arta or Kelly, who decides whether a student should take ESL classes or not. The Homeroom teacher is not considered as a source of information at all.
Todd Combs checks students’ textbooks from time to time to see if the teacher is covering all the topics and the pages are filled up in every textbook. The entire teaching expectation is based on following page by page, cover to cover of the textbook. Teachers are not allowed to check for understanding or take extra time to help ELL’s as they work through textbooks designed for native English speakers. They must finish the books, no matter what.
There are no study resources at all to teach Math, Science or English on Primary levels apart from textbooks.
There is a computer room but computers are outdated, not working and used only to take MAP tests. Any initiative of a teacher to teach IT skills to primary class students is cut down to avoid extra expenses to maintain the computers and electricity usage.
There is a small library at school but no regulations for how the books are used and/or leveling the books.
Teachers are split by those who are close to the “office people” and those who are not. Those who are “office-friendly” would be informed in person of upcoming events and news. Other teachers would be informed about changes over email which would be sent 5 min prior to the change.