By The way, Gina Martinez, mentioned in Candace's email, is no longer the Director of OPI. I met her there, however, before she moved on:
Many months ago I accompanied a discontinued DOE teacher to OPI to discuss her being taken off of the "problem code" list at the DOE.
The interviewer wanted us to check off boxes on a form before talking with her!!! Amazing. We had discussed nothing with her. I asked her why we would check off the boxes saying we had discussed everything with her BEFORE we had done so, and she said, "that's the way we do it here."
I gave her my card, and asked her if we could speak with the Supervisor. She got up and said "wait here".
We did. About 20 minutes.
Suddenly the door to the room swung open, and a woman came running in pointing her pointer finger directly at me, yelling "You know me!!!! You know me!!!!!!"
I looked at her and said that I did not know her.
She said, "I'm on your blog!!!"
I asked her for her name, and she told us, "Gina Martinez."
Then I remembered that indeed, she was on my blog in the sad tale of my friend and former Superintendent Martin Weinstein (former Principal of the UFT Charter School):
The Story of Martin Weinstein: Superintendent Defamed By The NYC DOE Without Just Cause – New Evidence Exonerates Him
I told her that yes, indeed I remembered her name, and she sat down and heard my concerns about the form. Then she asked my teacher what the issue was and immediately removed her from the problem code. We left with a clear record for the teacher.
Gina is no longer at OPI (best of luck in your new job!!):