The North Bellmore Board of Education asked no questions as to WHY I was terminated and I was also denied due process by the board of ed as well. I was awarded TERMINATION as I completed my successful probationary period and after I had conducted 27 concerts thrououghout the district, in addition to other concerts and workshops throughout Nassau County, New York .
My picture conducting the North Bellmore District Orchestra
The union representative and president did absolutely nothing to defend me. She did not process my grievance and she did not take my grievance to arbitration. Thus, the union did not do their job. The school district broke the contract rule by not giving me the required 90-day notice of denial of tenure hearing and by denying me due process of law. The superintendent broke the law by also denying me due process of law by hiding my response to his "termination request" in the Board Meeting of May 5, 2005.
This was also an act of official misconduct. My right of representation and due process was denied me at that board meeting. This district also broke Education Law by not providing me with annual reviews.
They also committed acts of fraud by stating in a document that they DID in fact observe me, when in fact they did not, and no written observations exist for the years that they stated. They also continually falsely accused of not having my teaching requirements in order and falsely accused me of not having my credentials completed, when in fact I was more qualified than anyone in the district for my speciality. In fact, Education law requires that I have had my credentials and diplomas on file, for my speciality music position, so they also broke the law by not having these documents in my personnel file.
The same principal who wrote me up with false documents also misrepresented herself as a music expert. Later, at a NYS hearing, the superintendent perjured himself by stating in court that I had NOT held the position as district orchestra director of North Bellmore school district. However, I do have documents, letters and pictures and Music Journal evidence to support the fact that I WAS their only district orchestra director between 2002-2005.
The district also broke education law by not providing me with the Mandating Mentoring Program for all teachers with an initial certificate, which became law in 2003. In fact, I did not even have a supervisor, who could have defended me from these false accusations.
This is called malfeasance when a district does not provide this for a new teacher. It was because of all their negligence that I was fired from this job and falsely accused of being an incompetent teacher. No one knew what I did in this schools district, so the superintendent fired me. But that did not stop the Superintendent from collecting funds from the community when they voted to continue the program that I had developed.
I worked diligently for this career from 1994-2003 at the Queens College Music Education Program, earned my Bachelors in Music Education in 2000 and Masters Degree in Music Education in 2003 and have all the required updated music certifications and more. I also have an outstanding Federal loan for my education of $23,000. All this for a dead-end and abusive career which started and ended at North Bellmore.
Thus I was exploited, big time, and they were cunning enough not give me a job title which defined my role in the district, even though I conducted 27 orchestra concerts. Instead, they merely referred to me as a "teacher", in order to not pay me for all the extra work that I did, and skilled level of teaching needed for this position. An opportunistic maneuver to get quality and experienced teaching services of an orchestra director at Walmart prices. This is how it's done at North Bellmore.
I have not worked as a teacher since their termination and black-balling of my career since the superintendent, in addition to all the above, reaffirmed in court that he would give me a negative recommendation for all efforts at future employment.
I am grateful to be able to report this to Americas Worst Employers so that I can help other aspiring teachers avoid what I have experienced. If I can save one teacher from being employed by the North Bellmore School district, it will be worth it. My career started and ended at North Bellmore. My career ended, my professional and personal reputation was ruined, my healthcare abruptly taken away, retirements plans were destroyed, and chances of finding another job in the NYS public school system is null. Yet the superintendent gets off scott free, and there are NO consequences for him and he has continued his job, still makes approximately $250,000 per year, and this whole issue has been burried and taxpayers continue to pay through the nose for a superintendent who commits crimes such as these.
I still have nightmares and flashbacks of my termination and still experience severe bouts of post traumatic stress syndrome, all because I chose teaching as a career. Superintendent Mucci, Principal Marilyn Hirschfield and North Bellmore School District are truly Americas Worst Nightmare.
I have since discovered that this is happening to teachers all over America and is Americas best kept coporate secret at this time in our history.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my experience and to help other teachers.
D.H. New York
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