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Rebuked Pasco County teacher gets new job, with a warning

Michael Maynard, the Pasco County teacher who was disciplined for inappropriate comments to students at River Ridge High School, has won a new position at Anclote High School.

But he's already been warned to keep his attitude in check, or face losing his spot in the district.

The reminder came after Maynard sent an email to assistant superintendent Kevin Shibley, suggesting his teaching talents could be put to better use elsewhere.

"Please put your prejudice aside and do what is right for the students in Pasco County," Maynard wrote to Shibley.

Shibley responded by telling Maynard to rethink his approach.

"Regardless of the opinion you have of yourself, the vast majority of our high school principals are uninterested in taking on the disruptions that your presence on our campuses has brought to date," Shibley wrote. "This reality is seriously restricting available options as we attempt to find you a placement. Your past behavior has created a situation where there are many victims; you sir, are not among them."

He added that the teacher needs to remember to change his classroom manner.

"If it is truly your desire to continue your career in Pasco, I recommend that you set your ego aside and develop instructional strategies free of conduct that demeans, degrades, or insults students," he wrote. "If you do not believe that you are able to do so, you should immediately begin seeking employment elsewhere."

Unbowed, Maynard answered back. 

"Ego breeds excellence, humility breeds mediocrity," he wrote. "Did you ever wonder why Ayn Rand is still relevant to this day? We have a philosophical difference, but that does not make me a bad person. All I want is to return to the classroom teaching AP and any other courses where I can effectively help my school. You want me to quiet down, then meet me half way. Stop trying to punish me and publicly humiliate me and let me do my job. It will be a win win win (students, district, and me) at least you could say you put your best foot forward."

Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 3:01pm]


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