Testimonials

As one of the probationary teachers whose career was ended unjustly in the last few years, I have to say thank you so much to all of you who are involved in this effort. At the time that it happened, I had never felt so horrible and alone in my life. I was the only one I knew who had gone through what I was going through, and some people, even family members, didn’t believe me when I told them how bad it was. To be honest that time has left some emotional scars that are still not healed. I can’t tell you how much it means to see a community of educators fighting for people like me. It lets me know that I wasn’t the only one; it didn’t happen because I really was a terrible teacher, it happened because there are some principals out there who are abusing the system. I wish I could be there in New York to help with the fight on the ground, but I’m with you in spirit! Thanks again to all of you.”
-Mindy
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Good afternoon,
 
I got official word in the mail today and I am NOT being discontinued.  I have all of you to thank for this!  I am so grateful that you all were willing to stand beside me as I fought through this ordeal.  And ____, thank you once again for aiding me in securing a position at ____ _____.  I’m so excited to get started.  
 
Francesco and Lydia, you both have been absolutely amazing and so supportive.  I would love to be able to contribute to DTOE however possible and look forward to helping others escape the holds of a tyrannical administration.  
 
Thank you all and please keep in touch!”
-Undisclosed Teacher
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“Hey,

I just received a certified letter from ______ office stating his reaffirmation that I am discontinued from service at ______ _______ but that he will not be seeking termination of my license. I know it will likely be difficult to find employment for the fall but at the very least I will still be able to be a teacher!
I just want you both to know how appreciative I am of all your support and guidance through these past couple of weeks. It was so very important for me to know that I was not alone and I could turn to someone with experience and advice. With that in mind I would like to offer any kind of help I can to DTOE and continue to learn more about the education system of New York that we are trying to make it through. Please let me know what I can do at anytime, I will be glad to help!
Thank you, thank you, thank you,”
-MA

” Thank you for your moral support and your concern. Being part of a community, even if that community is “people screwed over by the DoE,” made the whole process less awful.

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I started in the DOE in mid-2003 (no one, at every district in the city could find my resume on their desks, faxes and e-mails for a whole semester until one found it by accident after being told there was a school with 5 classes who’d had nothing but substitutes for a semester – something I’m told is now commonplace, and saw mine and saw I actually had the holy grail: a file number!). I had 4 years prior experience, was triple-certified (chem, bio & gen’l science, English – the English just by default, from my undergrad degree, not from my MA in science ed from Teachers College or any cert. exams), 6 yrs science lab experience (all increased my vertical place on the salary scale — for the 2 semesters of my 6 total semesters that were under science appointments!) and MA+40 (differentials go to +30 as I recall). Even had at least one glowing parent letter (prestigious school just down the street from City Hall that I’ll leave nameless) to the new local chapter rep (pretended she never got it and didn’t want it) and dept chair/ass’t principal, AND principal, AND it was well known I had been… Read more »
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Nancy Quiñones
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Ok here are just a few names to throw out there to be leary&weary of starting with Sandra Burgos, Cynthia Quitana&Julie Narriman who ALL are very inept principals in the Columbus campus bldg. Lest I forget Fiorella Cabrejos, Iris Blige&Penny P. inside the Roosevelt campus. Very weak minded women who try to use strong arm tactics that are a joke. Blige never even taught&Burgos has less than fifteen years under her belt though she did many things to work her way to the top! Principals nowadays are ineffective themselves and aren’t for kids as they claim. Constantly changing programs up Til January, hiring family members who get caught siphoning funds(Iris Blige), letting kids run the school(Quintana) is just the tip of the iceberg. In this day&page it is who you know like the Superintendent Staples to get a good job like Ferrone did. I’m retired now but could blow the roof off of many in this job! The Morris Campus library is a wreck. No librarian, food&icon dons ALL over the place, books on the floor, no shelves!! How could such principals as Matthew Mazzaroppi consider himself a showcase principal with no good intentions but to promote his attitude. He… Read more »
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this principle come to A and D cause he thought it was the oil what he put on his joint when he did the dirty thing. He put A and D on him and do it to the students. like he done.