story of a highly regarded high school guidance counselor, named Tiffany Webb, (37 years old) who was not granted tenure because of her past history as a lingerie and underwear model when she was in her late teens (18-20 years old). In fact, according to the article she was removed from the New York City schools and sent to the "rubber room" two different times for a year long stay during her teaching career because of those photos as they circulated on the Internet without her approval. Eventually one of the students in her last school Murry Bergtraum High School found the pictures of the guidance counselor on the Internet and gave it to the now ex-Principal of the school who not only refused to give her tenure but proceeded to terminate her. Ms. Webb was forced to leave the school system, despite previously being a teacher for ten years. Apparently, her journey between elementary, middle, and high schools as well as a two year stay in the infamous "rubber room" as a teacher never earned her tenure protection before she became a guidance counselor. .Now you know why tenure is so important!
Ms. Webb was hired as a teacher in 1999 and disclosed her previous employment as a model wearing scantly clad undies. Apparently, the DOE did investigate her and gave her a clean bill of health to work in the New York City schools. However, pictures of her continued to circulate throughout the Internet in some less than reputable web sites and resulted in her being removed to the "rubber room" on two separate occasions as the DOE checked out if these photos of her were actually porn. The DOE investigation concluded that the photos did not constitute porn and she was at least eighteen when the photos were taken and the case appeared to be closed. However, Ms. Webb decided to become a guidance counselor and despite excellent work and being highly regarded, the ex-Principal Andrea Lewis refused to give her tenure and she was instead terminated for "conduct unbecoming a DOE employee". The reason, because her unauthorized photos can be found by students on the Internet, how lame. She is now suing in court and I wish her well since she has been wronged and should get her job back with pay and damages.
This is yet again another case of the DOE "double standard" as administrators and managers get a pass for misdeeds while school staff are terminated for the most frivolous and innocent actions and in Ms.Webb's case legal employment that somebody in the DOE twisted and perverted into something seemingly evil. Which person would you rather your child be with Ms. Webb or these two DOE employees? Here and Here? The answer is very obvious, Ms. Webb by far.
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