My son had Pat Polifrone 12 years ago when she was teaching the second grade class in the PACT program at Slater School. He was the youngest in the class by a whole year because of his birthday. She was tough and she expected her students to strive to be the best that they could be. Did she baby them? No. Did she baby the parents? No. She did what a teacher was supposed to do and that was to try and teach the children.
Being a parent in the PACT program allowed me to spend as much "volunteer" time in the classroom as I wanted to. I saw Pat on her "good" days, and I saw Pat on her "bad" days. Was she abusive? Absolutely not. Did she expect her students to sit in their seats and behave like a second grader should? Absolutely. Did she have her students' best interest at heart? Absolutely. Did she wrap her arms around her students when they needed a hug? Absolutely. Did she scold them when they needed to be scolded? Absolutely. Did she raise her voice? Absolutely. Did she support the parents in the best way she knew how? Absolutely. Was Pat Polifrone infallible? Absolutely not. Was Pat Polifrone human? Absolutely.
How did Pat manage to teach as long as she did in this district? Do you mean to tell me that if she were "abusive" towards our children that we parents from a different generation wouldn't have done something? Don't be ridiculous.
I do not know the circumstances of the most recent events that involved Pat Polifrone but I hope she pursues a grievance against the district and I hope she continues to be the person and teacher that she is.
Pat, please know that there are many, many, many of us that support you and I want you to know that I am here for you if you need anything.
and son Casey Lee
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