Jason Wagner, Principal
Pelham Lab High School
3000 E. Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10460
150 Comments on "Jason Wagner, Principal"
I’m a teacher at PLHS and I can tell you a very sad truth: our school is just 2 years old, and we are already on our 3rd chapter leader in just 2 years!
wagner gave me 3 day detention for trying to go to class. then proceeded to lie about what i said too him,he a bitch lmao
He finna go have your kidz in his life
It is no secret that most of us here are untenured. we discover after the fact that we are made to work outside of the contract. many of us realized too late he plays favorites. the competitiveness here is cutthroat.
I don’t understand why the school has had so many CL when the principal was a CL for many years in Millennium Art HS located in the Stevenson Campus. Did Jason forget his roots of why schools need CLs? Or did go on the dark side now that he’s a principal.
The only “darkside” are incompetent racist lazy teachers like you who don’t give a shit about the children, only your bad teacher comfort. You want to work the least and complain the most. You’re obviously in the wrong profession. Why don’t you get a job cleaning up dog shit at a kennel.
damn your rude and how is he/she racist it makes no since get an education sweetheart.
Students abuse teachers and threaten them. Wagner encourages kids to flip on teachers. Does not discipline students.
FHACK YIU MESN
Ask questions, like why so many teachers left in the 2nd year, were excessed or not invited back. Then ask why everyone is a 1st year teacher.
i was smacked with a ruler by mr wagner
Being a current teacher at PLHS, who has no plans on leaving, I also believe that “BITS OF TRUTH” has a lot more going on than simply his teaching situation. Many of the issues which were presented have much more backstory and critical information which is missing. Mr. Wagner is very supportive of teachers and many times will provide support over a very long period of time. Some people simply cannot be helped or will not accept help which is provided to them. I also wish the best and hopefully this person will find their future career more rewarding and fruitful.
I’m worried that you think some people cannot be helped. I hope you don’t take that same attitude into the classroom. I am worried that you might be missing what is right in front of you.
Just to clarify, I did not mean to imply that an individual cannot be helped. This part of the comment was connected with the second half of the statement. As a teacher I believe everyone can be supported, develop,and grow over time. But as an adult, when a a large amount of varied support, help, and time is provided we need to be reflective and accept it to be helped.
So what is Bits of truth leaving out?
Wrong. And, no, I didn’t have a negative experience teaching in general because when I taught at other schools, there were no problems, but nice assumption. I never said anything about punitive discipline either -another wrong assumption on your part. Restorative justice practices also have consequences, something that Jason apparently doesn’t believe. I, along with everyone else received the training, and he just decides to ignore that part. I also don’t think I was targeted by the students; I was most definitely targeted by Jason.
But wait………………………………………………………………………………………………………. weren’t you part of a clique as well sir?
I’m curious about where all the receipts are for the allegations against Jason Wagner. In regards to restorative justice and the alleged lack of discipline, regardless of whether one is in favor of RJ or not, Chancellor Fariña and Mayor De Blasio are pushing this agenda, not principals or superintendents. They want to see lower suspension numbers and therefore across the five boroughs all administrators will feel the pressure to lower these numbers. Why are they pushing RJ? Because of the systemic racism and discrimination inherent in the Department of Education, as well as other institutions, where students of color and those receiving special education services have been suspended at a much higher rate than their white, non-disabled peers.
Cliques exist in every school or work place, but it’s interesting that the clique that was allegedly speaking with a reporter, recording conversations with administration and other staff without their knowledge, and making homophobic and racist comments towards administration and students is conveniently absent from the diatribe above.
This is difficult work and not everyone is cut out for it. I’m not sure where the “1/3 of staff leaving” statistics are coming from as this is not true. As a current teacher at PLHS, I have never felt unsupported by Mr. Wagner. The chapter leader turnover most recently comes from that person leaving the DOE to become an AP closer to their home. I look forward to continuing our work at PLHS as we move into our 4th year.
I am also a current teacher at PLHS and have no plans on leaving. The individuals that are unhappy with Mr. Wagner have left out a lot of information and facts to make their accusations seem substantiated. Mr. Wagner is supportive to both staff and students. Restorative justice is a process and will succeed but time must be devoted to it. It takes time and patience. The only way we will thrive as a school is for the staff, admin, students, and families must work together to achieve our goals. That is what Mr. Wagner is trying to build and I am glad to be part of this community.
Lol well if this wasn’t informative about the kind of collegial atmosphere a candidate for PLHS would look forward to…. I can’t stop laughing.
As one of the teachers at the school, I can say this entire thread is symbolic of how the school is run. The favoritism, the inequality of supplies and attention between grades, and the lack of discipline all make this school intolerable. I have gone to and believe in Restorative Justice, but it is not being implemented as the Chancellor or Mayor proscribed it.
Furthermore, the school has a very large level of young, untenured, inexperienced teachers. Coupled with an inexperienced administration, it leaves much confusion and lack of support for the teachers that are trying to develop. In my opinion, this is why some people love it (they are left alone completely) and some people hate it (they are lost and have no guidance from admin).
Needless to say, the environment between teachers in the hallways is such that you frequently get ignored by the senior teachers that are enjoying their time at PLHS.
A rebuttal to Conflicted Environment:
Some people don’t do much research when trying to put statistics into their arguments. I’m not sure about the staff that is coming in as we are growing but by my count we have teachers in each department with varying amounts of experience. Each department (with exception of 1) has teachers with at least 5 and in most cases 10 or more years of experience. There are always young teachers in schools as there is a high turnover rate in this profession (not just under Mr. Wagner’s supervision). In my view, experienced teachers do not turn a blind eye towards younger teachers. In all cases we are welcoming and willing to help. In any case, there are students futures at stake in this so let’s all move on and find something better to do, like planning an engaging lesson. Put your energy into something positive.
Seven teachers left this school this year- none of them left the profession. Why are they leaving this school?
When a school consistently loses new teachers who are eager and ready to enter this profession, the person to look at for answers should be the principal. New teachers should be mentored and given as much guidance and assistance as needed, individually and collectively. In absence of support, administrators are abandoning these teachers and signaling both staff and students that they are vulnerable. As a result, good teachers leave, and students witness and experience dysfunction that they helped to create. It amuses them, but hurts them in the end. I think the NYCDOE should create a strong team to investigate administrators like Principal Wagner. This abuse, favoritism, and dysfunction must stop.
It seems like this forum is perfect for unhappy, failed teachers to place blame on anyone but themselves. Busy gearing up for another year myself! I’m glad that you had the sense to quit after one year, you did other teachers and the students a favor. There are two “cliques” if you want to call them that. There are teachers that like their job and try to work with students and administrators and then there are people that can’t handle what they’ve gotten themselves into and don’t want to hear that they have a lot to learn. Good luck in your future career moves! Let us know if you have any more newsworthy moments.
One must first be true to the school. Yet, I can see when the school is being ran by an incompetent. Following the role model of one Ms. Nodel. As for any problems arising, well look at her track record enough said.
MAA no way
First of all, you are nearly illiterate as evidenced by your inability to write a correctly, AND your knowledge of Ms. Nodel is wrong. I used to teach under Ms. Nodel. She was an amazing principal and was the highest rated principal in the Bronx! She truly cared about her students and many got accepted into the top colleges! She worked tirelessly to make the school a place where children of poverty could have a chance. I’m glad she protected the students from pieces of shit teachers like you. You should consider a career at McDonalds.
I think it is very low to out people who have not put their names on this site. I think it is also low to call out their private lives on here or make suggestions about how other staff felt, something this website is not intended to do. This site is about making the school better.
Yes, 7 teachers left this year. 6 of them have been employed in other schools. And one is still searching for a job, IN EDUCATION. I have kept in touch with all of my former colleagues because they are people, imperfect as we all are, but people. They do not deserve the way you are treating them, especially if you didn’t try to help, coach, or guide them in any way.
As a result of the turnover, many of the juniors and seniors have wholes in their schedules or are CURRENTLY not scheduled for the classes that they need to graduate. Many are missing a language or an arts elective due to scheduling issues. Furthermore, there are many ELL students and sped students who are not getting their services. Those two issues alone are big enough issues for Mr. Wagner to lose his position.
My first post on this website:
Why so much hate? I’m over everything. Wish you all the best.
LOL popcorn and a glass of wine for this. If anyone had doubts about a toxic climate at this school, this here thread convinced them. Iceberg theory, more under water. Just another small school with growing pains? Or naahhh?
Your lifestyle sounds toxic.
I am a concerned parent of the Pelham Lab High School Community. Why are you all discussing this? The real issue is that this person below is still working with students at Pelham Lab High School. One of them being my child. Let us unite and fight for justice. I will be paying the district office a visit to request a transfer for my child.
Also, if you are a parent with a concern, I urge you to come in to the school and speak with some of the dedicated teachers and administration who work there. We are always willing to listen and discuss your concerns.
People its time to put your life jackets on the ship is sinking fast. Everyday is a new issue at the LAB jaja , and the staff can see how the “MAN” in charge can not control the ZOO. What I do not get is why are people scared to unite and stand up for what is right??? Must be that they like to be told one thing and have another done. But oh well to each is own I’m going to enjoy the show while it last.
P.S. Merry Christmas
WOW the end is near for “LAB” after today’s PD breaking news. Hernandez leaving to help another school get better while ours goes to hell. The closer is watching over the whole dog and pony show. Now let’s see what happens next hahahahaha. This is a soap opera at its best.
You’re joking right? Hernandez was asked to leave (not for the first time) after numerous complaints by staff members over his inappropriate and unprofessional conduct towards staff and students over the past 2 years. Not sure how he’ll make another school better when he never did any work to begin with.
Frank and Jason please stand up and give face bunch of little men
Bien is the SOLE reason I stayed at the school as long as I did. Try working at a school where administrators are respected and teachers are professional, and if you have a problem, you talk to them like a person, not shielded through someone else.
You must like listening to someone babble at you about nonsense for 2 hours straight
The problem with today’s society. Is that people have no morals or heart to say what they want
To the face of the person they have a problem with.
But that’s life to bad that MEN aren’t MEN no more. But let’s see what happens next at the all great lab.
Secrets always come out. One shouldn’t throw stones if one lives in a glass house.
All these men crying about small things in life like a bunch of girls. But oh well the women at Pelham are tougher then the so called men. Metro sexual men who have their period all month long hahahaha. The time is coming we’re lab will be will be no more.
Metrosexual > Homophobic
Wow I’m guessing your a proud supporter of Me Too as well
Frank,Mallory,Reyes,Jason, are all about to have
A rude awakening when the dust settles. Life is full of surprises and karma is a bitch. So please let them know about this post because we all know the truth.
P.S the kids do have a voice and it’s being heard in all the right places and the right people are going to take action.
OMG I can’t believe that I came to work at such a toxic place we’re the staff is worst then the kids and ADMINISTRATORS gossip about each other. Can’t wait for open market to leave. These people all need help one way or another from the top to the bottom. You have predators working here and staff who hangs out with the students and do all type of things and to top it all of they also sell drugs and the Principal does nothing about it. The senior trip was a disaster from start to end. The counselor really did take her job to heart with a male student and did go extra and nothing happens. Oh well.
This is so sad a bunch of so called adults complaining about the work place. When in real life the problem is has a simple solution. Just come in and do your job and all will be well. We picked this profession not because of the riches but because we love to give back and help the kids. Why isnt anyone worried about the kids in this blog? With so much energy be wasted here that can be put towards the kids. People lets face the facts how they are Wagner is who he is and no one will change that. He has his own agenda that he wants to push and thats it. If you do not like it here then just leave. The truth is that sooner or later a whole new power structure will be in place and then what will be the issue??? Lets be clear we all know That Fran and Villia along with Davis are his so called prized assets that are untochables. People life goes on just be happy your alive.
So now that Hernandez is gone who is next to leave, and what is going to be the next problem?
Lab is a school that has no light at the end of the tunnel. This whole place is a false no such thing has restorative is taking place here and I’m tired of being forced to think that it is.
Hernandez didn’t leave because of any problems, he was asked to leave because he was a problem
That is not true at all. Please, at least talk to the people you work with.
This school is for fools or people who are just yes men or women. But who am I to say that to move on you have to be gay or bisexuals or tried sexual or some type of sexual other then heterosexual. But no one sees that.
So my question is what is going to happen to staff that push,threaten and curse at studnets??? When is the DOE going to step in and look out for these kids and put an end to this horror show??
Complaints are made and nothing happens. Also what about the staff that cross the line of trust and have sexual talk or sexual contact with students. Nothing is being done it amazes me how nothing happens. But let me not have a student sign out for the bathroom and all hell breaks loose. It’s a shame what this school has become from a dream to a nightmare. No respect from staff to staff and the students to staff. The kids know what is going on and they know that at lab nothing happens when you break the rules. Oh well let’s see how the year ends when we see how many kids do really graduate without any help of fake grades.
Morel and Cepeda please leave and seek professional help
Have the balls or ovaries to say things to peoples face. It’s real easy to call people out from behind a computer or cellphone. Let’s see if you can do that in person. It’s sad that people blame others for problems they have. But life goes on for me as I know what is what. In this life all a man has is his word and balls. But Lab is full of “others” for once in your life have the courage to speak up and express how you feel. Or are all of you people scared and have no heart. I laugh at this blog on how people lash out here but not in person. I will find out who is writing these damaging comments and then sue you and after all of that beat your ass. Now let the games begin. Would you like for me to address everyone in person when we back?? P.S you guys know who I am and I will find out who you are. Let’s get ready to play.
You say “you guys know who I am” yet you go around telling people you’re not involved…
Martínez sleeping with students.
Frank pushing and yelling at students.
Davis stalking the students and selling them drugs.
Lucas another one messing with the boys.
Santiago is just crazy
Cepeda thinks he’s the best para
Morel thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread.
Burgerss thinks her shit don’t stink everyone knows what you do.
Colon the dean is a complete mess.
Maria is a down low freak who kisses ass.
Jay just cares about Jay and his people.
But that’s LAB for you at a glimpse.
These comments are simply heart breaking! Not only are you making allegations about people that are not true but you are slandering people’s names and reputations. This is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen. These people have families and kids and real life responsibilities to take care of. How can you try to take food out of their mouths based on lies you are making up. Where’s the proof? The facts are simple you seem to not have much of a life If this is all you do on your spring break ! Have A great day and know what goes around comes around.
You shouldn’t talk about people if the facts aren’t there. You dare shout people’s names. But too much of a coward to put your own. I’ll love to know who wrote this. Grow some balls. I wonder what you was doing this whole time all this was supposedly happening.
Why don’t you put your name first if your so tough. And then I will put mine
On August 20, 2008, OSI concluded that the allegation that Mr. Morel punched (student) Diaz has been substantiated. Moreover it has been established that Mr. Morel pushed Diaz at least once.
First of all I’m not an employee of your school. I work in a high school where you only see this behavior from the students, not from staff. You’re a coward with way too much time in your hands. Your lesson plans must fail. Do you really hate your life that much that you need to put your job as a priority.
People stop being surprised by what goes on and happens at PLHS ok. We all have a choice to stay or leave. So let’s be civil and not trash each other on this blog.
If the so called `males` of LAB don’t like it here they can leave. Open market is here. So please do us all favor and leave Morel and Cepeda and anyone else who doesn’t like the school. We all see what happens when you don’t leave on good terms just look at Hernandez. I feel sorry for the school that he went to. Soon the story’s will start to be heard about him again. Also Colon the dean should follow suit and leave. No action just all talk from her being told what to do from Davis a community associate wow
Please stop posting here. Lawsuits will be filed based on slander. Union will be involved. Stop.
To edit this post, I am the chapter leader for this school, and will not allow my members names to be slandered. We are all hard working educators who only wish to have a positive impact on the lives of our students. Our principal is hard working and also wants the best for our students. If you don’t feel like your contractual rights have been met, please see me instead of resorting to anonymous posts on this website.
Now all of a sudden the Cl wants to use the union has a threat. It’s a joke how things have been said in the past and nothing was said or done. Now the principal is good and hard working. So why doesn’t he do anything to fix this broken culture among the staff??? I will be contacting OSI to inform them of this ongoing issue at our school.
It’s a shame that our principal has all the time in the world for stupid emails. But when he has to send one out he doesn’t and our 9th grade counselor has to let the staff know about one of our own having a life changing event take place. But please let it be about his agenda or community. It’s so sad how the kids fall through the cracks at lab. Also notice how he didn’t respond to her email about the fire but did for pics of the community day. Please people speak up.