We are in a very good school district - the best the county has to offer. I have heard nothing but high praise in every aspect of the school system except for one teacher.
We have a typical Kindergarten program here - - - and your location in the school district pretty much deems whether you will have morning or afternoon class. I live where the busses come for the afternoon. This also means that the one teacher I have hesitations about will in fact, be my dd's first teacher.
Why do I hesitate? Well, my nephew is currently in her class. He is in the free lunch program - which means he eats lunch before class starts. Not long ago, his mom sent him to school with some fresh-baked cookies for him to enjoy after lunch. Well, I guess he forgot to eat them in the cafeteria, and later in the day, the teacher found them in his bag and accused him of stealing them from the lunchroom. She did not call the parents, she harshly accused him, and told him he was not allowed in the lunchroom, in his words, "Ever again." Poor mom did not find out for a few days, her ds was coming home starved. He explained to her what had happened. She, of course was furious. She did contact the school, the teacher apologized, and that was it. I feel, that even if he had stole a cookie, she could have dealt with this in a much better way.
I also met this teacher when my niece was in her class, as I was picking her up every afternoon for scheduling reasons. I did not have a good impression of her. Whenever this particular teacher's name is mentioned around my neighbors who have had children in her class, they react with eye rolling and wishes of *good luck.*
This morning, I am fully prepared to request AM kindergarten just to avoid this teacher, forgo bussing, and provide my own transportation. I feel kinda silly basing this decision on *intuition* and the word of a six year old. Then again, I wonder if I do place her in this class, would I be more in a position to do something about her? She may in fact be an excellent teacher with bad parenting communication skills. Should I even give her a chance? My dd can't wait to get on the school bus with all the other children.
What would you all do?