There are numerous benefits to sending your children to an independent school, but one that you may not have considered is job satisfaction. Happy teachers make happy students and happy students learn best. Today, the Baltimore Sun came out with its list of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces and, of the 80 employers to make the grade, eight are private schools. Furthermore, three earned special honors for Meaningfulness, Direction and Training.
Earning first place in the midsize category (150-399 employees) was McDonogh School, which also stood out for “Direction.” In a Sun article about the survey, Headmaster Charlie Britton is quoted as saying, “He avoids creating a top-down atmosphere. McDonogh is a school where ideas bubble up and where the faculty and the students often come up with the greatest ideas.”
Roland Park Country School (RPCS) took fourth place among midsize companies and earned recognition for “Training.” As one employee commented in the survey, “I love that my colleagues are my friends, and that I am always learning from them and with them. I love my students who inspire me, make me laugh and who keep me young.”
Placing No. 8 out of 20 in the midsize category was Loyola Blakefield. The proof of job satisfaction at the Jesuit school is in longevity. One-third of the 150 faculty and staff members have been at the school 15 or more years. It was Loyola’s second year on the list.
Of the 50 small employers (50-149 employees) on Baltimore’s Top Workplaces list five private schools made the grade. Archbishop Spalding, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), and The Catholic High School of Baltimore, all of which made the 2011 list, took the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 39 spots respectively. As one Spalding teacher stated, “Teaching at Spalding is the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done.”
The faculty at NDP feel their work is supported by the administration saying, “We are doing important work with bright, motivated young women. I love seeing how excited the teachers and students are about learning and growing each day.”
New to the 2012 list were Jemicy School and the Institute of Notre Dame. Placing No. 16 on the list, Jemicy also received a special honor for “Meaningfulness.” The school specializes in “educating students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences.”