Things I’ve discovered this school year.   

Of things the things I’ve discovered this school year, nothing of it comes as a shock.  Yes, I am often astonished, but shocked?  This year, I’ve seen that to be a Principal in a NYC School, you have to remain behind the scenes.  Smile for the students, never talk to your staff directly (for fear of being anything other than a rumor) and my absolute favorite thing….to be the Head Principal in Charge well you don’t have to speak English.   It’s true.  I’ve been in professional development wondering if someone could hand me a Rosetta Stone.  This is not because the HPIC was speaking New Literacy Media jargon- no, the HPIC was just speaking Spanish, or doing her best impression of an inside joke.

Rosetta Stone close up.

Rosetta Stone close up. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oddly, I did learn something positive.  That is and keeping in mind that this stems from the lackluster leadership is that not all assistant principals have to suck.  Obviously, Mr. Cleo at Lean-On-Me High isn’t an example of this.  Nor would her male counterpart, Mr.  Vest, be a good example.  Not to say that he is on the same level of ineptitude as Ms. Cleo; they are on different levels.  She doesn’t know anything,  and while he may or may not, he just doesn’t do much.  But he he was helpful on some occasions.  But he wouldn’t be smart enough to steal a piano.  (See the attached story at the end.)

At the Android school for Nursing that I’ve ended the school year at- there was the Principal Blink and  you’d miss him.  However, he had two more than capable Assistant Principals.  There was AP Hottie Dominatrix and AP Daniellson.  Hottie Dominatrix was effective and tough.  She was nice, but had an air about her.  She was not the one to play with, yet the one to go to whether you were a teacher or student.   I really like her.


Mr. Daniellson was the pedagoge whip.  He was in charge of operations.  Thus he had to schedule observations, the Response to Interventions, keep track of all the detentions, and suspensions, and still look good.  It made him uptight or rushed, but understandable because there was tons of shit for him to do.  And he kept his metrics well.   There were a few slip ups during Mock Regents week, but then again, trying to coordinate Mock Exams while keeping ongoing classes for students not taking exams well ongoing…no envy there for his job.   It’s no wonder why on Friday’s he was down the pole like a Fireman, and probably drunk by 3:45.  I like Mr. Daniellson, like Ms. Hottie Dominatrix, he did what he could

Between the two of them, they worked really, really well with each other.   There was something about the school that kept me going back.  I hope to be back there next year too. It’s such an odd contrast.  The Lean On Me School had some really good people navigating the shit storm that was administration and then there were people who clearly were there coasting by, but as long as they sucked, or didn’t know what they were doing, they fit in with administration.  In comparison,  the Android school had it coming together, and the ones who had it together looked like the staff, and the ones who didn’t know what they were doing, kept doing it, and seemed to be ok with their ignorance, and the administration just seemed lost as to how to make them understand what was going on.  Instead, they scaffolded it with extra certified aids but really they just needed to get rid of the awful lead teachers.


I want to keep this short, so I’ll come back to the teachers in part II.


-Chester Kent

And as promised.  Idiot principal of the day!


Talk about hitting a low note.

A former city principal pilfered a Weber grand piano from his own school, costing him his job and a $1,000 fine, the city Conflicts of Interest Board announced yesterday.

Amoye Neblett, a 17-year employee of the Department of Education, hired a private moving company to haul a piano out of its rightful home in his Bronx school and into his Brooklyn residence so he could tickle the ivories in his spare time, COIB said.

Neblett admitted to the board that he did not get permission from any of his superiors before having the instrument shipped out of the Adult Learning Center, where he was principal, in the spring of 2009.

The aspiring Liberace may have been eyeing the grand piano as far back as August 2007, when he accepted it as a donation from another teacher at the school on East Tremont Avenue.

In addition to paying the fine, Neblett resigned and returned the piano to the school in March 2010, COIB said.

In exchange, he was not tried for his actions and did not face any criminal punishment. According to public records, his salary when he left the DOE in 2010 was $70,445 a year.

Because Neblett was not convicted of a crime, he can collect his full, taxpayer-funded pension, city officials said.

Despite his written statement of admission, Neblett disputed the board’s recap of events when approached by The Post yesterday outside his brownstone in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“That’s just ridiculous; it didn’t happen like that,” he insisted, speaking from his front door in a sleeveless undershirt. “In the position I have, in all the years of service that I’ve given to children and to the adult community, why would I steal a grand piano? It just doesn’t make sense. Anyone who knows me knows that wouldn’t be true. I don’t steal anything.”

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