Dear Ms. Jones,
Happy end of the school year!
I wanted to take a few moments to let you know how sad we are that Michael’s fourth grade school year is almost over. I find it amazing that one school year could change so much in my son’s life.
You have single-handedly in one-year crushed his desire for learning and his general self-esteem. I’m not sure how we will survive fifth grade without your diligence. You have convinced him that he is not giving 100 percent and not operating at his full potential and he whole-heartedly believes it. He now believes that he is not as good as his peers in school and feels that he is a loser. I commend you for being so direct and successful in your actions.
I’d also like to commend you for failing to recognize or bring to my attention the BLATANT signs of his ADD. I’m sure this special skill comes from your background as a special needs teacher. Even after discussing our concerns with you at our initial teacher conference, you remained quiet. Even though Michael is a textbook ADD child, however, you did an OUTSTANDING job treating him as a lazy student who could do better if he would simply apply himself. Good job!
Your failure to respond in any way to many of my e-mails requesting information was also FABULOUS. Clearly this special skill is how you manage to remain employed and I’m sure your performance reviews reflect this. The fact that I had to enlist the assistance of our principal to have many of my questions addressed, in a full-blown ARD conference on NUMEROUS occasions, with three teachers, most of the special needs teaching staff, the principal, vice-principal and speech therapist, was truly above and beyond your call of duty.
Congratulations on making our son’s fourth grade year such a memorable experience. We hope to one day soon obliterate it from our memories (most likely with the help of a therapist). We wish you well in your future endeavors and can only pray that some time in your near future you realize that teaching is NOT your calling.