Caterina Lafergola-Stanczuk, Principal
This Administrator targets teachers who have been in the system for more than ten years. After her first year as Principal she rated 16 teachers unsatisfactory without any supporting documentation. Fourteen of these teachers were people of color. She has discontinued the licenses of younger teachers if they do not leave their positions at the school when she tells them to. She has also filed 3020a charges on teachers after she has spent three years collecting evidence that is based on bogus charges and observations rife with misrepresentations.
The principals in NYC need to be stopped from maligning teachers and destroying the careers of veteran teachers. Caterina Lafergola is just another example of unqualified administrators running schools into the ground and taking the staff down as well. Lafergola is resigning and plans to work in Baldwin. I hope Baldwin will reconsider and NOT hire a failed principal.
Yep, I worked for her for one very long year. She gave no direction, or flat out lied to teachers about what they were supposed to do, then blamed them for “not fulfilling professional responsibilities.” She had no involvement in holding students accountable for their incredibly disruptive behavior (throwing things, overturning furniture, cursing out and threatening teachers). The freshmen that year had FIVE different teachers for one of their subjects, that’s how awful it was to work there. And you can imagine how awful it was for the kids. She continued to try to hire brand new teachers she could bully, or teachers who were escaping another awful school, that was the only thing that kept her going.
Maybe the teachers should be qualified to teach. She was holding them accountable. They didn’t like it. The worst teachers in the system were put there by the teachers union, to hide them, and the kids suffered. They are more worried that the incompetent teachers might lose their jobs ,instead of worrying about teaching minority kids a education.
That is an absolute true statement.
She does not believe that there are ANY qualified people of color that can work for her. She also feels that students of color cannot progress and should not be in her school.
She has changed grades to improve her graduation rate. She has given students 504 plans and has made them retroactive in order for them to qualify for a passing exam.
SHE DOES NOT NEED TO COME TO BALDWIN.
Here is a letter I sent to the Superintendent of the Baldwin Schools: I recently read an article in the “New York Times” which mentioned Caterina Lafergola. It was disturbing. After 27 years with the New York City Department of Education, I’ve seen a lot!! The mere idea that Baldwin is considering hiring Ms. Lafergola is troubling. Principals in NYC public schools, on a whole, are horrible. Whether they graduated from the now defunct Leadership Academy or they were appointed because so few apply, they are ill-equipped to lead. When stories are printed in the newspapers, these principals have already done tremendous damage to their entire school’s community. Few teachers are brave enough to complain about administrators for the very true fear of retaliation. This retaliation can cause an educator his/her career just for standing up for what is important and best for his/her students. New York City principals have a guide book for legally getting rid of tenured teachers, some undeserving simply because they stood up for what is right. Instead of motivating and molding teachers, principals look to just get rid of them, similar to dumping out the trash. The morale in New York City public schools is… Read more »
All the comments are true..I actually seen it for myself I don’t know why Baldwin hired this principal she is a nightmare get her out of Baldwin schools she’s corrupt and destroy g student lives no good for the education system!
Vertoshia, perhaps you might want to invest in some further education yourself, given your tenuous grasp of the English language.