About

Teaching at Woodward

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As a faculty member of the Academy, we ask that all teachers go through the certification process. Below are some of the benefits full-time* faculty-staff members qualify for. (Eligible for health and voluntary benefits begin on your hire date.)

  1. Medical Insurance is provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. The Academy pays 100% of the single premium for each full time employee.  If family coverage is desired, the employee pays that portion of the premium through payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis.
  2. Dental Insurance is provided through Assurant. The Academy pays 100% of the single premium for each full time employee who elects the dental DHMO plan (allows you to choose a dentist from the directory list). The Dental ASO plan gives the option of choosing your own dentist with a deductible and benefits which are paid on a percentage basis. The premium for this plan is shared by each full time employee and Woodward Academy for a cost through payroll deduction. If family coverage is desired, the employee pays that portion of the premium through payroll deduction. Any required payroll deduction will be paid on a pre-tax basis.
  3. Vision Insurance is provided through Eyecare Plan of America (Eyemed). The Academy pays 100% of the single premium for each full time employee. If family coverage is desired, the employee pays that portion of the premium through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis.
  4. Life Insurance/Accidental Death or Dismemberment is through UnumProvident for each employee. For details and additional coverage, current employees can go to the Academy's Intranet. The additional premium will be paid through payroll deduction on post-tax basis.
  5. Disability - Short Term allows all full time employees the ability to purchase short-term disability coverage through UnumProvident. For more details, current employees can go to the Academy's Intranet.
  6. Disability - Long Term allows all full time employees the ability to purchase long-term disability coverage through Guardiam.  For more details, current employees can go to the Academy's Intranet.

Please note:

  • As a new employee if you do not enroll within 30 days of first becoming eligible for health coverage and you apply for coverage at a later date, the insurance company, at their sole discretion, may refuse coverage based on an employee’s medical history. In addition, if the insurance company does allow coverage to a late enrollee, pre-existing medical conditions may be subject to limited coverage under the plan.
  • Employees who do not choose to enroll in any of the voluntary benefit programs at the time that they are first eligible, must wait for the next “Re-enrollment” period to apply for coverage. Re-enrollment is generally held once a year in September with prior notification to employees.
  • Also, if you choose to withhold medical, dental and/or vision premiums on a pre-tax basis, you cannot revoke or change this election during the Plan Year unless there is a qualifying “Status change”. This restriction is imposed by the IRS.
  1. Credit Unions: Employees also qualify to join Fulton Teachers’ Credit Union or Delta Community Credit Union
  2. Direct Deposit: Automatic Payroll Deposit is required into your personal checking or savings account on payday.
  3. Retirement Plan: Woodward Academy’s 403(b) is provided by TIAA/CREF. Your taxable income is reduced by the amount you contribute through salary deferral; this in turn reduces your current federal and state income taxes. You do not pay taxes on this deferred income until you start drawing benefits from your account upon retirement. All employees who work a minimum of 1,040 hours per year may join TIAA-CREF at any time. At the beginning of your third year of employment, (for full time employees), Woodward will match contributions up to 6% of your salary. You may choose from different investment options but Woodward only matches your contribution with TIAA-CREF.
  4. Section 125 Cafeteria Plan – Health Insurance Premiums and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account:  This plan allows a full time employee to pay for any health insurance premiums and/or day care expenses through a licensed provider with pre-tax dollars throughout the year. The employee is required to renew the dependent Care Reimbursement Account on October 1st every year. You must wait until the next October 1st date to enroll if you waive your opportunity to participate in the Dependent Care Reimbursement Account. For more details, current employees can go to the Academy's Intranet.
  5. Vacation:  Vacation benefits are provided to full time employees (excluding teaching faculty and contracted instructional support personnel) and to part-time employees on a prorated basis. Employees earn vacation benefits from their first day of work. For more details, current employees can go to the Academy's Intranet.
  6. Sick/Personal Days: Sick/Personal days are provided to full time employees calculated on their full time equivalency (FTE). Teaching faculty and contracted support personnel will accrue 10 days times their FTE per year (August through May).

*full time employee - any employee working a minimum of 30 hours per week