I started my school year so positive and excited for what would happen. I was slapped back into a harsh reality on Day 3. I cannot believe I am back in the quagmire of bullshite that has leaked from my harassment case.
My complaint against a fellow teacher was made in the fall of 2013. The DOE has yet to decide if they find and validity to my claim. WHatever. All I ever wanted was to have a schedule change and it eventually happened. However in the past two years, I have had figure out how to work along side this guy. I have had to navigate the comings and goings, meeting and day to day run ins with him. A year after this complaint our school split up into small learning communities. I wanted to be chosen for the Humanities Department – I wanted to teach some theatre classes. I have the back ground and the license. I was not chosen for that department but G was. The AP of that SLC is the same woman who told me to let her know WHEN he got sexually inappropriate and she would reel him in. She knew of the problem ahead of time and did NOTHING. She shunned me, walked away while I was talking and then didn’t pick me for the SLC where I would be most valuable. I had no proof that he was chosen OVER me but I had speculation…until this year.
In that first week, I was assigned to co-teach with the Humanities SLC coordinator. She and I were looking forward to a great year. She has a small office right outside the AP’s office where she asked me to meet with her to plan and prepare. I asked her AP if I should get switched to Humanities to make it easier for observations and planning. She told me no. She told me I can’t be in Humanities because she has G.
I was right all along. It felt wrong – why should I be overlooked because HE harassed me. Then it got worse.
The next morning my co-teacher told me that G approached her. He asked what I was doing in the Humanities Office. He told her we would have to find a new place to meet because He didn’t feel comfortable with me around. I was gobsmacked. He didn’t feel comfortable. In June the DOE told me that they couldn’t provide me with any information on my case and that I would have to deal with being in the building with him and now HE wants to ban me from an office because HE doesn’t feel comfortable. I was upset. I was more than upset. It was like this whole thing was right back to the beginning. I felt horrible , scared, confused, and worthless.
Then as I was leaving at the end of the day, my Union Rep approached me that G had requested the Unions help. He wanted to have the Union tell me I can’t use that office. I was outraged. I called and wrote to the person from the Office of Equal Opportunity handling my case. How dare he I thought. I told them that the AP said I can’t be in the SLC, the man wants me barred from the office. They asked me principal’s name again and haven’t gotten back to me. That was over two weeks ago. Since then, the AP of Humanities has asked my co-teacher to have a designated time that I come in and no other. I feel like I am the problem. I am so upset. What utter crap. I hate bureaucracies and sexism.