Wednesday, January 14, 2009

... We Now Interrupt This Broadcast

... For a Message From the Land of SCREWED.

You know that letter I wrote to the director of elementary education at the superintendent's office?

The DoE, Ms. B, called me just now. She wanted to thank me for writing such a detailed, thorough letter.

And to tell me that it's being passed on to other parties involved in the Process, which apparently is moving forward and there are Several Options Being Considered. I assume this means board members, union people, etc.

And also, that she is contractually obligated to give a copy to Ms. Teacher.

Oh, holy shit. You mean the four page letter where I basically said that she doesn't like children, purposefully ruins their fun during events, does not bother to attend school functions, screwed with my kid's grade, can't be trusted, and screams constantly? Where I said that she was rude to the children, and had created an intolerable situation in the classroom? Where I said that she makes kids cry? The one that I sent to not only her boss, but her boss' boss? The one that will probably follow her throughout her career, at least in this county, if not for the rest of her life?

Oh, shit.

I mean, it's all true, unfortunately, so she totally has been asking for this all year.

But, OH, SHIT. She doesn't have it yet, but she will shortly, which means when I go in there on Thursday (tomorrow!!), she will have read it. I know she knows that people have complained about her in the past, but I'm assuming that since mine is the 'lucky' letter being used as evidence in whatever's going on, no one else has gone to quite the length and depth that I did. Obviously, I knew it would get back to her that I've complained, but I didn't think she'd get a copy of it.

I'm still going in there tomorrow. T liked that book I bought for us to read, and he read an entire chapter (with help) to me yesterday, and then I read one to him. It was the most he's ever done. I was so excited, and he seemed genuinely excited that I had brought him a book. I'm not ditching him. So, in I will go. I might wear a mask, or do the army crawl, but I'm going in.

13 comments:

LoriD said...

Crap. Oh well... it's not like you haven't tried to deal with it directly. The other parents will probably throw a party for you.

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Go in there strong. Just think of T. Poor kid has made more progress with you than her and she's the teacher. She can't keep on doing this to the kids. I got your back.

Kristi said...

I second Not Your Aunt Bea's comment. Be strong. You did the right thing, but, holy moly, if it was me, I would have the most nervous tummy ever tomorrow!

AndreAnna said...

Definitely sucky. Oh well. Maybe she should have chosen a career path that didn't deal with children if she disliked them so much.

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

Maybe by the time she sees the letter she will have been escorted out of the building? I can hope, anyway, right? It will definitely be uncomfortable, but good for you for doing what it takes (and no one else has done, I guess?) to get this problem addressed! (And then come straight home and tell us what happened.)

Cherish said...

EEK! But like you said, it is all truth and its not like she can treat you any worse

Marie Green said...

OMG. I would die. I would still probably go in too. But SHIT!

d e v a n said...

ACK!! Pretend she never saw it. That's what I would do.

creative kerfuffle said...

wow. ditto on the being strong, but dude, i SOOO hate confrontational stuff like that i'd probably puke in the parking lot. that being said i'm incredibly proud for you--you continually show what a wonderful person you are. and i'm glad t liked the book and has done so well w/ it. you rock! (and so does he)

Melissa said...

That is wicked that something is finally getting done!! Look at all the children you are helping by being a voice for them!!
Not only the children but the parents you really are taking one for them as well, the ones who most likely not able to speak up! You are totally brave, and I think the best way to go about it is act like she hasn't read it yet! Good luck!

I hope when Violet is in school and has a hard enough time like Josie that I can be as brave as you! xo

clueless but hopeful mama said...

OMG. MY stomach hurts just thinking about it. Good luck and keep your head up. You are brave and strong and doing the right thing by all those kids, especially yours.

Erin said...

OH NO! On one hand, I'm so sorry for YOUR sake that you didn't know about this beforehand. On the other hand, it's still a good thing for the kids in that class that you wrote it all down and sent it to the people in authority.

I just FEEL FOR YOU since something like that would make me want to MOVE.

Swistle said...

OMHFG. This contractual arrangement seems WRONG. It seems like either the teacher should get a copy of the letter with all identifying information removed OR she shouldn't get a copy until the next year when the child is no longer in her class. What an AWFUL policy! I can't BELIEVE this!