Principal Jaleelah Cooke

YOUNG LEADERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

468 EAST 140 STREET
BRONX NY 10454

4 Comments

  1. Former Staff member

    “At the end of April, after only being observed twice during the entire school year, I was told by the assistant principal that the school was going to file for my discontinuance and that they were already looking for the teacher that was going to replace me the next school year. Immediately after these threatening statements, I was repeatedly harassed by the AP in the form of disciplinary action meetings related to incidents between students that occurred either during recess or after dismissal, which are times when students are not under my supervision. Another one of these meetings was about an accusation that stated that I didn’t follow through with coaches’ directions presenting evidence of my work with the coaches, who did not cooperate with me to refute the charges against me. There was another meeting scheduled to accuse me of not reading an email that was sent to me at 6:00 pm regarding last minute changes that were supposed to happen earlier the next morning.
    These acts of harassment encouraged me to decide to resign from my position from PS 369 at the beginning of May, fearing that no matter what I did, they were determined to give me a poor rating. I was observed about four times within the last week of May and the first week of June. Without any form of feedback, most of the observations rated me as a developing teacher.
    Since the administrators had made very clear that “This is not the school for me” I was more than ready to transfer somewhere else however, as I’ve been rated “Ineffective”, this will certainly lessen the chances to be hired anywhere within the DOE. What are my next steps?

  2. “I retired a year ago, before I intended, as our new principal (named above) was rude, disrespectful, and unprofessional toward me (and many others).Although I am an early childhood educator, I was placed in fifth grade, a clear indicator of what was in store for me. Thus, I left.
    As an adjunct professor at Lehman College and a facilitator for the Bank Street and DOE pre-k collaboration I care intensely about the students and colleagues that I left behind and have become aware of many incidents in which my former colleagues have been bullied and forced to leave. (I sent you a letter I wrote to Michael Mulgrew with details). I will simply say here that last year SEVENTEEN educators left the school and this year at least six and probably more have moved on.”

  3. Current Teacher

    At the end of her first year as principal of 369x, 17 educators fled, seeking new assignments. At the end of this year I have heard that already 10 teachers are leaving, and possibly more before school begins.
    Why? In my and many others’ opinion, she abused her power. An example: In the first month of her working at our school I requested a meeting with her to ask for assistance in two areas: as a kindergarten teacher I was required to administer approximately 70 one on one assessments for twenty five students and asked for some assistance. Her reply: “You mean you are NOT CAPABLE?” and had the ap write that down. I then asked for help in getting students with IEPs their appropriate services. Once again she scolded me, telling me that, if a school didn’t have the proper services they had to be creative. Rather than respond verbally I wrote a letter to the union describing the nasty way I was addressed when I asked two very reasonable and professional questions. Ten months later when she placed me, a veteran early childhood educator in the fifth grade!!, she told me it was because I had trouble with assessments and fifth graders could do them independently. I decided to retire. I am a highly experienced EC educator, adjunct professor at Lehman College, and a Bank Street facilitator for the Pre-K for All project.
    It was clear that the administration wanted me to leave. I obliged rather than be treated the way I was.
    Two new young teachers were “discontinued” because they dared to stand up for themselves. They were not observed the proper amount of times, (everyone was observed in the last month, sometimes daily) nor documented, nor supported.
    Some teachers were told to negotiate, by resigning from the school, rather than get an ineffective rating. A school psychologist resigned from the school because of the unprofessional and demeaning way she was spoken to. For each of the 27 people who have left in the last two years there is yet another story. Some have to do with the AP, Anwar Zindani, who also should be nominated!

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