Throwing A Life Preserver In The Sky

Phyllis Fagell on what she’s learned through Career Confidential

Teacher struggles to involve parents from all cultural backgrounds 

Q: I’m an elementary school teacher, and I welcome parent involvement. We have a large immigrant population in my school. Without fail, the parents who come on field trips, volunteer to [...]

February 6th, 2018|

Confronting a teacher with disturbing behavior   

Q: I’m a principal, and one of the teachers in my school is in a bad state. He doesn’t practice proper hygiene and often takes off “ill” in the middle of [...]

January 30th, 2018|

What should teacher do if coworker lied on resume? 

Q: I’m in a weird position. I work at a high school, and I have a pretty good relationship with another teacher in my science department. He’s a respected teacher. The [...]

January 23rd, 2018|

Teacher can’t move beyond her mistake

Q: I’m a high school math teacher. Five months ago, I made a stupid mistake. I accidentally sent personal information about one of the students in my class to a different [...]

January 16th, 2018|

Principal frustrated by rigid teacher’s lack of empathy

Q: I’m a principal at a large public high school in Wisconsin. As principal, I know some teachers will need more hand-holding than others, but one of my 9th-grade science teachers [...]

January 9th, 2018|

How should principal handle teacher’s vague sexual harassment report? 

Q: I’m a principal, and one of my teachers recently confided in me that she’s been sexually harassed by a male colleague. She said that he’s been asking her to perform [...]

January 3rd, 2018|

I want to advance, but my principal plays favorites

Q: I work in a highly regarded school that’s full of ambitious people, including myself. I’d like to be an administrator. Even our principal wants to be promoted to director [...]

December 19th, 2017|

When a parent complains to a teacher about another teacher 

Q: I’m a homeroom teacher in an elementary school. It seems like whenever I leave the school building, a parent is lying in wait, wanting to talk to me about a school [...]

December 12th, 2017|

Principal needs to master art of feedback not resort to bullying

Q: I work in human resources for a pretty big school district in Ohio. Staff members contact me for help when they feel wronged or bullied. I’ve gotten more than [...]

December 5th, 2017|

Teacher clashes with principal over all-staff email to advertise GSA

Q: We have rules at my school regarding when it’s appropriate to send an all-staff email. Basically, it needs to pertain to school business. I get that. No one wants their [...]

November 28th, 2017|

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