Meet 44-year-old Ann Legra, a New York City first-grade teacher at PS 173 who pulls in a whopping $84,500 per year, though she royally sucks at her job. So much so that she has been rated “unsatisfactory” for six consecutive years:
In one example of her poor management, PS 173 Assistant Principal Kevin Goodman found Legra’s classroom in “chaos.”
“Students up out of their seats, at least one was running, another was demonstrating karate moves on the closet door and the majority of the students were not involved in anything instructional — an issue that has repeatedly plagued your tenure as a classroom teacher,” he wrote at the time.
Three of her 6-year-olds were injured in a classroom melee that day, he added.
Amid the “mayhem,” Goodman wrote, Legra was “buried in a corner at a computer table” where she could not monitor all the kids.
Furthermore, according to the New York Post, “over the school year, Legra was absent 27 times and late 37 times.” She’s a real winner, ain’t she? She’s been with the school district for 23 years, though she did not transition from aide to teacher until 2001. Unfortunately, getting rid of her has not been as easy as it should be.
The NYC Department of Education tried to fire her, but hearing officer Eugene Ginsberg “dismissed evidence that Legra was a lousy instructor.” Instead he imposed a meager 45-day suspension and assigned her to a substitute teacher pool. FYI, her absurd $84,500 per year salary remains intact.
It is not all that surprising, given that hearing officers are “picked jointly by the DOE and the teachers union,” both of whom love to give lousy teachers 1,001 chances.
And thus the students at PS 173 must contend with a piece-of-crap teacher, all because some adults refuse to take responsibility and do the right thing!