“I can relate to Dr. Bentley. There is an undeniable air of contempt between many administrators and many teachers and it boils over into the classroom and disrupts the children. I worked for Millennium’s Cheryl Cendan and it was a horrible work environment for me. I was not one of her favorites so the woman took her course. Fortunately for me there was a lovely man, Willie Dudley, who protected me. The BTU was very helpful too. Principal Cendan’s Millennium was awful for me and many others. Mr. Dudley was a hero and was Cendan’s boss so he put things into perspective for her and for me. The head of Broward’s science department, Dr. Keener, also championed me. They both used logic and common sense.
Today, 11 years later, I am still teaching and I am a union steward so I see even more bullying from admin but now I get to be part of the solutions. I have nothing to lose so I always just tell the truth and tell it all! Our union is now stronger and more connected. As an employee, I won’t forget the rancid treatment of teachers and as a unionist, I can help. I love the work and the kids no matter what else happens.”
Robin Rothman NBCT