Awilda Baez, Principal
475 WEST 155 STREET
MANHATTAN NY 10032
69 Comments on "Awilda Baez, Principal"
This principal is responsible for the high turnover of teachers and related service providers when she behaved as a tyrant, vindictive, bully principal. She gets high marks on school surveys because teachers are assigned to a computer room where we are monitored as we complete the survey. No one dares to deviate from the assigning of high marks for fear of retaliation; the surveys are a farce.
Is quick to throw people under the bus. Has spies on every floor of the building.
It’s like Soviet Russia.
The walls have ears
Unfortunately, the DOE is plagued with incompetent bullies who call themselves School Principals, Educational Leaders, school administrators, etc. but who lack the basic skills in human relations, integrity and professionalism necessary for the job tax payers entrust them to do. More disturbing is the fact that our union (UFT) leadership is allowing this to happen. We need a change in our union leadership and ultimately a change in DOE administration.
This toxic principal has such a high level of insecurity that she can only manage the staff though intimidation and bullying. She has effectively placed weak staff members, who she can manipulate, into leadership positions so she can reign supreme. The out of classroom positions are filled with ineffective teachers who have become her spies in exchange for their positions. The chapter leader is her favorite marionette. His classes are allowed to just watch videos all day with no consequences in exchange for his ignoring her humiliating, nitpicking and belittling teachers and paraprofessionals. Complaints about his lack of integrity have gone unheard by UFT. She gets rid of anyone who dares question her or voices a concern, regardless of how valid it may be, by using the observations as a weapon. She will intrude into classrooms repeatedly, rips up bulletin boards, dictates content and form of lesson plans and delivery of instruction, makes false accusations, targets senior teachers… she’s a nightmare.
Lies, all lies. She is the best thing that happened in the school as far as leadership.
Were you sitting at her computer while she dictated this response? What were you promised in exchange: an effective rating, fewer observations, a pass on your poor classroom management, a “leadership” position, an invitation to have lunch in her office, more supplies or new books for your classroom library, are you working your way out of the classroom by becoming one of her spies? Of course she doesn’t attend SpEd meetings, that’s exactly the point of having puppets, she gets to keep her hands clean. How long were your students without ESL and other services because the staff was happily proctoring, packing, and scoring exams? The neediest students get picked up 1x or 2x week for 30 minutes for fake intervention by the teacher who had the worst classroom management in the building. You must have figured out that the number one requirement for an out of classroom position is being an enthusiastic brown-noser. Congratulations, you are on your way!
1. My classroom managementnis great, thanks.
2. I don’t need to make deals to get a good rating; I’m a great teacher.
3. I have never had lunchnin her office or been given money for supplies. I buy my own.
4. My kids get picked up for mandated services.
5. I am not in, nor do not want, an out of classroom position. Thank you for the advice, but I don’t do favors or brown-nose for things in my career. I work for them. I suggest you do the same.
Where is all of this discontent coming from?
Just joking I was discontinued from her school and was happy to get out of Dodge.
I’m guessing most of the comments written here are from ineffective and LAZY staff members who spend their time complaining instead of working on perfecting their teaching skills.As a staff member in this school for more then a decade I’ve seen many administrators come and go and by far Ms.Baez has been the most supportive and open with us. The garbage these morons spew doesn’t even make sense!!! If you’re so unhappy LEAVE!!! and by the way please leave the rest of us out of your personal hang ups. We as a collective community are extremely happy with our administration. Maybe you guys should get together and open up your own school then turn around and talk sh$&t about each other!!!
I cannot believe the things that I am reading. Ms. Baez is an excellent principal and supervisor. I’m guessing that most of the comments here are made by people who are too busy squawking around the school instead of putting extra time into their profession. Maybe that is why you are getting bad ratings and getting a lot of observations. I have had the displeasure of working with actual terrible principals, and Ms. Baez is by far the very best! If you think pushing your staff to do better instead of resting on their laurels is wrong, then you do not belong working as a teacher. It’s extremely sad that this is what you are spending your time on instead of working on being a better teacher. Another thing, please do not group us together as having the same opinion. The overwhelming majority of the staff love Ms. Baez. If you don’t, please just find another school to work at and let our school go on in peace. The CHILDREN deserve that. Remember them??
For those defending this unskillful principal.
The truth of the matter is that Mrs. Baez is an ineffective and a bully administrator. This principal enjoys going after teachers who can’t speak up for themselves. PS 28 is slowly deteriorating.
– As far as the curriculum goes, no one is on the same page. Administrators do not offer support with curriculum or students behavior. Their main response is always “I dont Know” “Its not my grade”.
– Teachers are often put on the spot for lateness, absences or personal days. Yet, administrators often take time off before and after holidays.
– Mr. Ramirez (supervisor) is constantly late and does not clock in as teachers are required. His name does not appear on the daily bulletin when being late or absent.
– Mr. Ramirez disappears for hours during the day. leaves the building during school hours. He is always on his personal phone during working hours and does not comply with his responsibilities as an administrator.
– The lack of working computers, printers and supplies in the building is unexplainable.
Having said all of the above, please revisit the meaning of a “Leader”
A true leader ensures fairness and equality for all.
Tired of which nonsense?
I guess of all the injustice occurring at P.S 28.
I worked at this school for many years (glad to be out) and everyone knows that Mr. Ramirez is one “LAZY” INDIVIDUAL, who does nothing but sit on his behind. This administrator is basically stilling from the DOE. Mrs. Nunez as well as Mrs. Baez have allowed for this to go on for years.
As far as Mrs. Baez being an “exceptional” principal????
Please, like myself many know that this principal is incompetent and a bully. Her time will come SOON….
If you think someone is doing something wrong in this school, contact the NYC Special Commissioner of Investigation http://www.nycsci.org/ or call 311.
Thank you for proving the point that you are quit frankily toxic to our school. Your tone says it all, open market has begun please feel free to leave. We do not need you or want you at 28.
They hate us cuz they anus
Who is they and who is us LOL 🙂
Really that’s what’s you do on a Saturday night! Copy and paste groupthink
No wonder you’re so miserable at 28 you have no life…
Our system is unfortunately plagued with countless Special Education violations. Our neediest students suffer and often times their teachers and paraprofessionals are gagged from speaking up. Although there are avenues to report such violations, history has shown us that none of the methods through 311, the UFT and State Education Department have protected these special ed whistleblowers.
UFT Solidarity is committed to assisting these members and children.
Email email@example.com and we will work with the administration, the UFT and DOE to remedy the situation while keeping your name a secret.
Staff member or parent contact firstname.lastname@example.org with information on the alleged violation or concern.
UFT Solidarity Special Education task force contacts administration on member/parents behalf. Five days are given to remedy the situation.
If situation is not remedied in a week, the UFT, school superintendent, deputy chancellor and 311 are contacted.
If the violations are not remedied at this level, the NYS Education Department and media are contacted as well as Special Education advocates.
***We are also there to assist and help with ANY special educaton issue whether you believe it is big or small! If you have a SESIS question or a legal question etc message us!***
Ten Key Indicators of the Almost Psychopath:
From: “Almost a Psychopath” by Ronald Schouten and James Silver.
1. Are they superficially charming and glib, with an answer for everything?
2. Is there a lack of empathy, i.e., an impaired ability to understand and appreciate the emotions of others and the impact of their behavior on other people?
3. Confronted with a difficult moral choice, do they more often than not rationalize and arrive at a decision to act in their own self-interest?
4. Do they lie repeatedly, including when it is unnecessary or for minor reasons?
5. Are they conning and manipulative?
6. When they get criticized for something, is it always someone else’s fault?
7. When they cause harm or hurt to others, is there a lack of true remorse?
8. Do they seem to have limited capacity to experience and express feelings for others or maintain relationships?
9. Do they find it easy to ignore responsibilities?
10. Do people and situations exist solely for the purpose of gratifying their needs and wants?
This was such a supportive, friendly school environment. It’s a shame that many terrific teachers have left for fear of losing their careers to this selfish, unqualified, insecure, micromanager of a principal. Only the ones who can stomach her manipulative, bullish personality and who pretend to like her and agree with her have survived her attacks. Soviet Russia would be a relief.
You idiots are used to Nunez who stayed in her office and kept her blinders on while the inmates ran the Asylum.
Now your working for your money and it shows that your really not qualified to hold the positions your in. If you can’t handle the work step aside and let someone who’s educated do it.Bunch of two-faced imbeciles. Baez is the best principal 28 has and will ever have.
Oh, the irony of it all!
With some practice surely you can be trained to use contractions and possessives correctly:
1. you’re (contraction for you are)
2. your (possessive form)
3. maintain tense
4. asylum – common noun
For example: “So, you’re finally leaving for the dog walker job that is within your skill set?” and “Who let Awilda out of the asylum?” See, it’s not so hard.
Yes, “step aside and let someone who is educated do it”.
You are ( or you’re) a funny one!!
Misuses danielson to intimidate and control staff. Threatens with low ratings. Always have phones ready to record harassment.
PERCENT OF ELL STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE ELA EXAM: 3%
PERCENT OF SELF-CONTAINED STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE MATH EXAM: 3%
PERCENT OF SELF-CONTAINED STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE ELA EXAM: 0%
PERCENT OF ICT STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE MATH EXAM: 23%
PERCENT OF ICT STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE ELA EXAM: 8%
PERCENT OF SETSS STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE MATH EXAM: 25%
PERCENT OF SETSS STUDENTS WHO SCORED 3 OR 4 ON THE STATE ELA EXAM: 0%
Staff warned not to respond to posts. Ideas, independent thoughts, truth squelched under tyrannical leader’s thumb. Even blind followers prohibited from self expression. Keep up the pretense if nothing else opens up, trust no one.
chapter leaders will be receiving a survey from the union asking them to report the turnover rate at their school and, if the school has high teacher turnover, to pinpoint the cause ( harassment, lack of support, pressure to change IEPs, fudge mentoring logs, loss of preps, micromanagement, fudge ESL services, increasing paperwork, pressure to keep low referral quota, monitoring absences,etc.)
In cases where poor management is to blame, UFT would like the issue to be openly discussed in those schools next year ( not going to happen with puppet rep so write to the union directly).
Mulgrew urged chapter leaders in schools where turnover is a problem to broach the issue at the first consultation committee meeting with the principal in the fall. But, unless there is change in UFT representative, problems will be swept under the rug as usual.
If you are a prospective teacher, look elsewhere. It’s as close to being a school community as the game show “Survivor”. The friendly tone and camaraderie won’t last. Unless you are weak, unethical, and void of professional integrity, you won’t survive the year.
I couldn’t agree with you more.
There is no camaraderie at all.
Very toxic atmosphere.
There are still some decent, self-confident administrators who encourage true collaboration, innovation, allow independent thoughts and ideas to grow without feeling threatened. However, those are schools with low turnover so it’s hard to get positions. If stuck at p28, it’s about not causing any waves to keep out of the warpath. The tyrant is due to retire at the end of next year and if she has any shame left, she will leave before causing any more damage.
There is hope yet.
Her bullying should be reported to the NY Healthy Workplace organization. Use your technology, make videos, take photos, open your laptop and make I-movies. By standing together, we can disband this pack of mean, ineffective, abusive, unethical psychopaths and their chief bully.
Initially comes across as supportive and friendly and as long as you are a programmable robot, you will be in her good graces. That comes at high price as you have be willing to sacrifice professional integrity. For example, teachers in ICT classes can only recommended it for ELA and math. Full time ICT is not allowed so she has the option of pulling us out of the class at her will. So many special ed violations that the school placed on an improvement plan. UFT does not protect teachers who tell the truth. Chapter leader is in her pocket. Disgraceful really.
Paraprofessionals are used as decorators; constantly pulled out of the classroom for clerical duties. Targeted teachers get all the most academically and behaviorally challenged students with no support. The APs typically respond with “that is not my grade” and “what do you want me to do?” The AP has been collecting a paycheck for no work for years with every principal looking the other way because he is well connected. The teachers he is assigned to observe won the ratings lottery. He will call them before he visits so they are guaranteed a good rating. It’s a sweet deal for them but so unfair for everyone else. Nothing will change until the chief bully is gone. Already she has set a negative tone. The UFT is useless to fix this nightmare.
Knowledge is Power!
The excessive paperwork standards apply to educators and related service providers alike. No member should have to “perform redundant, duplicative, unnecessary or unreasonable amounts of recordkeeping.” Additionally, the creation of binders and other paperwork strictly for a school’s Quality Review is no longer permitted. Other aspects of these standards apply to special education teachers and service providers and SESIS work. Data system and attendance concerns also are covered.
Que poca verguenza tiene esta quasi líder. Con su pelo de estropajo, suits de salvation army, ojos de racoon, zapatos clearance de target, risa de payaso, quiera aparentar que sabe mas que todos. Lo unico que sabe es humillar, decir balsa de mentiras de los maestros que no le gustan, maltratar a los trabajadores como una dictadora barata. Hasta los APs le tienen terror, menos HR porque lo deja andar de flojo, llega tarde, sale temprano, no hace nada mas que decorar. Sale bien en los survey porque intimida a todos y nadie se atreve a decir la verdad- que vergüenza!
What a bunch of pussies….give your names if your not afraid asswholes.
ICT classes should always be staffed by two teachers; it is a violation to pull one of the teachers in an ICT class, to pull speech improvement teachers, mandated service providers such as ESL teachers to provide coverage or perform other duties, such as lunch duty, bus duty, proctoring or scoring exams. These violations must be reported.
File a Special Ed and ESL complaint with the union.
The time of the year approaches when the admins’ offices get filled by Santa’s elves (aka- brownnosers) with shirts, ties, perfume, lotion, jewelry, edibles, bottles of wine, cigars, gift cards…on and on goes the list. Just part of the cost of survival at P28!
Once again Awilda Baez has proven to be a disgraceful leader along with her puppets (AP’s). The new norm at 28 is ” do things only when visitors are coming”. The lack of instructional support coming from this group of unskillful administration has the school going down hill. The so call “grade leaders” do not support the teachers on the grade. They pretend they know it all and they know nothing. Yet, they want “leadership roles”.
Teachers are given ZERO respect (perhaps a formal meeting to inform teachers of the visitors, would had been the appropiate thing to do). Teachers are always scrambling around getting things that should be provided to them. Ex: copies, chart papers,a printer that actually works and with ink.
Memos go out demanding focused items that should be in place. How about administrators doing their job and really supporting teachers with the things we need in the classroom.
Charts? how are teachers suppose to create them when there are none in the building?
Book Baggies? where are the baggies?
Lesson Plans? administrators can not demand a format or where they should be.
Oops!!!! we forgot! Teachers need to purchase their own supplies.
Awilda Baez DO NOT CARE. SHE IS THE DEVIL
You my dear, need help. Clearly this is not the right profession for you and your prescription is no longer working. Next time, I would advice you to not write your post while angry because it shows exactly why you’re not fit to teach students. Had I had a rubric and was grading your post I would have given you a 1.
Most would agree, if you want to see a devil you should just look in the mirror!
On regards to your comments I have to add that Ms. Baez have asked before which types of supplies are needed in the school. Also, you can not always relied on the lead teachers expertise when they need to help other teachers as well. One suggestion will be to used google. Google is a great place to get all the information you might need it. Especially on anger management and relaxation techniques. For anything else, just drink a cup of tea! Have a great day!
A competent admin knows which supplies are needed by staff and students;not necessary to take a poll. Lead teachers make extra$$$ to share their “expertise,” they are not volunteers, you dunce. Google would be a good place to improve your grammar skills and get the information you need to finally get your GED so you can take off the hair net.
Unfortunately you are 100% correct. The admins are not educators so they cannot relate to classroom teachers. They are quick to offer criticism but incapable of providing a simple demo lesson. None would be deemed proficient if observed, including the out of classroom posers. Grade leaders and quasi admins make the work of the teacher harder with their ridiculous demands and zero support. Impossible to have honest conversations because they are too insecure, unintelligent, narrow minded, to accept suggestions which impedes growth. They want staff to conform, smile, nod in agreement, give false praise, follow quietly not lead, spy and report to commander. Silence, whether out of fear or hunger for power, makes all complicit in the dishonesty and unfair treatment of colleagues. By looking the other way we are all guilty.
Today at church I prayed for those posting negative comments on this blog. Clearly Satan has held you captive. May God give you the courage to show your face and the ability to bite your tongue when your words are cruel. I know it must be hard living in misery, but love can set you free! At the end of the day it is not Ms. Baez suffering. She has a beautiful family and friends that love and care for her. It’s you!! Do you ever wonder why nothing goes well for you? Do you ever wonder why you are so ALONE? It’s because of all the bad vibes you put out. Start being a good person and you will see how things turn around for you. Stop blaming PS 28 for all your shortcomings! Seek God and he will put you on the right path
Hopefully you have made time to also pray for all the unfortunate victims of the bully you defend and for yourself who looks the other way while the powerless are mistreated by an agent of evil. Clearly the witch doesn’t suffer;she relishes ending careers, bulldozing the weak, and using Pharisees like you;slithering in the hallways to gossip and kiss the masters cottage cheese butt. Since you are so brave, share your name or keep your spineless, judgemental piehole shut.
Such a relief to be away from the tyranic,despicable, sociopathic principal. She is driving the school to the ground.
Apparently only administrators can get sick on Fridays and Monday’s. The rest of the staff are summoned by her majesty to be reprimanded even if a doctor’s note is submitted. Better bow your head and promise to do better or risk getting ripped apart at her “observations.” There is no money in the budget for basic supplies or computer equipment for staff but plenty to spend on updating computers for administrators and the favored few. Careful not to use a spork from the cafeteria or you will be chastised. Stands by the clock in the am and the pm like a drill sergeant. Better smile submissively or become a target of the wrath. WTH
Totally dysfunctional,poorly managed school. Have a phone to record the unprofessional comments; it is the only protection with this boorish,insecure,micromanager posing as an admin.
The parent coordinator failed to pass certification exams so she takes her loser frustrations out on teachers. She is a low IQ,crass, kiss ass spy for the paper administrators. Only the upper class can get time off. Her highness took off for over a month when she shaved her bunions and allegedly had Lipo on her fat ass;such a hypocrite. Hector has political connections so he Is untouchable. Use foil to request receipts of purchases and admin timesheets. The budget will be audited and the whole lot of incompetents given the boot. Only a matter of time for the fake empire to topple. Get out of Dodge while you still have a career. It is madness.
Pronto llega el tiempo de celebrar el fin del reinado de la bestia. El engendro del demonio con pelo de estropajo y risa de payaso de circo regresa a su cueva. Que van a hacer los pequeños demonios sin su bruja líder? Todo lo que sube tiene que bajar…pronto se van a estrellar como las pulgas que son.