This site was originally created as a private location to gather my files after I was retaliated for speaking up about my school administrator’s misconduct. (Spoiler alert she was found guilty of stealing) District 31 Superintendent Erminia Claudio requested that I meet with her, my UFT representative and Principal Hill on February 14, 2012. To prepare for this meeting, I started compiling tons of thank you emails from my principal, then I thought why don’t I add my satisfactory observations, then I added letters of recommendations and finally briefly wrote a short synopsis of my story as I experienced it. To contrast the positive, I added sudden negative attacks, such as disciplinary letters and negative emails. The site was originally created and kept private from mid February 2012. This was just about after a month of vicious attacks. After investigators, from the Special Commissioner of Investigation, came to my class and house to confiscate computer equipment, on February 28, 2012, I thought to myself “The gloves are off and now it’s my turn. They, whoever they are, want to come at me Fine, but the public will be watching.” I originally bought the domain protectportelos.org because I was fighting alone and thought I needed protection. As the months progressed, I found that it wasn’t just I who needed protection, but many educators across the country that I speak to.
On March 7, 2012, I made the site public and it took off. First 300 people, then 800, then 2000….. I never imagined it would get to become a full play by play expose of the inner workings of modern day education. The more “they” pushed….the more I pushed back. I went from defensive to offensive. They want to neglect the education of our students,misappropriate tax dollarsand write blank checks to themselves NOT ON MY WATCH!
5 years later I was able to change the name without losing all the past post and pages. The site is now educatorfightsback.org and I share other fights educators have to endure.
How my last class always ended…