Teacher resigns over Facebook
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|Thu, 08-19-2010 - 9:12am|
Teacher resigns over Facebook posting
Called Cohasset residents snobby
Unhappy parents e-mailed the committee, alerting members to the postings by June TalvitieSiple, said Alfred Slanetz, vice chairman of the committee. Talvitie-Siple was asked to resign within 24 hours, and she stepped down Tuesday.
“The unfortunate thing is that it’s a lesson that we try to teach our kids about use of the Internet,’’ Slanetz said yesterday. “It almost doesn’t matter if it’s on the Web or in a newspaper these days. . . . It’s all out there.’’
Talvitie-Siple was the supervisor for engineering, math, science, and technology at Cohasset High School. She had just received a $4,000 raise, boosting her salary to about $92,000, said School Committee member Linda Snowdale.
Talvitie-Siple’s Facebook profile was no longer publicly available yesterday, but the Patriot-Ledger of Quincy reported Wednesday that Talvitie-Siple wrote she was “so not looking forward to another year at Cohasset Schools,’’ calling residents “so arrogant and snobby.’’
In an interview yesterday, Talvitie-Siple said she is worried her actions have ruined her career and said she takes full responsibility.
She said she posted the comments following tension in the school district that she would not detail, other than to say it involved certain groups that were reluctant “to do something different than what they’re doing now.’’ As a result of the tension, she said, she felt she had been personally attacked by parents, School Committee members, and union members.
Talvitie-Siple said she thought her Facebook profile was set to allow only friends she has approved to view her page.
“You would assume if you have to confirm people as a friend, can’t see,’’ she said. “I have a lot of background with technology, and yet I still get caught with my pants down.’’
She wanted to make clear that her students are great and credited Superintendent Denise Walsh’s forward-thinking philosophy with convincing her to take the job a year ago. It was Walsh who asked her to resign, she said, adding that she would have done the same thing if she were in Walsh’s position.
Talvitie-Siple, who teaches biology and chemistry, said she was criticized by community members for teaching only two classes on top of her supervisory duties, which included managing 20 people in two schools and four departments.
“I can guarantee that janitors kicked me out of the school. . . . I rarely went home before 7, 8, or 9 at night,’’ she said. “Do I take that personally? Yeah. I work really hard.’’