Educators in Community District 19, Region 5, Are Not Able To Teach; Letter to Mayor Bloomberg
Accountable Action: What will Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein do? UPDATE: Result: LIS is forced to resign; Bloomberg/Klein never respond
UPDATE On Region 5 media exposure of LIS Mrs. Frances Monticciolo:
Subject: Re: www.parentadvocates.org has heard your plea
Date: 6/5/2004 3:36:57 PM Eastern Standard Time
We are happy to announce that the LIS, Mrs. Frances Monticciolo, was forced to resign as of early May. The barrage of communications and pressure from so many of our colleagues was really the critical factor. However, we are unwilling to come forward publicly at this time because we are unfortunately still working under the reign of terror of Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Regional Superintendent (Region 5).
Please share our letter with everyone; we would really appreciate it.
The Chancellor nor the Mayor never provided a response.
From: Jane Doe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, April 24, 2004 2:43 PM
To: NYC news media
Subject: We need your help! We can't teach!
Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg
Mayor of the City of New York
New York, NY 10007
Dear Mr. Bloomberg:
We are a group of demoralized educators in Community School District (CSD) 19 in Region 5, and we feel compelled to write to you about the incompetent, inhumane, and unprofessional leadership of our Local Instructional Superintendent (LIS) Frances Monticciolo. We are suffering under her poor leadership, and our city's children are suffering.
Since September, she has proven to be an incompetent and inhumane leader. Her supervisory skills demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of the instructional process. She reprimands teachers and administrators on items she has not explained, and she provides no sound pedagogical practices in her own style. She appears to have no real understanding of child development, the learning process or how to collaborate with colleagues. She berates us in front of our students and peers about minutia that do not support the big picture of learning. For instance, she demands that our bulletin boards only include perfect work, regardless of the fact that our students skills range from age, to various skill levels, to English Language Learners (ELL's) and other youngsters who require intense academic intervention. Mrs. Monticciolo! 's expectations tells students who are not "perfect" that they do not belong; she has no concept of recognizing growth or differentiated instruction or learning. Her continued abusive manner has hurt CSD 19's morale and productivity. Nothing is applauded; all is berated.
Mrs. Monticciolo's lack of professionalism and lack of respect for others is on par with a power-hungry dictator who cares little for her subjects. She refers to us as "idiots," "morons," and "stupid" according to the feedback we have heard. She strongly encourages the administrators to rate us "unsatisfactory", but she does not provide meaningful staff development, mostly because she seems incapable of understanding the instructional process. She believes that leadership is accomplished through bullying; she bullies principals and AP's and encourages them to do the same with us. This school yard strategy not only doesn't work, it is also juvenile and demoralizing as well. Mrs. Monticciolo should model behavior we expect our students to follow as good citizens and community members, not contradict it.
For all the reasons cited above, we call upon you, Mr. Mayor to instruct the Chancellor to remove Mrs. Monticciolo from her post immediately. While we applaud the efforts of Chancellor Klein and the new administration, we can not stand idly by and be abused, We are hard-working educators, who give our best every day to the most at-risk youths of New York City. Mrs. Monticciolo can not be allowed to continue belittling our efforts and persons on a daily basis. The climate this woman has created is the complete antithesis of learning and educating; she has created a climate of fear. We are sure you will agree that this is not how we want to educate our city's children.
We expect immediate attention to this matter. If action is not taken, then we are prepared to go to all media outlets to uncover this story.
We are awaiting your response.
Region 5 Demoralized Educators