Meri Yallowitz

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Meri Yallowitz, Principal

Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

School Number:
K647

Address:

985 ROCKAWAY AVENUE
BROOKLYN, NY 11212

Phone:
718-342-6249

Fax:
718-342-6329

School Hours
Student Enrollment:
160
Grades Served:

09, 10, 11, 12, SE

PRINCIPAL
MERI YALLOWITZ

Parent Coordinator:

Patricia E. Clark

PTA President:

Sally Allen

Police Precinct:
73
Geographic District:
23
High School Office
Superintendent:

PAUL ROTONDO

Address:

198 FORSYTH STREET
MANHATTAN, NY 10002

Phone:

646-654-1261

Family Leadership Coordinator:
Cleon Mclachlan
Email:
CMclachlan@schools.nyc.gov
Family Support Coordinator:
Carolyne Baldassano
Email:
CBaldassano@schools.nyc.gov
Education Council President:
Melanie Mendonca

 

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Old Teacher

Principal Yallowitz was extremely abusive to me and other teachers. The school was run like a dictatorship.

Brave Teacher
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Brave Teacher

Ms. Yallowitz is abusive to staff and the reason that many teachers have quit or left. She runs the school like a dictatorship.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Principal Yallowitz encourages easy passing and cheating. If you’re not willing to do these things to boost test scores she will make your job teaching there a nightmare.

Former staff
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Former staff

Ms. Meri, as she likes to be known by, likes everyone to think that she cares for the students, but really all she cares about is how she is perceived by her higher ups. The turnover of teachers is ridiculous, 80% of her small staff was new, including myself. No consistency and no honesty.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I was discontinued and rated ineffective by thus horrible woman so I know how you feel. My MOSL test scores were both highly effective in state and local measures. Hopefully I win my appeal. Something really needs to be done about her and this school.

Sold false dreams
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Sold false dreams

Meri recruits new teachers selling them dreams of supportive environments. When I was hired she made me believe that the students were out of the movie Dangerous Minds, however I never had a problem with the kids. Most of my stress stemmed from her and her micromanagement ways. This needs to be addressed one way or another.

Teach
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Teach

I was given a piece of black construction paper and told to cut it out in squares for my classroom tiles because they had none left. I was made stay after cutting squares and tape printer paper onto the construction paper. I did my best to accommodate Ms. Judy and spent a few hours on the task. Afterwards, Ms. Meri complained to me that I should have used two sided tape and gave the task to the secretary. What a horror story it was working at this place. Meanwhile, teachers that cheat and the few that stay are given special treatment. Mr. Koulis tries to scare teachers about cheating and going to the union. This place is a diploma mill and should be looked into by the DOE.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Meri is a micro manager who prefers to hire fellows so she can dictate how they should teach and what their classroom must look like. She removes teachers creativity and passion to teach. She creates conflict with all the teachers and the only way for staff to avoid conflict is to do whatever Meri tells them to do, even if it means undermining other teachers, bullying the new teaches and making accusations against the new staff of either not doing their ob or taking about other staff to create tension. The atmosphere is toxic. It contributes to new teachers wanting to quit teaching all together.The lies, abuse of teachers and students is unbelievable for a school atmosphere.The union rep does absolutely nothing to support the teachers as she is only concerned with the principal.The amount of disrespect is disgusting and the DOE must look into this fake environment. The school appears to be so wonderful and that is an disturbing lie. It is a horse and pony show. A circus where the main attraction is for hallways to look engaging and show off to visitors from other schools or superintendent. The same task will be performed in every class period… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

To describe Meri Yallowitz in a nut shell, she’s a horrible person who treats her staff like crap. She power trips daily and creates unnecessary situations in the school. Staff and Students dislike her.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Meri is called the GODFATHER due to her bullying type of mentoring!!!!!!

Annoymous
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Annoymous

As a former student I can agree along side these other comments being that she is very rude and an argument starter. Children can be working quietly and she’d interrupt them causing altercations amongst the children. I feel as though she must be fired of her position PERMANENTLY! She’s done nothing to the kids and after reading these comments and experiencing her attitude and lies to us, I now see her differently and she must be looked at by the doe

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Agreed but we can’t speak up as new teachers.Thats why we all wind up leaving after a year or 2.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hopefully this woman get caught for her cheating and harassing teachers this year but I doubt it will happen. Ms. Meri has to have dirt on someone important or be bribing the DOE higher ups to get away with all that she does.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Total teacher harassment..even right in front of students.Teachers are treated disrepectfully and intimidated. With threats of not getting tenure if there’s Any pushback or expression of any ideas.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

98 percent of staff are degraded And belittled while a couple of favorites are treated well and given perks and accolades.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am afraid to speak out since I’m a newer teacher but the principal berated my students for failing a state exam and some ran out crying.She intimidates teachers with passive aggressive tactics and she is killing my entire teaching spirit.I don’t know what I can do and my peers feel the same way since most are untenured still and are scared to be fired for raising concerns.

Ali akia
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Ali akia

How is she allowed to put on a dog and pony show for endless school visits and code classes to get kids credit for classes they aren’t even in?She pushes kids to take 1 regents at a time and yells at staff in front of students.She picks on any person who is morally against her cheating and dishonest tactics.She needs to face the music for all of her dishonesty.She is destroying the entire climate and purpose of this school.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Go to the union. Call your union representative Patricia Crispino. Contact the Special Comissioner’s Office. Go to the newspapers. Believe me twhen I say that this woman has a lot of dirt against her. OSI is in the process of conducting a cheating investigation against her and the abusive veteran teachers. If you have already been put on Ms. Meri’s badside things will never get better so take action now. Once under her microscope you will never escape. Prepare for her unfair ratings or being forced to quit or discontinued. You can file your complaints about the school and principal anonymously or file yourself. The time to strike is now. The dirt is continuing to add up on her and this corrupt school as more teachers are coming forward. Good luck to all you. You have my deepest sympathy in this ongoing struggle.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Throw this woman behind bars where she belongs. Stop rewarding her for cheating and negative behavior. So disgusting.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The few teachers this woman keeps around are high on drugs. Spend time doing illegal things with students outside of school. At least 2 of these teachers are guilt of sleeping with student. Mr. Koulis is the worst. He has to lie about having a wife to cover up his homosexuality and pressures/harasses the new teachers by trying to force them to cheat. This place needs to close down. Such a horror story.

annonymous
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annonymous

Yes it is horrific and still continues??????

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This women is ridiculous. She has the union rep., Mr. Toussaint, inside her pocket. He has done nothing to support the new teacher and lies, cheats and steals to get ahead.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr. Toussaint was supposed to be my mentor. I recieved no mentoring. All he did was ask to use all my lesson plans for different topics. He claimed to have mentored me on several days I was absent. This school is a sad story. Toussaint promotes clubs to children and pushes his own politics on them which should not be discussed in the classroom.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Teachers are given no voice and if they voice opinions or raise valid concerns or ways to improve the school then other teachers are told to stay away from them and they are gossipped about by the schools inner circle of promoted teachers and some of the most Professionally ineffective staff members.Staff is promoted and valued only after agreeing with evetything the administration says and does.Tactics are demoralizing and abusive and nothing is done to stop this on any level.Furthermore the principal uses her power to degrade and taunt staff at every level with her constant manipulation and unfair psychological tactics which are used by administration daily.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Total disregard and disrespect for educators by principal.She picks everything apart and does not trust hardworking staff to actually do their best work and destroys teaching spirit and relationships of all staff from intended to tenured alike.She makes everything personal and goes out of her way to bully staff.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The district needs to step in and investigate her abusive and immoral tactics

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The state should step in to investigate the principal’s tactics and motives.Compliance is done only on paper with teachers left to their own devices to figure out how to best teach children with Ieps and ell labels.others enable this by nodding and covering this all up on paper.Retaliation occurs when teachers speak up and try to help or reach out for support.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

My class had 28 students. 15 of them all had IEPS which is illegal. No assistance from the Special Ed. ATR who never cane to class and stayed in his office. The DOE and union rep. who was Ualin Smith at the time did nothing except allow Ms. Meri to retaliate. I somehow lost my case on retaliation. I still have the union appeal which Meri has postponed several times. I now have an awesome teaching job now which is great. Meri retaliated with ineffective ratings across the board. Yet my test scores highly effective. My students’ surveys were the highest in the whole school. Ms. Meri has no business as an administrator and should be locked away. She let’s teachers cheat. She has had teachers working with no licenses. Teachers who cheat get away with anything. They even use drugs and sleep with students. Sick people. Horrible school!

Concerned educator
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Concerned educator

Instead of accusing teachers and vilifying innocent educators perhaps Administration, perhaps the administration needs to take a good long deep look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves why their leadership is so poor and their entire staff is so unhappy except for a handful of favorites. Perhaps the issue lies in the leadership of the school and the unfair practices of administration and perhaps if the administrators were better at their jobs they would have less turnover and happier and more productive employees who actually want to stay at the school long-term. Food for thought.

Concerned educator
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Concerned educator

Staying in the office and gossiping about staff and teachers is not a way to run the school. Anyone who dares to speak up or speak out is abused by administrators.what happened to respecting teachers abd focusing in. On what’s best for the kids?Post after post says that same message.Everyone cant be wrong!!

Concerned educator
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Concerned educator

Vendettas and hypocrisy are the name of the admi nistration game at metro.

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Whatshappening@aol.com

Several Teachers are interrogated about posts when an investigation should be going on with the administration and the horrible things they do to staff and students and policies at the joke of a real school.

Educated one
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Educated one

My heart truly breaks for the staff at the school.As a former teacher, I know about the abuse of the administration when I was often yelled at for absolutely no reason and was made to feel like much less of a professional. Basic respect has been completely obliterated at that school from what I understand from my friends who still work there. Why should professional people be treated in such a horrible manner when they’re working with the most needy students in all of the city? The answer is they should not teachers basically have no voice they didn’t when I worked there and they still do not have a voice. Thank God I work for an administration who values Innovation increased creativity. I’m wishing you well and hope to regain your spirit confidence and professionalism once again.

annonymous
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annonymous

I know I experienced this principals lack of support for the competant teachers who actually cared about the kids, refused to cheat and refused to lie to students and tell them they could only take one regents at a time. Principal did this to get paid as long as she could for the student!!!Even the students who had a child were held back due to a lie!!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

File an anonymous Special Ed. Complaint. They make it difficult though because you need to provide full details and student Osis numbers but she will definitely experience backlash. It’s a sad situation.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If you do not report Ms. Meri’s behavior thing will only get worse and not better. Call your union rep.or file a complaint with SCI/OSI. This woman’s abuse of power needs to stop and this is how you can defeat this woman.

Imnu
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Imnu

We need some major help here at the school. We just sat through a meeting where we were basically threatened by our administrators about how most of us are not tenured and how if we don’t enforce rules that have not been enforced ever by those in charge we will not get tenure. Due to a big visit this week, teachers were given verbal warnings as a group to enforce rules about food being brought from the outside at lunch and the smell of marijuana on students. When asked about administrative support we were told that it’s only our responsibility to enforce it in our classrooms when all year students have been watched on camera by leaders going in and out of the school and coming back with food during lunch time and have been allowed to smell like marijuana while Administration is doing absolutely nothing to help us. The principal does not enforce any school-wide supposed policies until there’s a visit. And even then she places the enforcement solely on the responsibilities of the teachers and not on herself. She threatens us with proposed letters in our files and blames us for the kids coming to school smelling like… Read more »

Imnu
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Imnu

We have reported it but no one helps us!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Keep reporting. The DOE has to step in eventually. Go to SCI/OSI and keep a log of everything she does. Go to the papers. All of the teachers need to do this together. They’re not going to listen to just one teacher but if teachers work together they can beat her at her own game. She has a lot of dirt on her already. Don’t give up!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Also why do other schools still visit this school as a model after all the problems? Meri has to have dirt on someone important… she beat charges so many times. Or she just has a large enough payroll amount to pay off whomever she wants to!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Her latest tactic is to rate inexperienced teachers with low ratings although they have had a history of prior effective ratings.And no longer is support ever provided to these teachers.In addition, such teachers have been unfairly retaliated against because they spoke out.
Please stop this abusive and morally corrupt school leadership for the sake of basic fairness and dignity.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Contact Bryan Glass. I just had a PERB retaliation case against this woman. He’s really cheap and a good lawyer. OSI called me today. I’m gonna give the woman a write up of all the problems at this school. I was given a recommendation letter and then when I had to take off for a medical problem I went one day over. Called the union and was given ineffective ratings across the board. Everything will eventually catch up to her. The PERB judge can’t take Meri’s word for everything again. I have a great teaching job now and am thankful for that. I’m sorry for what is happening but things will get better once you get out of that cesspool of a school. The union has probably had enough of this horrible woman. Her time is about to be over. Be sure to explore all avenues reporting her to every agency and record everything that she is doing. Good luck in your fight. Stay strong! We can beat this evil woman finally!

Teacher
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Teacher

The leaders think that throwing food at staff and students makes up for disrespect and abuse.The mistreatment and disregard for hard work and professionalism of staff is insane.Only 3 or 4 staff members are treated well while everyone else is belittled and treated as subhuman.When will the staff get some help here?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

By those 3 or 4 teachers that you are referring to you mean the AP teachers who cheated their way to the top? They are all pervs and criminals. If you only knew about some of their backgrounds and things they’ve done. Very sad story happening at this place!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

After being abused, belittled, harassed daily by this evil woman and never given a single effective rating because I refused to cheat I just received my yearly observation report of all effective ratings across the board. I was even discontinued after just one year of teaching. I feel the pain that all the teachers on this site are going through. Good luck to all you hard working teachers! Noone deserves to be treated this way. I really hope Meri gets hers soon!