So, we are done. We will be asking for the other teacher for next year. The second and third grade classes loop with their teachers. It is not a positive environment for my son. The straw that broke the camels back? The teacher essentially called Isaiah a liar. We received a report from the teacher last Thursday that Isaiah got in trouble at gym. We asked him about it. He said he did not get into trouble. He has never lied about getting in trouble before. So, we asked the teacher if she was certain it was Isaiah that got into trouble. She e-mailed us back and said Isaiah was lying. Isaiah also said she pulled him into the hall and told him he was lying to his parents about gym. He told her he was not lying and that he told us the truth. She did not believe him. I felt like I was interrogating my son to get to the "truth."
So, I e-mailed the gym teacher. Isaiah is a pretty honest kid. He has never lied to us before. Sure, he can always start, but my gut said he was telling the truth. Guess what? The gym teacher told us exactly what Isaiah told us. He was not in trouble in gym. Another kid was pulling on his sweatshirt while he was trying to put it on and she was addressing it with both kids when Isaiah's classroom teacher walked in. I am livid.
We have done our best to be supportive of his teacher, to the detriment of our relationship with our child. At least, that is how I feel. I even told my husband earlier last week that I thought Isaiah was being bullied. He was giving off classic symptoms. We have had to start counseling because he is so stressed and anxious. Now, I know my instincts were right. It is the teacher. It is so hard for me to even say that. Working in the schools, I try to treat all teachers with respect and I try to be professional. I never want to believe anything bad. I want to believe that all teachers do what they can to treat all of their students with respect. However, it is obvious that this teacher does not like my child. Consciously or not, she is not treating him with respect. I am so pissed and sad.
I'm so sorry. That is awful and should never happen. If anything, I hope that Isaiah learns by watching how you and DH handle this situation as opposed to him losing trust in his teachers.
Mommy to 2 amazing little boys!
Angel babies 6/9/07 & 11/16/07
That is so difficult. And sad. I hope the rest of the school year flies by.
How terribly sad. I'm so sorry.