Sunday, February 22, 2009

2008-2009 Overview

August 29, 2008

During a Faculty Conference Assistant Principal Roy Zippo states that no students are to be allowed to go to the bathroom periods 1 and 8 unless its an emergency. I ask a question about allowing student with bathroom emergencies to leave without a pass. Principal P tells me to stop interrupting the Faculty Conference.(See Post February 22, 2009 "Bathroom Emergencies)

September 2, 2008

I explain “Bathroom Rule” to students. They may leave without a pass if they have an emergency, but if they abuse this privilege, or if I think they are sick, I will notify their parents. We discuss various illness that could make a person need to go to the bathroom more often: diabetes, bladder and kidney problems.

September 8, 2008

Students from class 7H call out the word “CHEESEBURGER” over and over again as I lead them out of the building during a fire drill.

September 9, 2008

A student in 7I throws ink all over two other students, the floor, and the walls.

September 11, 2008

1. Science department meeting with Betty Rotula. I am not allowed to comment or ask questions.

2. Meeting with A.P. Ron Zippo to discuss my actions and behavior on August 29, 2008. Union Rep. Claude Baker present. I am accused of being unprofessional because I asked about rules for bathroom emergencies. (See Post February 22, 2009 "Bathroom Emergencies")

3. Three boys from class 7H have a bathroom emergency at the same time during eighth period . I allow them to leave without a pass and make a note on the section sheet.

September 12, 2008

In a letter dated Sept. 12. Mr. Zippo makes the following conclusion “…you demonstrated unprofessional conduct by interrupting the staff presentation at the meeting. Your actions set a poor example of behavior and decorum for others.” (See Post February 22, 2009 "Bathroom Emergencies".

September 17, 2008

I reply to letter about Zippo’s letter defending myself from false allegations.(See Post February 22, 2009 "Bathroom Emergencies".

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I am absent because of chest pains.

Students from class 7H write statements alleging that on September 11, 2008 while 3 boys were out of classroom due to Bathroom Emergency I made fun of them and said they had a bladder control problem.

In my absence, someone starts a rumor that I have been fired for saying that a student has a bladder control problem.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I am told by students in 7H that students were saying that I had been fired because I supposedly had made fun of students who had a bathroom emergency.

I have students in 7H write statements about Ms. Untamed’s bathroom rules.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Curriculum Night: Parents ask questions about Bathroom Emergencies.

October 7, 2008

Meeting with Principal P. in which I am accused of verbal and physical abuse based on statements of students in 7H.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Pre-Observation meeting with Ms. Betty Rotula

Friday, October 17, 2008

First Formal Observation by Assistant Principal Betty Rotula: Class 7G

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Four boys in class 7B call MADELENE BENDERS a cow. MADELENE comes up after class and tells me that they are talking about parts of her body, specifically her breasts. The boys are SILAS PAJECO, HOWARD MAHAN, JAREL LANSIN, and ALAN PLEET. I give out detention notices for all four boys for Friday, October 24.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Post-Observation Conference with A.P. Betty Rotula. Lesson was Unsatisfactory.

Friday, October 24, 2008

After school detention with four boys: SILAS PAJECO, HOWARD MAHAN, JAREL LANSIN, and ALAN PLEET. I talk to them about insulting MADELENE. JAREL tell me that MADELENE has also insulted them by calling them gay. SILAS PAJECO threatens to get me fired by accusing me of doing "something" and then having his friends back him up. "Nobody will believe you".

Monday, October 27, 2008

I give the Dean a Referral in which I report SILAS PAJECO'S threat.

Wednesday October 29, 2008

I meet with SILAS PAJECO'S mother and the Dean to discuss SILAS PAJECO'S threat and how he can do better in class.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I contact MADELENE'S mother re: classwork and back and forth insults with boys.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I give a test to 7B. All students have scantrons on the desk. SILAS PAJECO, HOWARD MAHAN, and ALAN PLEET keep calling out comments. I give each boy a piece of paper and suggest they write down their comments rather than disturbing other students during the test.

Friday, November 7, 2008
Students enter my class screaming "change has come, MS. UNTAMED is going to get fired"
Principal P enters my classroom and asks for my lesson plan. I give it to her.

Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10

I arrange to make home visits to after students in 702 enter screaming that change has come and that kids are going to get me fired. I visit the homes of ALAN PLEET, HOWARD MAHAN, and JAREL LANSIN

Monday, November 10, 2008

I am told to go to the basement conference room and wait for an investigator who is coming from the DOE. I have no idea of why I am being investigated.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I remain assigned to the conference room.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I remain assigned to the conference room

Thursday, November 12, 2008

I remain assigned to the conference room

Friday, November 14, 2008

I am told to go back to the classroom on Monday, Nov. 17, 2009.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I meet with Assistant Principal Toni Xavier. I am accused of grabbing Howard Mahan's hand on November 3, 2008. He is one of the boys who were present in the after school detention when SILAS PAJECO threatened me on October 24. He was also one of the boys in 7B who were calling out during the test. Union Rep. Claude Baker present.

December 3, 2008

I receive a letter to my file accusing me of verbal abuse against students in 7B on Friday, November 7,2008.

December 11, 2008

Pre-observation Conference with Ms. Betty Rotula.

December 16, 2008

Formal Observation of Class 7G by A.P. Betty Rotula

December 22, 2008

Post Observation conference with Ms. Betty Rotula. Lesson was Unsatisfactory

Friday, February 6, 2009

I am removed from the classroom a second time by Principal P. I am directed to sit in the basement conference room and to not interact with any students, or leave the conference room except to go to lunch.

I go home after lunch.

Monday, February 9, 2009

I remain confined to the basement conference room.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I remain confined to the basement conference room

Wednesday, Februrary 11, 2009

I remain confined to the basement conference room

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I remain confined to the basement conference room

I meet with Principal P regarding an allegation of verbal abuse. I am accused of calling children animals.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I remain confined to the basement conference room

Monday, February 23, 2009

Confined to basement conference room

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Meeting with Zippo about charges of incident with 7B on February 6, the day I was removed from class.

This page will remain under construction as I add key dates and events, and as I link it to my rebuttal statements.


The Veteran NY Teacher said...


Clearly you are being barraged by false and frivolous allegations. This will backfire on them if you are heading to a 3020a.

The frequency and range of the wild accusations will raise questions in the mind of any arbitrator should this go to a 3020a.

They might try the medical route and attempt to portray you as unbalanced. Or prone to verbal and physical outbursts. You will know what to say to any BOE MD. This attempt will fail.

Misconduct is a quicker route for your principal than pedagogical judgment when it comes to moving you from the school. Remember, if they do move you out, you are leaving a toxic environment.

If it is any consolation I have been here in the elementary school library working on the world's greatest curriculum (it better be it's been 1.5 years). On Long Island there are no official rubber rooms and we can be directed to write curriculum and that is about it since the work has to be within our tenure area.

My district has essentially given up on my case but I refuse to settle so I am in limbo.

Perhaps you can bring a laptop to work and type out your blog entries at work and merely cut and paste them to your blog when you go home.

Best of luck...enjoy reading your blog. It is a fine record that will serve you well.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't this make you want a video camera in the classroom? I blogged about wanting a Nanny Cam so that when kids and parents make these kinds of wild accusations, I can just hit "rewind" and "play"!!!

This is also my biggest pet peeve about NCLB: where is the parent accountability? Why do our students think it is okay to act this way? They had to learn it somewhere, like AT HOME. Why should our health or career be ruined because bad parents can't control their obnoxious offspring?!?