According to Fox29 Philly, a teacher at East Side Charter School in Wilmington was fired on Tuesday after alleged physical abuse against a 10 year old female student.
Without a note, she says her teacher refused to let her in class. When she tried to walk through the classroom door a few minutes later, she said the 27-year-old male teacher picked her up and slammed her against a bulletin board.
The girl told her mother when she got home, according to the article. She was taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital and was diagnosed with a bruised elbow. Her arm is in a sling according to the picture in the article. Charges are expected against the unnamed teacher today. He began his tenure at Eastside this January.
Teachers hate reading this kind of stuff. They know people will start saying this happens all the time and teachers get scrutinized over it. To be clear, this does not happen all the time. When it does happen though, I feel it is worth writing about. When I see 27-year-old teacher who just started in January, I have to wonder where the teacher came from. I know Eastside utilizes Teach for America and Relay Graduate School, which I find to be ineffective fast-prep teacher programs.
I do want to salute Eastside for taking quick and decisive action with this case. It looks like there was surveillance video which is now in the hands of the Wilmington Police.
Delaware has over 13,000 teachers. A few bad apples should not upset the whole cart. I just hope the student in this case is okay and is able to return to an education setting without fear of punishment after getting to school a few minutes late.
Fake Credentials. It’s a stupid thing to do in this day and age. And you will get caught. Putting a fake college name on your resume or LinkedIn is just asking for trouble. For one special education advocate, this is exactly what happened. But this isn’t just any special education advocate, this one the CEO of a major advocacy company called National Special Education Advocacy Institute. I just wrote about this company a month ago when I received notice they were having certified special education advocacy courses in Wilmington at $195 a class. Someone tipped off Fox29 in Philadelphia because they did a huge investigation into Marie Lewis, the CEO of this company. The video and article make it crystal clear why I can not and will not endorse this company. Fraud is fraud and it absolutely disgusts me someone with fake credentials would try to profit off students with disabilities and parents trying to help.
Where she’d go to school? It just says “R.U.”
“Where’s your Ph.D. from?” Cole asked.
“From Rockville University,” Lewis said.
“Where’s that, ma’am?” Cole followed-up.
“And so, why are you asking that question?” Lewis asked.
We wanted to know where it is.
“Well, Rockville used to be in Maryland, and they moved, and they actually were absorbed by another school,” Lewis told us.
We checked with Maryland’s Higher Education Commission. No college or university may operate in the state without commission approval, and it has no record of a “Rockville University” when Lewis claims she got her Ph.D. in 2008.
There are also huge issues with their IRS certification as well with questions if they are a for profit or non-profit business. In the title to this I mentioned another Lewis with fake credentials. This distinction belongs to Ann Lewis, the former Head of School of the now closed Pencader Business School in New Castle, DE.