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News - March 27, 2009

Huff teacher is out for the year

District mum on reason — departure follows controversy over her methods

by Casey Weiss

A fourth grade teacher at Huff Elementary School teacher who some accused of having an "abusive" teaching style will not return to her classroom this year, according to a letter from the principal sent out to parents late last week.

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Posted by William Symons
a resident of Waverly Park
on Apr 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I applaud and respect Principal Sharon Burns for her hard and successful work her first year at Huff, and her delicate handling of this regrettable and difficult situation. I really hope she stays. Her sincere smile is contagious, and she's always visible around school.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jun 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Word from the board meeting is that Ms. Polifrone will be returning in the fall to teach 6th grade at Graham Middle School. I guess those same traumatized students from Huff will face up to her again as if once wasn't enough.

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Posted by Nell
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

This is appalling. How can this be?

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Posted by Mari
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I'm curious and not familiar with the story. Why was her teaching style considered "abusive"?

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Posted by Mari
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Nevermind, I just missed the link to the full story.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 9, 2009 at 5:44 pm

The district is so concerned with Mrs. P's "abusive" teaching style they figured Middle school is her calling........
Attention all you anti-Mrs. P's she still has a job! Why, because she didn't do anything wrong. There was NO reason to let her go!!
If anyone is guilty of anything it is the school district and the administration.
She had no support from her fellow colleagues and the whole situation was handled poorly.
My daughter was sad when Mrs. P left adruptly and has not enjoyed the remainder of the school year. I am happy to see the school year end, but am concerned for Mrs. P and her future with this school district.
For those of you who do not know Mrs. P......don't believe everything you hear.
She is a great teacher and the district is lucky to have her.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Sounds like it's time for a witch trial. Teacher Union 1, District 0