Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy – Do Not Apply
On the advice of a few good sources, I added this school, quietly, without detail, to the Do Not Apply list last summer. No one wrote in to correct me, nor did anyone write to add details. I let it sit.
But over the last few weeks, this little high school on Story Avenue in the Bronx (is that Soundview?) has generated more than its fill of negative comments. I reproduce them, below.
In New York City, there are good schools, bad schools, and in between schools. But some are so bad, so toxic, so abusive of new teachers, so arbitrary, so threatening, demeaning or intimidating, that no one should apply to work in these places. There are schools where a new teacher coming in has an unacceptably high risk of leaving in a year, or even before the year is out, lost to teaching forever, whether by being traumatized by the experienced or targetted for dismissal by an out of control principal.
These schools are Do Not Apply. Felisa Rincon is one. (click “more” for comments)
2009 February 27
The Felisa Rincon Gautier Institute is runned by a 6th grader, who throws tandrums, gets ghetto, and is less articulate than her struggling reading, and math students………….she pals around with some femalesteachers
Yes, I heard of how the principal at the Felisa Rincon school actually prompts kids to lie on teachers, she is dangerous!She is a major liar herself!She has defamed the characters of more than one of her teachers, by placing false charges on them, without any proof! What goes around comes around!!All of these administrators will reap what they sow, it is just the way life is! It is called Karma, and it is also a Biblical principle!Do not fret about these administrators! leave them in God’s hands!!
2009 March 7
I heard that they are going to close the building of the Felisa Rincon school due to the fact that it is built on toxic material……it is also headed by toxic individuals too!
How can you be a school leader at the age of 24? You need experience to understand the nature of teaching. Teaching for two years and then becoming a principal does not make you an education leader! This principal, who did not even receive tenure in her teaching license, is telling teachers how to teach. Do medical students tell doctors how to operate? She doesn’t even understand the methodoloyg of teaching unless she quotes it from a book. If she reads from a book, then she tells teachers how to teach! There’s no experience for her to share with the teaching staff. She has no empathy for the teaching staff. She’s numbers, data, statistics, reports,etc. When teachers do show her the data why certain programs are not working, she does not want to hear it because it’s not following her agenda of ignorance. Klein allowed her to be in charge of a school with so much responsibility when she really should be in charge of growing up and maturing in this system. I feel that the students, in the end, are short-changed because a true, experienced educator was not chosen to run the school. The ironic part here is that students see how incompetent she is and they are so displeased with the school. How very sad!
I forget to mention that the school is Felisa Rincion de Gautier where the principal became a principal at 24 now 30. By the way, the assistant principals are not any better. Three incompetent administrators and teachers are being blamed for not promoting students to next level.