My original site was nothing like it is now. Last February I was summoned to meet with Superintendent Erminia Caludio, Principal Linda Hill and my UFT rep, Sean Rotkowitz. I printed all my Thank You emails, from the principal, as well as all my Satisfactory observations and Letters of Recommendations. They were useless at that bogus meeting. (SeeValentine’s Day Post).I wound up throwing them on a primitive Google Site, in an attempt to sort my files. The site was made private. Between February 14 2012 and February 28, 2012, the day SCI came and confiscated computer equipment from my class and home, I was creating what used to look like this: https://sites.google.com/site/donttreadonportelos/On or about March 1st it went public.
As I was doing research for this post I took a good look at the update I wrote one month prior to my removal. See below. It’s in the link above, but I’ll paste it here too. Let me know what you think about the text in red: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
UPDATE 3/31/12:ProtectPortelos.orgis moving! I am working on a better site with more interactivity, RSS Feed, sharing commenting. Your input is very important to me.
**Word on the streets (hallways) is that they are planning a drastic measure to get me out of school before the upcoming UFT elections. Do not be surprised if an “anonymous” 311 call is made accusing me of doing something awful. Either way they will have to take me out and put me on desk duty while theyinvestigate.
I have had the Gadsen Flag (seen above), which is part of American History and represents freedom, on my classroom door for over a month. When I came back from Jury Duty it was torn down. I wonder by who. I replaced it with a bigger one and immediately told I have to take it down. I am still unsure why but will find out. If it’s blocking the window then all teachers need keep their window clear. If it is for any other reason then we may have an issue.
Side Note:Almost twoyears ago, as I was leaving to go home, I stopped by my principal’s office, as I often did, to say goodnight. Shesurprisinglychallenged me to a game of Tic Tac Toe. I said ok and we played for a few rounds always breaking in a tie. She then made a statement that I will always remember: (paraphrasing)“In a game when two opponents are evenly matched they will always break in a tie.“It’s not about winning….it’s about not losing and that is what we should teach the children”.I am not saying that I am evenly matched with anyone and know I am outnumbered, but my goal is just that…not lose. Have a great weekend!
Thank you all for your support, your over 100,000 views from over 75 countries around the world. As long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing.
A special shout out to the students who told me they are signing a petition in school to have me reinstated.