Monday, October 26, 2009

Update on my Letter to the Superintendent

Received a phone call within four hours of emailing the letter.  Unfortunately, I could not answer the phone because I was conducting an interview… He let me know I could call him back during the next day because he’d be available and in his office all day.  Great!

Then… I also received an email.  From the principal. Apologizing. It was kind of amazing, and if I thought it’d be okay, I’d insert it here…but I don’t want to get in any trouble. So, I’m leaving it at: she apologized.

Now, what do I do next?

Do I leave Joey in the current classroom?  The Superintendent said HE’D place HIS child in this teacher’s classroom.  Hands down, first choice.

OR, do I take Joey out of the classroom and move him to another classroom with another teacher?

Flippin’ flack.


1 comment:

  1. 3 Responses to “Update on My Letter to the Superintendent…”

    I read your last post & was sort of amazed at the teacher’s attitude and talk…and so impressed by your letter. So, the Principal apologized, did she have any constructive guidance for moving forward? It’s great that they apologized, but it doesn’t seem to actually help make the situation better for your son. It would be interesting to know how they will help to ensure your child will get the right learning “fit”. (Based on your letter before, I would have run screaming from the teacher).
    My 2 cents…just because a teacher may be fabulous in the Superintendent’s opinion, doesn’t seem to mean that the teacher has the skills to sustain a good learning environment for everyone, including your son.
    I’m really interested to know how this all goes. I only have a toddler and I can only imagine the conversations with his future teachers. :>
    Lesley said this on October 26, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Reply

    I know there are teacher’s out there that are perfect for 99% of all children. I also know that each person, parent and student is individual. The fact that the superintendent responded well says a lot for your district. The fact that principal apologized means she was either A)reprimanded or B)realizes her error.
    Neither of those things addresses the issue of the teacher, in my opinion. After raising three very different children (both academically and personality wise), I will say this. It is a gut feeling. You know your child best, not the super. And you know how the teachers approach made you feel. I’d say trust your gut. As Lesley said, even the teacher of the year isn’t a perfect fit for every single child.
    Vixen said this on October 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Reply

    I have to echo what Vixen said. Trust your gut. Kids learn differently and they are with that teacher 6-7 hours of every day. xo
    p.s. do you think it would be worth talking to the other parents about it? get their feedback?
    melissa said this on November 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Reply