Greta Hawkins, PS 90K

Greta Hawkins, Principal of PS 90

Allegations:

  • threatening to report the parents of misbehaving students to the Administration for Children’s Services;
  • chronically underreporting safety incidents;
  • refusing to account for $3,600 of Title I parent involvement funds from the previous school year;
  • Making comments along the lines of I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”
  • Harassing staff members so that turnover has reached catastrophic levels.
  • Committing fraud on parent surveys.
  • Students have been without paraprofessionals.

The departure of nine teachers — all veterans — were part of a mass exodus last year of some 25 staffers, including teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries and custodians, totaling almost half of the small staff of 60 at the Brooklyn school.

Hawkins has been at the eye of the storm since her arrival at PS 90 in 2009. A New York Teacher article about her [“Brooklyn principal a ‘bully,’” March 12, 2013 issue] detailed complaints brought by parents and staff that Hawkins “took a healthy school culture and made it toxic.”

Grievance Department Director Ellen Gallin-Procida hailed the arbitrator’s decision and the teachers who stood up for their rights.

“Not only does this decision assure members that the contract protects them, it also encourages them to stand up against harassment,” Gallin-Procida said.

The UFT also has an unfair labor practice charge against Hawkins on another matter pending at the state Public Employment Relations Board. (UFT.org)

Sources:

Inside Schools (read comments)

Rhino Den

Gothamist

Daily Mail (UK)

Huffington Post

Daily News

NY Post

And more and more!

13 Comments

  1. I second all of this. I knew Ms. Hawkins when she was “just” a Special Ed. teacher. She was haughty and verbally abusive and in it for the control. She compared herself to a brain surgeon in her skill and yet could not explain any of her teaching methodology. She insulted me and tried to get me into trouble. I am so glad karma has her in trouble now. Yay, karma.

    • I also agree. She is charismatic and seems very professional on many levels….except one ….human…she’s just a devil woman with evil on her mind

  2. Just read the articles. ““She’s vindictive. She’s malicious. She’ll smile but do things behind your back,” said a teacher leaving PS 90 after 10-plus years.” Exactly! And racist. And this woman calls herself religious, what kind of Jehovah’s witness behaves this way. Check yourself Ms. Hawkins.

  3. use to be one of her student

    She wanted to fired ms.torres when I was in summer school

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  12. Ms. Hawkins is an abusive and condescending principal. 15+ teachers have left her school in the last 3 years due to insensitive remarks, threats and harassment. She has created an environment of silence and fear amongst the staff. She has publicly humiliated staff, PTA and students. She was recently charged with the alleged tampering of ‘Parent Surveys’. 2 years ago, Ms. Hawkins refused to allow a kindergarten class to sing, “I’m Proud to be an American” at graduation after the children and teachers prepared for 2 months. Instead, she approved the song, “Baby, Baby” by Justin Bieber. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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