The past nine blogs dealt with issues in our school system. Problem #10 became the epitaph to my 46 year career. Five students and their parents, three colleagues and two administrators contributed to my demise. Those four points of view are found in “RESCUE THE TEACHER, SAVE THE CHILD!”
Problem #10: I left for school on April 25, 2017, knowing it was my End of Year evaluation. Why should that day be any different? Our school supported eight choirs. The a cappella group won the quarter finals of the International Championship of High School A Cappella. In March I took students to New York City to see Broadway shows and participate in workshops by Broadway actors. April saw our choir program honored locally and state-wide. Our a cappella group traveled to Dallas for semi-finals. It was an incredibly successful year until April 25.
The following article appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette. It best demonstrates how parents and students felt when I was told I could not return to my position I held for nine years:
What can teachers do in order to avoid what happened to me? Is it legal removing a teacher from his position without due process? What ever happened to honest and transparent conversations between administrators and their staffs? Great questions! Enjoy a summer read which addresses these situations and provides solutions. Rescue the Teacher, Save the Child! is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.