Sunday, November 19, 2017
Six months ago, my episode of "Dark Net" aired. I am a Cyberbully victim, SURVIVOR, and activist. This is what has transpired since the May 2017 airing:
* I have grown to love and appreciate Nick and Quentin more. Those young men stood up for me and told the nation how TUHSD treated me.
* Karma is indeed something else. There has been such a shakeup at TUHSD. Anna Battle, from one black woman to another, "Girlfriend," (as you called me), you should have been awarded the Supt. position. You did everything that those people asked you to do, and then some. It was time for an African American Supt. Please do not believe what Dee Dee said that they wanted someone who had experience outside of the District. You do recall the Supt. prior to Dr. Baca. Didn't he only have TUHSD experience? As my Mom says all the time, "White folk will make a way for who they want, regardless of what they tell the press that they desire." You would have been the Supt. of TUHSD if you had not cost them so much money with your FIFTY AND ELEVENTY lawsuits AND my episode of "Dark Net." There is no way that they were going to award you this prestigious position when you have probably cost them a significant amount of money over the past 30 years. From my "perspective" (Kevin, thank you so much for that phrase), your excessive bullying and vengeance cost you that position. Oh, and your "community" that loved you so much? Why did they fail to protest your failure to receive the position? Here is why - they do not need you anymore. You served your purpose, and they have moved on. Moved. on.
* I allowed the Lord to FINALLY fight this battle for me. Wait on the Lord, and He will renew your strength.
* Kevin, I still do not believe that you will work one day as TUHSD's Supt. If that day comes to fruition, then the Prince of Zamunda will be asking me to marry him.
* Kevin, Kenneth, AND Greg Wyman, your time is coming. Anna has issues, but do you think that she is going to allow y'all to use her as a scapegoat without a price? Ha. You are three men who, from my perspective, allowed these White, Ahwatukee racists to cyberstalk and bully me. Greg, it is time to also mention you. You were the Asst. Supt. of Operations, and you were fully aware of my Desert Vista assault, yet what was your response? Kevin, although you are childless, you have nieces and nephews. I saw the photos in your office. How would you feel if someone cyberbullied them? Kenneth, how would you feel if someone stalked your daughter or son?
* Black female parents are reaching out to me and asking for assistance with their sons who are being bullied by TUHSD students/other AZ school districts. Kevin, what in the world is allegedly going on in your schools? I said, "How in the world did you find me?" One woman said, "Everyone knows about your struggle." Another AZ African American parent contacted me due to her child being bullied. She said, "I googled to see who else has struggled with bullying while being black in AZ, and your name appeared."
* I am thankful for my parents.
* I need for Oprah to contact me now and make a reality show based upon educators and their experiences. My TUHSD experience is not over yet. The Lord has told me that. Now, TUHSD thought that I was crazy about my "visions." Everything that I told y'all has come to fruition. Take HEED.
* Readers, I would like to thank you for following me. God bless.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Nic Stone's Dear Martin, Tempe Union High School District, and Self Hatred: Jesus, Don't Take the Wheel. Take the Entire Car.
This weekend, I read Nic Stone’s Dear Martin. I found myself, underneath my comforter, reading her novel at 3 AM. I could not put it down. I will not ruin the book for you by giving you a synopsis. Instead, I would encourage you to spend the $10.99 and have it downloaded to your Kindle. Justyne. S.J., Manny, and Doc.
The Black Man Curse is real, and I will devote the remainder of my post discussing how I was “Doc” at Desert Vista High School. Many students shared with me their issues, with race, at DV. Contrary to what Dr. Anna Battle says, there were profound racial issues at Desert Vista High School. From “my perspective,” Anna Battle ruined her reputation by suggesting that DV did not have racial issues when the T-shirt issue occurred. Anna, “girlfriend,” (as you used to say to me), the worst thing that you could have done was defend those racist girls for the shirt incident. Sweet Lord, Dr. Baca showed more anger than you did during the press conference.
Dr. Kevin Mendivil can continue to be delusional and say, “Dr. Cobb, from your perspective. . .” all that he desires. My response, “Kevin, have 50 seats, please. TUHSD would not be a “hot mess” if you had actually taken your Human Resources position seriously. “
There were two groups of African American students at DV – those born and raised in Ahwatukee and those from other parts of Phoenix/transfer students from another state. Indeed, the contrast was obvious. DVHS’s black students? Lawd, where do I even begin? They typically had African American parents who felt as if they made it. I compare them to Lawrence Otis Graham and his black elite saga. By this, I suggest that a plethora of black Ahwatukee parents subscribe to the post racial society viewpoint. In fact, I worked with one back in 2012. For the purpose of this post, her name is Michelle. Prior to DV, I worked with an Ahwatukee resident who, despite wearing long dreadlocks and being a fan of African American literature, Michelle drank the post racial society Kool Aid, and I sat back and watched her write up a fellow colleague for being “ghetto” and allegedly rolling her neck during meetings. This did not occur, but Michelle was similar to my former TUHSD supervisor, and she thrived off of, from “my perspective,” keeping her foot on black women’s necks. Michelle was raising her son in the same manner as Manny’s parents in Dear Martin. It’s good for my baby to have White friends. He can’t “pass,” but White folks have embraced him.
The novel reminded me of one student, whom I truly know that it will take a powerful force for him to make it. For the purpose of this post, his name is Michael. In 2013, Michael was a Senior in my English course, and he was definitely lost. Oh he thought that his fair complexion welcomed him into the “White world, “ but it did not. Michael was caught saying “nigger” in my classroom, and I suggested that he read Richard Wright’s Native Son. Of course, DV’s former principal twisted the matter to make it appear as if I was punishing Michael, and I was reprimanded for this.
Self-hatred is real.
I taught my share of Blakes, Mannys, and Justyces. It pained me to see black male and female students shrug off racist comments in order to be “cool.” That brings me to “Benjamin.” Benjamin is the young man who knows that a white racist said, “Benjamin take out your driver’s license. We can only see your teeth since you are so black.” My former co-teacher, a Hispanic male, was the ultimate Senor Pocho who did nothing to alleviate the racial tension found at Desert Vista. It sickens me that he continues to receive awards. From my viewpoint, he fostered the racism found on campus, and a former African American student informed me how he openly laughed at me when a student made some remarks about me in class. Yet, this teacher is applauded; however, if you gave tests with question as easy as “What holiday do we celebrate on the 4th of July,” you would be commended as well, if you needed an “A” in a History class.
Benjamin should have been like Justyce and punched the racist in his mouth, but of course, he did not, because it was more important for him to love the White folk in his Junior class - - -the same ones who elevated him and made him the “token black” during the 2013-14 academic year and remain in their good graces.
Benjamin, you sold out a black teacher. Have your former classmates remained in touch with you? I seriously doubt it.
The “Docs” make a serious sacrifice trying to mentor African American children who attend predominately White schools. For many, it costs them their position, because you have those self-loathing administrators who swear that their campus does not have any racial issues.
Anna Battle, 3 +3 equals what?
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Some days, I feel like “Westie” from Westie Connect (http://westieconnect.com/). Westie has been exposing Gilbert Unified since her close acquaintance was wrongfully terminated from the Gilbert Unified School District. Be sure to check Westie's page out.
Last night, I ran into a former Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) colleague. For the purpose of this post, her name is Mrs. McGee. I had not seen her in at least a year. We embraced and I said, "Did you watch my episode on Showtime?" She said that she had not due to not having Showtime, and I explained to her about how she can still watch it online. I also mentioned my guest appearance on "The Roland Martin Show." Now, I can always tell when people drank the "Maybe Dr. Cobb is crazy" Kool Aid, which from "my perspective" (Kevin Mendivil's favorite two words), was created and routinely stirred by TUHSD and the Ahwatukee community. Therefore, when I shared with her my Roland experience, her expression completely changed, and that is when I had genuinely captured her attention. Mrs. McGee said, “Did you hear that Battle was not promoted?” I responded that I nearly got on my hands and knees and praised God. Her husband laughed hysterically. I take my faith seriously, and I have to agree with my Dad – maybe God allowed me to get hired at DV in order to expose TUHSD at an international level.
Indeed, Jesus is a balm in Gilead.
We also addressed how some TUHSD principals were allegedly happy that Mendivil was promoted, because if he had not received the position, they feared that they would lose their job.
Sigh. Truly, I am waiting for the day that I find out that all of these bullied, certified TUHSD teachers have filed a class action lawsuit against the District for workplace discrimination, ADA discrimination, and retaliation. I do not know what is taking the District’s insurance company and Larry Ward so long to “drop” their “liabilities.” Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been paid to lawyers and former TUHSD employees due to improper workplace behavior. Yet, some of us are told that our complaints are “frivolous.”
What’s that mathematical equation again? 3+3 =? Carry what number?
Here is my math equation: James Goggin + Sally Alvarez + Cicely Cobb + those whose Complaints are currently being written by their Counsel = $$$$$$$$$ that TUHSD has spent on court cases.
We discussed Sally Alvarez’s lawsuit (Alvarez v Tempe Union High School District, Anna Battle, and Kevin Mendivil), and that conversation led to me being asked the following question: Did you know that Drs. Baca and Mendivil also allegedly applied for the Gilbert Unified Superintendent position, and only Dr. Battle was selected as a finalist?
Something has been off with this trio since July 2017 when Baca announced that he was resigning in 2018. I knew that something was up, but I could not pinpoint it. Battle has been for applying for jobs, outside of TUHSD, since March 2017, when she was a finalist for the AIA position, and per Mrs. McGhee, Mendivil allegedly threw his hat in the ring for the Gilbert Unified position.
One friend often says, “Cicely, you find out everything. It’s as if you just step outside and information falls into your lap.”
She’s right, and just like I found out about Alvarez v Tempe Union et al, I will definitely find out all about this “shakin’”.
Larry Ward, it's time to start canceling insurance policies. . .
Monday, October 23, 2017
Yesterday, I came across an article, and I said, "Now, it is time to definitely share the tea that I've refused to "pour" for the past five years." Allegedly, five Amarillo, TX teachers were accused of speaking in a negative manner about their disabled students while eating dinner at Joe Taco. Another patron recorded the video. The teachers, who are now "victims," have retained a lawyer, and they have been placed on administrative leave. You can read the article at:
During my first week at Desert Vista High School, teachers were encouraged to join each other at Bleacher's, a local Ahwatukee bar, for a "Back to School" bash. My major rule is to not to drink in front of my colleagues. Therefore, I was "good and sober" as I listened to the conversations about topics that ranged from summer vacations to students. After this incident, I also created another rule - never leave your belongings in someone's car in case you need to leave. I rode to the restaurant with an administrator and teacher. By the end of the evening, I knew to treat both of them with a long-handled spoon.
As the evening progressed, one of the conversations that emerged involved an African American disabled student and her mother. The administrator proceeded to use profanity and gestures to mock both individuals. Another administrator, who places the letter "W" in weak, sat back and laughed as well. The ringleader said, "Oh, I think that I am too much for Dr. Cobb." The teacher laughed, but in retrospect, I am not surprised. The woman, who I will call, Mrs. Angle, truly knew how to work angles, especially every angle in her mouth to spread gossip. Both women were protected by their supervisor, and sadly, the supervisor had no idea how one evening, Angle demeaned her, while on the phone with me, about her parenting skills as well as issues that were private pertaining to said administrator's children. I said, "If she talks about her BFF's children in this manner, I can only imagine what she says about other DV students."
Months later, during my Spring evaluation, I reported the Bleacher incident and of course, I was told that it would be investigated. The response that I received months after the fact (in a nasty tone), "That person said that the comments were never made."
I guess that I was lying, did not witness the other administrator laughing, as well as the teacher who rode with me to the event. I am a liar just like Sally Alvarez, James Goggin, Beth Koester, and the list is growing.
I am still trying to find out the entire story involving Mrs. Koester. It was more than her trying to merely retire. I am fully aware that a settlement was reached, and she is not allowed to discuss the issues that led to her paid administrative lead. A former student, who I previously tutored, informed me about the fake Facebook accounts, her harassment, etc.. . . I have also heard about her evaluations, bullying, etc. . ..
Sigh. Arizona taxpayers. Arizona taxpayers.
Last May, I ran into a former colleague. For the purpose of this post, his name is Mr. Smith. Smith informed me that this "educator" had received a large promotion, and had been transferred to another TUHSD high school. Mr. Smith said, "____________ has no business running any school." I responded, " ______________ shouldn't even be allowed to play with a Fisher Price School House full of Weebles. Please allow me to tell you about the 2012 Bleachers incident. . . "
Delores and Otis were extremely protective of my brother and me, especially when it came to who influenced us. That is really difficult to do at a school. Blindly, parents believe that educators and administrators have their children's best interest at heart. Sadly, a significant number of them do not, and the population that parents need to especially protect are children who suffer from disabilities. Please be sure to closely monitor the teachers' verbal and nonverbal communication with your children. And, in this case, be sure to pay close attention to the school's administrators and their views towards the disabled.
Monday, October 16, 2017
S Is For Side Eye: Alvarez v Tempe Union High School District, Anna Battle, and Kevin Mendivil (2017)
Last Friday, while brainstorming ideas for blog posts, I came across Alvarez v Tempe Union High School District, Anna Battle, and Kevin Mendivil (2017). Immediately, I said, "Lord, please tell me that these two are not embroiled in another lawsuit."
When you allow God to fight your battles. . .
Readers, y'all know my history with Drs. Battle and Mendivil. In fact, ever since TUHSD shocked everyone and selected Kevin Mendivil as the new TUHSD Supt., my phone has rang nonstop. Granted, Mendivil is the lesser of the two evils, I am not elated that he was selected for this position. Dr. Mendivil knew what many certified/classified employees have endured, but from "my perspective," - Kevin's favorite phrase when speaking with me, he sat back and allowed us to be annihilated by a workplace bully.
Man UP, Kevin. Man. UP. Dr. Baca, I now understand why you have elected to leave TUHSD. How many lawsuits have been filed since you became Supt.?
In my Riley Curry voice, "Wellllllllll." Mendivil has found himself in his second lawsuit within a three year period. What is concerning is that this Co-Defendant has been selected as the Supt. of TUHSD. I want to know how is it possible that a Associate Supt. of Human Resources has been named in two lawsuits, since 2017, and he was recently appointed the Supt. of TUHSD.
3+3 equals what? What number do we carry?
Both of these individuals should not even be allowed to draw a photo of a schoolhouse on a sheet of paper. In fact, when they see a school bus, on the road, they should pull over and treat that bus as if it was an ambulance.
Some Arizonians, especially Ahwatukee residents have found it difficult to believe that TUHSD could actually condone workplace bullying, I want y'all to read Ms. Sally Alvarez's Complaint. Alvarez, like James Goggin and myself has a disability, and per the Complaint, she received less than stellar marks on her evaluation - - - the one that was conducted shortly after she returned from FMLA. Although she had previously received good evaluations, *surprisingly* she was now deemed as incompetent and encouraged to resign, or face termination.
The TUHSD playbook is the same. Maybe Mendivil will update it once he takes the helm in July, 2018. These Complaints all read the same - teacher either is a whistle blower or asked for an ADA accommodation, and suddenly, the employee is an ineffective instructor, director of transportation, coach, etc. .
S is for side eye.
Both Mendivil and Battle need to remain in TUHSD, because with these two lawsuits, I do not know how they think that another school district will hire them. These lawsuits are worse than any PIP that they placed TUHSD teachers on prior to termination. What's the favorite phrase that my colleagues and I heard - "Kevin and Anna, I am noticing a pattern here. We have all of these individuals filing lawsuits and naming you as Co-Defendants. Do you mean to tell me that each of them has lied? What would they possibly gain from lying about you?"
Let me stopping giving y'all the side-eye before my contact lenses get stuck in the corners of my eyes.
I encourage y'all both to read Exodus 14:14; Psalm: 27:14 ; and Philippians 4: 19.
It utterly disgusts me that the State of Arizona has to continue to pay for these lawsuits. We have TUHSD children whose parents are scraping cash together in order to pay their children's $1900 cheer leading dues.
You read correctly. $1900. Yet, TUHSD can continue to hire high-power law firms to fight lawsuits that should have never come into fruition.
If I had the energy, I would attend law school and become the Gloria Allred prototype needed to crush TUHSD.
Ms. Alvarez, I wish you the best. I am praying that you have a strong, support system, because you are going to need it. You will be called a liar, informed that you are crazy, and your so-called friends, who are still affiliated with TUHSD, may turn their back on you. Remain ENCOURAGED.
Note: Alvarez's Complaint can be found on Pacer. Please take the time to create an account and read it.
Monday, October 2, 2017
One of the biggest blunders that K12 principals and superintendents make is underestimating the power of a teacher's union. I have worked for two large school districts, and most definitely the Phoenix Union High School District's (PUHSD) Certified Teacher's Association (CTA) is an organization that people should never underestimate. In fact, PUHSD's CTA should offer workshops on topics such as how teachers should handle conflict with administrators; contract organizations; and turmoil caused by overbearing school officials who are attempting to destroy educators' careers. In Teacher union renewal: developing the power of the profession” (https://worldsofeducation.org/en/woe_homepage/woe_detail/15100/teacher-union-renewal-developing-the-power-of-the-profession), Educational International states that one of the pressing issues impacting American teachers is the “constant undermining of their professional judgment.”
From my own experience, I witnessed how teachers’ professional judgment was constantly questioned by two groups who deemed themselves as our bosses: students and parents. Due to the alleged “pressure” of the community, some administrators acquiesced and handed their power to families in order to keep the peace as well as have those parents’ generous checks continue being deposited into the District’s bank account. Often, I would hear, “Oh, Mrs. ______ is my friend.” No parents should be a principal’s “friend,” and when a teacher hears that, she should know that if it were a choice between protecting her or the parent, the parent would be assisted.
At one particular school, teachers, who joined the Union, went to Union representatives for assistance, and they were informed that they could not help them, because they feared that the principal would target them, and they were too close to retirement to have their job jeopardized. A common practice, at that particular institution was the following: You are a Union rep. You assisted Ms. Smith with her issues with Principal _________ Now, Principal ________ would start dissecting all of your teaching practices, and rather than having glowing evaluations, you would start receiving “Needs Improvement” in certain categories. Parents would then call the school, and students would start complaining. Mind you, there were absolutely no issues, with the rep’s teaching until he defended Ms. Smith.
Consequently, certified employees found themselves contacting the Arizona Educator Association (AEA) for assistance, and sadly, rather than fighting to assist teachers, employed on that particular campus, they would say, during a 1:1 with teachers, “I need for you to consider leaving this campus, because that principal is vindictive and will destroy you. We have dealt with this person for years, and it’s only getting worse.”
Oftentimes, principals and superintendents make a grave error by thinking that teachers will not eventually rise up and “ice” their oppressors’ career. Some key leaders wrongfully believe that their “community,” will never turn against them.
The worst mistake that school administrators can make is openly supporting students and parents over their staff. It is because of this that teachers unions are rising, and they are becoming a powerful force. Ineffective teachers unions are turning to successful ones for guidance, and because of that collaboration, a significant number of school officials are now finding themselves being forced out of jobs.
Over the past 10 years, there has been a crusade, led by principals and superintendents, to get rid of bad teachers. Due to the rise of teacher unions, there is now a push to remove ineffective principals from schools as well as ensure that superintendents’ contracts are not renewed due to creating a hostile work environment.
Some superintendents are now cleaning their offices out and treating each work day as if it may be their last.
In 2017, teachers unions are crushing dictatorial power, and unless school officials realize this, they will be jobless.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Three years ago, I met a man from Sumter, South Carolina. As he initially struggled in Phoenix, I asked him, “Have you considered returning to South Carolina?” For over 30 minutes, I heard about his hometown’s school system, and he mentioned how he could not subject his daughter to Sumter’s school curriculum. We also discussed how his sisters did not truly place an emphasis on education with their children, and he was unaware of their long-term goals.
After reading “At Duke, I realized how badly many South Carolina schools are failing students like me,” I reflected upon our conversation. Ehime Ohue, a sophomore at Duke University, attended Lake Marion High School (LMHS). LMHS is one of the high schools affiliated with the “Corridor of Shame.” The Corridor of Shame is “a string of rural school districts where students receive inferior educational opportunities.” These districts are located on Interstate 95.
In short, this is an example of 21st century slavery. I cannot help but think of the phrase, from Invisible Man, “Keep th[ose] nigger-boy[s] [and girls] running.” Ms. Ohue discusses how she began noticing the disparities in her education, in kindergarten. Her teacher stated that she “couldn’t do this anymore,” and she resigned. Sumter, SC African American K12 educators were being paid $3,000-12,000 less than their White peers teaching in neighboring districts.
The legacy of Thurgood Marshall. Sigh.
Once enrolled at Lake Marion High School, Ohue noticed her teachers’ lack of training and limited supplies. A math teacher was in the classroom, but he was still “undergoing training.” The school did not have an adequate number of calculators, computers were not being properly serviced, and instructors were quitting. Yet, as Ohue notes, her high school was considered “one of the best in the region.”
During her freshman year at Duke University, the impact of the “Corridor of Shame” slapped Ohue in the face. Ehime developed an inferiority complex, and she could not be an active participant in conversations pertaining to how her Duke lectures were reviewing information that she was taught while in high school.
I am not surprised by Ms. Ohue’s experience. A substantial number of minority students, across the United States, can relate. While teaching in a Phoenix, Arizona high school, that has a large percentage of minority students, I saw many Ehime Ohues. Some of the worst teachers were sent to a particular high school. I was told that if they ended up there, and they were White, it was a form of “punishment,” and once they redeemed themselves, they could apply to be transferred. A former White department chair condemned how our Caucasian colleagues were deliberately “dumbing down” the education for minorities.
In her article, Ms. Ohue states that local businesses have to “give back” to these schools. She is absolutely correct. I would like to know which successful, African American men and women attended schools that comprise the Corridor? How are they attempting to make a difference? Sumter, SC is also home to Morris College, a historically black college (HBCU). How is Morris taking these children under its wings? Have they considered opening a preparatory school on campus?
Mr. Kelvin Lemon, is Lake Marion’s principal. I question what his reaction is to Ms. Ohue’s article, and how he is trying to implement change. Are his African American teachers trying to “make that change,” or are they “Golden Negroes?”
Note: Information pertaining to Lake Marion High School can be found on their website: