Mandy - posted on 01/27/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )
This is my daughters first year of school. We lived in this small town for about ten years now, but we know very few people. We missed preschool registration but she did go to summer school last summer to get her ready for Kindergarten. Her teacher was having a high risk pregnancy so the first half of the year was taught by a really sweet retired teacher that came back to sub for the regular teacher.
Everything was going great, Sami loved school was excited about going. Would get upset if she was too sick and needed to stay home. Now that the regular teacher is back, she's done a complete change. She has a stomach ache every morning, latches on to me begging not to go or begging me to go with her. She has trouble going to sleep, she always starts talking about how much she misses me when she's at school because her teacher is mean and yells. The complete opposite of how she was for summer school and the first half of this school year.
I walked her to class last Tuesday to help her get her snacks to class and I wanted to meet this teacher. I could see the difference immediately, as soon as we walked in the classroom. It is a whole different atmosphere then what it was. Sami wasn't even acknowledged when she walked in. She's a drop off so she usually gets there earlier than the bus kids. This teacher was looking at her cell phone and didn't even see me at first. Then she just continued to sit behind her desk texting instead of getting up to meet me for the first time. She is obviously very cold in personality. I did not get a real warm fuzzy feeling from her. Anyway, I set up a meeting for my husband and I to meet her and discuss some concerns we have about Sami for this Wednesday. I'm not sure how to even handle the situation, I don't think our little meeting is going to have any effect.
Sami says one or two kids will act out and Mrs. Leigh Ann will start yelling at the whole class. That makes her feel like crying because she don't like it when people yell. Is it customary for Kindergarten teachers to yell and scare the well behaved kids to death these days? Because that's not the way things worked when I was in school. Granted a lot can change in 30 years, but yelling and talking mean to five year olds just seems harsh to me. How should we handle this?