Joan Monroe, Principal, PS 120Q, 58-01 136 STREET, FLUSHING, NY.
40+ teachers have left the school over the 5 years she has been principal due to mistreatment of staff and students.
207 Comments on "Joan Monroe, Principal, PS 120Q"
As principal, you are responsible for all of your students. What a sick, rascist and unkind human you are. I am from Texas and this news was read even here. You should be fired and chose another career based on making money and not based on kids. Shame shame shame. I guess you’re sad that integration passed in the 60’s. The auditorium for kids whose parents didn’t pay… During school hours? You are a public school. If you get off by excluding kids than do it after tax paying hours. Remember your salary comes from every students parents who pay taxes. You are a disgrace to education.
That yellow tooth selfish witch should apply for a job at the lemonade country time plant. With her yellow teeth she could drink water and spit it out and turn it into lemonade
From a mom who lives on Long Island, in Suffolk county. Be aware that all New York schools are NOT like that. My sons elementary school takes donations for field trips. If u can’t pay, you are still included. That should never have been allowed. The teachers are just as much at fault. They should have refused to bend to her will. If each teacher kept their “kids” in the classrooms, what would the witch have done, fired them? Shame on the entire school and the parents association. Any amusement parks out there, willing to send a few kids to their park for the day, for free?
Yea she would have fired them
You can’t blame the teachers, Principals have a lot of power in schools, way too much. No the prinicpal couldn’t fire them right away, however that teacher could find a U rating waiting for them at the end of the year. This principal is probably making decisions like this all the time. Morale at this school is probably horrible. You can’t blame the staff, the prinicpal is at fault. Blame the prinicpal who would make such a poor decision like this in the first place. The principal is a civil servant and I guess she forgot this and thought she was running her own private factory where she doesn’t have to think about the consequences of her actions.
You should not say that she the kindess women I have ever meet.she pays for every my trip to broad way you should be kind she was kick out and being resign show some respect she been my life it was the best school the best teacher if you were there you would know.she has teacher to teach us the Indian dance and other for a broad way show or even a guy to teach us the history of NYC love her she was really helpful even I was drag aross the floor by mom because I didn’t want to go to school but she got me to love school you should be a shame
I agree with u .. I work for her now and i think she is great!!
Not any more!!
You were the lucky few that was not harrassed by Principal Monroe. She harrassed me for two years! Then when I got a job at another school, she tried to convince my current Principal not to hire me. Thank God my current Principal thought she was crazy because I am a dedicated teacher who would go beyond the norm.
That person, that thing of a principal was a very mean and a very bad person. She tried to intimidate my daughter and me. And she would not let my 85 year old father sit in the waiting chairs by the office that she use to hide in. KARMA WILL GET EVERYONE, EVENTUALLY. As it always does. And she will get it. So watch out angry nasty people. And it’s also just something, how bad people flock together. Because the other large one, the other assistant principal that’s not there anymore. Good Ridden’s to her too. AS she was not a good person either.
Absolutely agree with you…we hated thus woman in PS 84 Queens. She is a disgraceful human being. If you can call ger a human being… She has no heart. Who gives a shit about the indian lady to teach indian dance or a letter in the file for coming to work during a snow storm, while we were getting dozens of stupid letters in our files by her…Joan Monroe, is a racist, not hearted individual..period.
Ms.Joan M.Monroe is my principal and i don’t like that people insult he
She’s not your principal ANY MORE!! Thank God!
Ms. Monroe, I can’t believe you would exclude young school children from a school sanctioned event because of their financial status? Little ones don’t understand anything that. All they understand is their classmates are having fun while they’re somehow being punished and left behind. You are not a caring educator. You’re just another politician. It’s time for you to retire. After seeing your photo, I advise you to make a dental appointment and have the half inch of yellow crud scraped from your teeth, because you look horrendous.
Couldn’t agree more!!!!!
This woman is vile. She should be promptly fired from her position and be made to pay some form of restitution to the poor children she traumatized.
Is anybody even paying attention to her? She’s a horrible principal who has her job despite not deserving it. Terrible person.
You need to be fired and have your pension taken away. And have your TDA money given to the poor. How sick! This story and your face were shown all over the UK today on the news. I am on vacation there and could not believe what I was seeing. You are a disgrace to the teaching profession. What the hell was going through your head?!
I am a mother of three, struggling to put myself through college to teach my children that it is possible to have a better future. For you to do this, only shows children that no matter what, they will always be less and undeserving. How dare you!!! School is not a money making scheme. It is not a chance for you to snub your nose at the poor. You are vile and a poor excuse for a role model. You are suppose to inspire! If you want to run a fund raiser or make some money do it off hours. Not torment the children of you school district! The damage you have done is reprehensible!
I was one of the poor kids who had sugar sandwiches to eat or baloney if I was lucky…the equivalent of 10 dollars in my childhood would have been impossible for my Mother to pay. I would have been one of the kids who knew class difference before I should have…I will pray you see the pain you caused and make amends to these children
Amends??? Ha don’t hold your breath!
I’ve thought allot about this and I’ve met someone just like her in the workplace and I’m sure you’re right. It wouldn’t be in this woman’s best interest to admit inhumane treatment towards these children. There bigger things for her to worry about her 100,000 us income and pensions.
Fuck this stupid ass bitch. I would not cry of someone would put a bullet through her sick head.
I am onboard to help get this woman fired. what can we do?
Thank you to all the wonderful teachers who showed these kids love and compassion when it was needed most because of the heartlessness of this vile hag. They deserve a raise.
Let her know how you feel – but don’t threaten her or wish her harm – you’ll be just as bad as her if not worse – keep it classy and to the point
Ms . Monroe I live in California but news travels fast these days. I highly recommend that you resign and good seek therapy as you are going to need it as so many people now truly dislike you to say it mildly. Your irresponsible and heartless actions have consequences. Shame on you!
I am sure if you had tried and asked people in the community or in the school that there would have been donations for the children whose “Parents” could not afford the fee. Shame on you!
Joan, I hope you get mugged and beaten to a pulp in Central Park and I hope it happens over and over, once for every single child whose heart you broke with your cold, callous behavior. You have NO business working with innocent children. Have you considered applying for a prison guard position?
And if you stop smoking like a chimney and drinking like a fish, the dentist may be able to do something about those nasty, yellow horse teeth of yours.
hi will post a petition soon
Someone should look into how many teachers have requested transfers out of her buidling or put in for early retirement since Ms. Monroe became principal. She is just as evil to her staff on a daily basis.
Principle Joan Monroe should be removed from her position and banned from ever having any involvement with children again. I called the school PS120 stated my position and guess what – they hung up on me! 718-359-3390. I hope we will see this story aired on CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Headline News and all and any social media. Public Schools are just that – Public. And all schools should be a safe haven for their students regardless of race or financial status. Ms. Monroe – shame on you!!!!
Thank you for the phone number and your sensible approach. I get distressed when a forum for constructive criticism starts espousing violence. I’m angry too but the message gets lost when hateful statements overwhelm the forum.
I agree with the statement made by CALIFORNIA. Joan Monroe needs to be removed from her position and not be in charge of dealing with children. It is obvious she is insensitive to children’s feelings and the manner in which she handled this event is unconscionable.
I was also appalled to read that the phone call from CALIFORNIA to the school was addressed much in the same nasty spirit as those children were treated. Obviously this entire administrative system is infected with a very mean and nasty streak and they all need to learn a thing or two about dealing other human beings professionally, that includes both children and adults.
Perhaps some sensitivity training is needed for them all! In the meantime, they need to be removed from daily interaction with small children.
Please make sure this story continues to go viral. This, ahem, person Joan Monroe, should not be let off the hook. Also, any adult, teacher, aid, janitor, PTA member etc…who let this vile human operate like this needs to be held accountable too. Last time I checked PS120 is not a foreign country and Joan Monroe is not a dictator. Something could have been done or said sooner but for whatever reason, ADULTS, just watched it happen!!! Let a story of true inequity break the internet and not just KK’s ass. Joan Monroe is the REAL ass and she should be deserving of whatever comes her way…
so please continue to share on social media, write letters, call the school, fax the school…
Let us show Cruella Monroe we do not TOLERATE BS!!!
58-01 136 St, Flushing, NY 11355
PHONE (718) 359-3390
they have still not let the carnival owner thrown a makeup carnival for the kids please keep up the pressure
You don’t get it. Teachers and other staff are at the whim of the principal. Schools are unlike any other working place. Hard for you to underestand this, but it is true. Most prinicpals are not like this. But if you are unfortunate enough to work with one like this, you are up the creek without a paddle. There is simply nothing you can do about it. With this kind of prinicpal she would probably gives U ratings to staff she didn’t like or who voiced opposing opinions.
I was her formal employee, and the reason teachers are not speaking out is because Monroe will verbally harass you and then will try to fire you by making false accusations. That is why the pictures were secretly taken and given to the Post newspaper.
Principal Joan Monroe makes $136,500 a year, all paid by the taxpayers of course. Its no wonder she doesn’t care about poor kids at her school, they are probably beneath her notice. She is New York’s new Queen of Mean, the Leona Helmsley of the school system.
I live in Mississippi.
I grew up poor, as communities and loving neighbors no child should ever be denied food or activities that other children enjoy as a school event.
the community should try and encourage the children and HELP with fundraising events to help raise money to better our childrens school experience. Anything from a lemonade stand to yard work and car washes.
As for this principle it was her DUTY to make sure the community is aware of the need and to seek out people to help organize fundraising events to raise funds.
I agree! Rural folks stick together
Unfortunately this is how a lot of principals are. I work in the schools and my principal could care less about staff and evenless about the students. It all boils down to money. Thats all they worry about
Shame on Ms. Monroe!!!!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately this is how a lot of principals are. I work in the schools and my principal could care less about staff and evenless about the students. It all boils down to money. Thats all they worry aboutThis principal should be releaseed immediately and lose her hefty pension
The assistant principal was aware of the carnival and knew that some of the children would be left out. She assisted Joan Monroe in the planning of the event so she is to blame also. By the way, Joan Monroe is known for bullying her staff as well as the children she serves.
You should be fired! You closed minded Racist. You thought mostly Asian kids will stay quiet and problem go away.
Absolutely, the principal needs to be fired for her actions in hurting these children. Were there any complaints by the parents or children that were allowed to attend carnival??? The principal is “one” person, what about all the parents who knew there were going to be children who couldn’t afford to go. “Get together people!!!” F… the principal!!! make sure this doesn’t happen again to any child.
Children should not be forbidden from participating in school-sponsored activities just because their parents are poor. This is kind of a no-brainer. This sort of economic segregation among children who are supposed to be peers is cruel.
Ease up, people- check out the data for her school. She’s been an effective leader for years and made a error in judgement. How is this different than when students can’t afford to go on a field trip?
Also- keep in mind that websites like this attract people with negative things today. I wish the people with 30 years of positive experiences with Ms. Monroe would come forward and help depict a more realistic image of this educator.
What about the people with 30 years experience with Joan Monroe with NEGATIVE experiences. Believe me this is the tip of the ice berg with this bully who lives to destroy others. All I can say it’s about time she gets what he deserves!!! I only hope everyone who has been burned by her comes out to tell their story.
Oh by the way speaking of fair, why don’t you ask about the 2 schools within a school that she has created. Talk about the have and have nots. Absolutely going on in that he’ll hole!! Feel so bad for those kids AND those teachers and other staff!!
Oh and also this is not the first year she has held a carnival where kids sat in the auditorium!!
And if these were your kids who left out because you couldn’t afford the carnival, you’d be defending her, still. lol…right…..
The data really??? It is not because of her!!! It is because of the caring, hard working, dedicated teachers . Also, why don’t you reflect back and think about how every year at least two teachers are tormented to the point that they have to leave. It is happening this year as well. It could be you next.
I am one such educator with a realistic image of Ms. Monroe. First of all, this was a PA event, with the goal of raising money for the SCHOOL. PA stands for Parent Association, which puts on events and provides things like planners for the STUDENTS. It’s not as if the principal pocketed the profits – it wasn’t even her event! Secondly, a fund-raiser is just that, designed to raise money. It is not a charity. Last time I checked, I can’t afford $5,000 to attend a dinner with presidential candidates, and that is not racism, it is not inhumane, is it not humiliating. It is what it is. The kids who couldn’t attend were not penalized; they got to watch a Disney movie.
Everyone calm down and stop judging and wishing ill upon person you don’t know doing a tough, thankless job.
I’m sure those kids who didn’t attend feel the same way as you do. Keep kissing Ass its enabling you to live in denial.
I blame the teacher! Why didn’t the teacher pay for her students? It’s easy to blame the principal but what did the teachers do to ensure all student participation. It is not the principal’s fault. Seems like some people are quick to judge. If parents requested their child not to participate why would the child be put outside to participate? If the child gets hurt who will be responsible?
It may have been a p a event but Monroe always dictates. You know that! This is not a 5000 $ event. It’s a Public school for all children. It’s easy to look away and defend her when she allows you to do what ever you want and saunter around the building. But wait no one is safe. It will be you one day feeling the abuse. Or one of your pals. Then what will you say? What excuse will you make up then? You hope she never leaves b c who ever comes in will see your extreme ignorance and I effectiveness How many people does she have to bully until you people see it???
It was not just about this event. Monroe is a disgusting human being who tortured innocent hard working teachers for no reason. I should know because I was harassed by her for 2 years! Thank God I found another school. Even then, she sent her A.P. to try to convince my current Principal not to hire me! Thank God again because she could not convince her.
If she’s such an effective leader then she’ll have no problem correcting her “error in judgment” and making things right. If she does then all is good and can be forgiven. If she doesn’t then she deserves all the scorn and vitriol she gets. Would that be fair?
I once made a mistake and she went after me with a vengeance. She would not leave me alone. I corrected my mistake, cried to her, and apologized endlessly. She would not let up. She kept digging, but couldn’t find anything. She then started lying and accusing me of things that were not true. She would scream at me in front of my class for asking a colleague a question in the hallway that pertained to academics. I was new to the school and needed guidance. instead of being supportive she accused me of endangering the students safety. She claimed I left them unattended, meanwhile I was stading alongside them.
That’s because one her favorite tools is to bullshit her way out. It’s easier
To lie than face the truth. Very miserable individual. Then you have her fake asskissers. They have no soul or conscience. Stop living in denial & wake up. Pathetic !
This principal only cares about selective staff and bullies and abuses the rest. I hope the DOE doesn’t let this go with just a slap on the wrist. She doesn’t deserve to be around people.
To the people that believe that the teachers are equally responsible – much of the P.S. 120 staff has contacted the superintendent and the Chancellor for assistance and has been ignored. People have been bullied, abused and forced to leave while others stay silent to stay under the radar. Many have been lucky enough to change schools and go where their talents are appreciated. Others have no choice but to live in hell. Those that defend her have not been in the hot seat but many can tell you that that can change in a heartbeat and you will go from the highest high to the lowest low. This was not one simple mistake – this was just the first of numerous horrible things that anyone has taken real action on and listened to. So many tortured souls on stomach mediations, heart medications and anti depressants – the drug plan must wonder what the hell is in the water in Flushing!
Haha it’s not the water it’s the administrators!!!! City wants to save $$$ on medical insurance they should seriously look into the big bosses bc it does trickle done n affects everyone!
How is this different from when students don’t go on a trip???? Really?? Are those children subjected to listening and witnessing all the fun the others are having???? And if a child cannot go on a trip due to finances the PA will pay. Monroe is evil and cruel and did not allow anyone to pay for those children. She has done many many evil things, she finally got caught.
Today’s school Administration is so far removed from the reality of the modern classroom they repeatly make outlandish decisions that are ignorant & lack basic common sense. It’s nice to see these so called leaders finally being held accountable. They run the building into the ground & have absolutely no recourse for their countless errors & terrible decision making. They are just horrible teachers that could never survive in the classroom, so they pay tuition & get an admin license ( or piece of paper) to never work with or care about students. Yet they have NO clue how to run a school.
The school has not let the carnival owner throw the free make up carnival. Please keep up the pressure so we can make this happen
Wow – somebody is a huge bully! Tell you what, go after someone your own size. You are a disgrace to the education system and should be fired immediately, as well as loss of pension and everything else you get as principal. Since I pay your salary, I demand your termination or your resignation. Pick one.
I think it is hysterical that this witch is finally getting what she has been dishing out for so many years and people are surprised. What did people think, she could go on forever with her sub human treatment of nice people and no one would do anything ? Poetic justice! Do unto others ….
I live in Canada and this story made the news here. It’s a blessing that this story made news internationally. It sounds like this is just one of many atrocities that have occurred because of this school administrator. And we have heard from former teachers of this school that she has bullied them as well as the students. Now that she has been exposed, tax payers can put pressure on the school district to have her removed. If someone can find out how to start a petition, that would be great!
She should be deported.
i feel sorry for you because you are working hard ,but i know you are trying to help kids the money is for fun raise the new reporter just wrote some ramdon word because they are only using the picture. i think you not retired or be fired. p.s i’m one of your kid parent
I agree! We are lucky to have the student population that we have. thank you parents for your support! PS 120 is amazing because it has a wonderful administration and staff!
What a joke!!! Great teachers YES!!! The rest debatable
Has this principal been investigated? I once worked for a horrible principal. It is so hard to get up and go to work. I was never harassed by her, however it bothered me to see her torture others. I would stay under the radar. I speak to no one. It was hard. As educators we should collaborate and support one another.
Yes we have wonderful students and parents…..sad that almost every parent and teacher strongly dislikes the admin. This principal is smart enough to be very very sweet to a few….you select few must be so scared if Monroe leaves you people will finally get a real observation and your incompetence will show.,,so keep supporting her, your job depends on it. You know very very well the teachers she abuses do not deserve it..you should be supporting them not the disgusting administration
Yes, how true..I forgot how sitting at your desk all day texting away in front of your students qualifies you as an effective teacher!!! I guess I didn’t get that memo!
I’m a mom of two. One elementary aged and one middle school. Children in elementary school have no buisness knowing what thier parents financial status is and shouldn’t be punished for it. That principal is no better than Cruella D’ville. I hope the “said” investigation into the situation resolves with her joining the unemployment line.
Here is a video of this socio path principal. When will they fire her?
Karma, karma karma!! Thank the good Lord above!! This monster was escorted out of the school today and “temporarily assigned”. Thie thing she dreaded most has come to pass. Always was afraid of being disgraced!!! Well now you are a DISGRACE!! You need to go to church and ask for forgiveness for torturing so many people!! Now you must pay for being a despicable person!!
Praise be to God!!
Well, well,well. What do we have here? A lesson in old fashioned humility. Despite your decades of torment. Despite your inability to be an effective leader. Now we finally see your fall from grace. Despite being a person that has not helped a single person improve their craft or develop professionally. She has done nothing to improve her staff, now we see the fruits of justice come down like a hammer. You see madem you are not better than anyone else. You are not above the law or in this case the chancellors regulations. Your lack of compassion & humility has finally expired. For years the people of this school knew what you were about, now the entire world can see what you were about & who you truly are. Or by the way to those asskissers; in the end the truth comes out. The NYCDOE & it’s upper management acted accordingly by making a decision based on substance not favoritism or what 4 or 5 asskissers presented to be a shallow personal agenda. It’s a new day.
Omg quick call legal lol
She did not get her job by following the proper procedure. She had what we use to call a god father. She either paid someone off or she was given a job as a favor politically. Did she teach in the district she was principal? Did she serve there as a AP? Did she just walk in get the job because someone was paid off? I believe this to be so. If correct than she is not the total blame for her poor management as those that placed her in the position and allowed her to do the things she did are equally responsible.This should be explored. Perhaps she bought the job, this also has been done often in the past. I would like to know. I think all citizens would like to know where she came from and how she got to where she did so much damage.
The administrators should be evaluated on a monthly basis. They have such free reign in the building with NO recourse for such awful decision making. Common sense is lost & countless errors are swept under the rug. Some one should really pay closer attention to the administration. If this individual was evaluated more often perhaps the abuse would have ceased years ago. Then again if you really want to see how ineffective a majority of administrators are just put them in a classroom.
Superintendent was notified numerous times on the goings on at PS 120. But NO HELP!
Wow chuck very sharp n very obvious you don’t work for the doe. Perhaps you can get a job with the doe n clean house!!!
That job is reserved for individuals such as yourself.
Seriously chuck the doe needs fair openminded educated people. The people working for the doe now are not interested in the children or their education, but with the opportunities to get out of the classroom asap n get into a nice cozy office job. And unfortunately they don’t care who they step on or over to get there!!!!
Very true. there really needs to be some checks and balances. A lot of administrators believe they can do whatever they want because it is “their” school. The abusive behavior and bullying of staff interferes with school functioning. Unfortunately, staff have no recourse when administrators are acting like disturbed juveniles. I sometimes think that this is encouraged, could it be possible that this school dysfunction feeds the system in some way?
It is NOT temporary. The DOE had to say that to the parents!!
What exactly do those people do wrong… Sit at their desk and do no teaching all day and walk around with their phone texting or spreading the gossip one floor to the other. Some of us come in teach with passion love our kids like they were our own. Push them to try harder. Stop making accusations do what’s best for kids and stop hiding behind the union. Enough already come to work do your job and act professional. Come back the next day and try harder all for the best interest for the kids. There are many teachers that don’t fill those requirements and they are everywhere. Unfortunately they stand behind union and think no one notices their poor teaching.
The worst part is they think the closer they are to retirement they can get away with no lesson plans and doing nothing earning top salary. Enough already as soon as administrators question them where there lesson plan is they say I am not required to my union rep said I could write it on toilet paper top notch teachers are these?!?
Some of us spend hours fine tuning lessons and differentiating activities that’s what takes up our life our students not the people who have no life complain about everything and live miserably because they make their life miserable and blame others. Dress professional act professional and talk like a professional maybe then someone will think you are a professional and will treat you this way. Smile and spread joy to children. That’s what a teacher who loves her students does for her students. She empowers them to love learning. Enough said get out of leading miserable lives and smell the joys of life.
Do you really consider yourself a good teacher when you can’t even use the correct “their” at the correct time!! Ugh!!! Hopefully the DOE will clean house at 120 and EVERYONE will be on the same playing field. Then we shall see you will be receiving highly effective!!!
It wasn’t the union that helped get rid of Joan silly girl
A great teacher turns yesterday’s weaknesses into tomorrow’s successes. 🙂 never stop learning in life and you’ve acquired the greatest gift in life. Thank you so much for the tip… Due to my busy day, I will be hiring an editor to help me with my next post. A great teacher doesn’t live in highly effective as she never ceases to stop learning. The truth is harsh but it must be told… There’s always two sides to every story.
There certainly is 2 sides to every story. Maybe you should open your eyes and ears and look at how many people were abused by this so called administrator. Not only ones ready for retirement. Look at Michelle last year and ann Marie and Diane this year!!! How can you be so blind to all of it. It’s not just the original 120 people. What about Fel who’s supposedly her friend. What is your answer to that??
You never know who would’ve been next!!