I will start by saying that almost every teacher at my very small school is amazingly dedicated, puts her students first always, 100% values and respects my opinion regarding the kids...except this one who drives me batty. She is very young (24) and this is her first time teaching in a US school. She did Americorps and Teach for America straight out of college where she taught in small villages throughout Africa. Obviously VERY different from an inner-city Charter school. She has this attitude that she is an "expert" because she taught in villages where they "literally had nothing"and was able to teach them English, teach them to read, etc. Bravo for her, but I hear her with her current students and she is JUST NOT NICE. When she talks to them she bends down over them, gets in their face and looks scary. She is super strict and just not warm at all. Don't get me wrong, I 100% know some kids need a stern teacher, but she is beyond with these kids. I have heard her question some of our veteran teachers and been like really??? You are questioning what a teacher with 20 years experience is recommending you try?
So the other day she emails me and it just says "Kid X needs a vision screen". That was the entire email. I couldn't believe it. So I emailed her back asking for a little more information, a little history, etc. She comes into my office and says "I am telling you the kid can't see. He squints and won't read". He is in First grade.
So I perform my vision screen and I email her back "He is fine 20/20 vision". And she starts to argue with me. I said "He can see perfectly, he doesn't know his letters". Silence from the teacher
My question is, how can such an amazing teacher not know her kid doesn't know his letters after almost 2 months of school????