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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Annie Seifullah, Former Sex Goddess and Principal at Robert Wagner Secondary School of Arts and Technology in Long Island City, Runs Out of Automotive HS When Students Find Out About Her Past

Susan Edelman's story in today's New York Post has a much wider sad tale behind it than the hiding of Annie Schmutz Seifullah at Automotive High School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Sue Edelman's follow up on this story is to be highly praised. Annie evidently had sex with a security guard, an assistant principal, a parent, and a student while he was attending the school.
Annie Schmutz Seifullah

Meanwhile, Annie got rid of any teacher who may have seen her doing anything that could be considered wrong. I met with a paraprofessional who is now penniless. She was discontinued soon after she saw Annie walking arm in arm with a male student very early in the morning. Seifullah had his backpack, and evidently tried to look like a student. Another teacher, Hannah Kim, was given a pre-observation and observation by Seifullah the same day, rated ineffective, and terminated by Arbitrator Stephen O'Beirne, who gave every bit of credibility to Principal Seifullah, even to the extent of dismissing the articles in the Post as possibly untrue:

"In this arbitration, the Department seeks to discharge Respondent, contending she is incompetent and incapable of providing a meaningful learning experience for students in her charge. The Department relies on witness testimony; observation reports; disciplinary letters to file; professional development logs; and other documentary evidence to prove its case.

I found all four (4) Department witnesses to be credible and competent...None of them have any reason to testify falsely against Respondent."

and, in a footnote,

"2 As requested by Respondent, I take arbitral notice of the newspaper articles submitted. But those articles do not establish sexual or professional misconduct, only allegations of same. Even if l go further and accept for the purpose of this decision that the allegations are true, I am not convinced the Principal' s misconduct in any way affected Respondent 's ability to meet with her. There is not one email, memorandum or handwritten note to suggest Respondent tried alternate means to communicate with the Principal after unsuccessfully trying to locate her in the school building over the course of nearly five (5) months. And there is nothing in the record to show Respondent tried to schedule inter-visitations or any other type of professional development, either with the help of other administrators or on her own. Moreover, the Principal was removed from her position during the school year after Respondent received an unsatisfactory annual rating at the school."

Kim's Attorney was NYSUT's Maria Elena Gonzalez Lichten; the DOE was Represented by Attorney Jennifer Hard, who, I've heard, is now in Washington DC training to be an FBI Agent.

I wrote about Seifullah previously, see:
Annie Schmutz Seifullah

Principals and Sex in NYC Public Schools - The DOE Must Fire Anne Seifullah

Principal Anne Seifullah changes her image so that she can keep her job amidst sexting and trysts in the school, Robert Wagner Secondary School of Arts and Technology in Long Island City. Take a look at the new picture published in the POST, the second picture below.

In order to keep to their standards of zero tolerance for this kind of activity, the NYC DOE must fire her. The nexus to her job is that she is a role model for all the people in her building, and she decided to have sexual relations, using her power to "influence" other principals, employees and even a parent to do her whatever.

Here is the article in today's Post:

Ex-principal banned for sex scandal back in the classroom


An ex-principal banned from working with students after her involvement in a sex scandal was nonetheless assigned to teach at one of New York City’s worst schools, The Post found.
Annie Schmutz Seifullah, 36, was teaching English at Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn — a long-struggling school with 98 percent boys — despite a Department of Education probe into accusations of misconduct after her alleged affair with a parent.
 “It’s like sending a cougar into the cub’s den,” a shocked insider said.
After an inquiry by The Post, DOE officials admitted Seifullah was supposed to be “reassigned away from students” — and that her placement in Automotive HS classrooms this fall “was an error.”
Seifullah “ran out of the building” in distress last Monday when students confronted her about her scandalous history and ​​racy photos allegedly found on her DOE computer.
 “They were harassing her because they found out about her,” said ninth-grader Muhammad Choudhary. “They searched her up, found her on the Internet and told everybody else.”
The DOE said it is now seeking to fire Seifullah, a year after her ouster as principal from Robert Wagner Secondary School of Arts and Technology in Long Island City, Queens.
While Seifullah helmed the school, her ex-lover, the father of a student, accused the married mom of cheating on him with a school security guard and an assistant principal. The dad turned over DOE computers with photos of Seifullah posing in black lingerie and engaged in sex acts and sexually explicit texts on her DOE cellphone.
“Her behavior was unacceptable and inappropriate as an employee of the DOE,” said spokeswoman Devora Kaye. A DOE probe found she misused DOE “technology” and “committed theft of service.”
On May 1, Seifullah was demoted from principal to teacher, and her salary slashed from $142,890 to $66,326. She has tenure as a teacher but not as a principal.
Kaye did not explain how Seifullah wound up teaching at Automotive HS, which is under the gun to improve this year or face a state takeover. A special hiring committee led by Principal Caterina
Lafergola had to review and approve all teachers brought into the school this year.
Mayor de Blasio held a press conference at Automotive to tout his “Renewal program” to pour hundreds of millions into 94 failing schools.
Renewal executive superintendent Aimee Horowitz had to know about the hiring of Seifullah, an insider charged.
“Principal Lafergola would not go to the bathroom without checking with Aimee Horowitz,” the source said. “This was not an error. This was cronyism pure and simple — at the highest level.”
Students said Seifullah came to Automotive to replace a substitute for a teacher who had moved. It didn’t take long for kids to Google their instructor and discover a Post article and photos published after her ouster.
Seifullah has claimed the accusing dad threatened her after she broke up with him and stopped paying his child-support bills. She referred a reporter to her lawyer, Pete Gleason, who declined to comment.

 And then on Google+ we see that Annie has in her circles a man named Justin Stark, the new "ATR Supervisor" from Hell:

Justin Stark
Justin Stark
Phone
(718)935-2000
Anonymous said…I wasn’t emailed anything and I am an atr. But the disgusting and gross and incompetent field supervisor Justin Stark delivered my first u rating ever to me in person. I have been teaching twice as long as him and he gave mea a u. He has made this year so miserable for me – I can’t wait to leave – I am a good teacher and a good person and I will be leaving sooner rather than later because I can’t work for an organization that treats good people so badly and lets scum like Stark rule the world. Where is my email?
Anonymous said…
perfect blog! right on – we must get rid of this travesty – the ATR field supervisors are beyond horrendous and terrible – they are terrible people who do terrible things to good people and they should all be put in a padded room to rate each other. the union needs to do something fast – Stark is ruining people’s lives.
Anonymous said…
Justin Stark is a the terrible field supervisor that is making people miserable and jeopardizing our careers and our health from the stress that he is causing us.
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Just askin': is Mr. Stark the reason, or a player in this production, where Annie Schmultz Seifullah got a job at Automotive High School without the NYC Department of Education knowing?
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I also spoke with the dad who had an affair with Annie, and he told me that Peter Gleason told him that Annie will be coming to his custody trial to testify against him.
Of course she is.
On May 8, 2015 I filed a Freedom of Information request for the OSI report on Ms. Seifullah, and have never received any response from the NYC DOE FOIL Director, Joe Baranello:
Betsy Combier, Editor / Reporter 
NYC RUBBER ROOM REPORTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
May 8, 2015

Mr. Joseph A. Baranello
Central Records Access Officer
Office of the General Counsel
New York City Department of Education
52 Chambers Street
New YorkNY 10007
 
JBaranello3@schools.nyc.gov
FOIL@schools.nyc.gov

Dear Mr. Baranello:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request to receive E-mail copies of:

1) any and all documents, letters, emails, videos, tapes, or pictures relating to the investigation of Principal Annie Schmutz Seifullah of Robert Wagner Secondary School of Arts and Technology in Long Island City.

2) The complete investigation with all notes and recommendations  that relate to OSI case #14-03690X.

3)  Any and all disciplinary decisions, comments or other documents with the name "Annie Seifullah" mentioned in any way.

If the records have been removed from their original locations, please cause a diligent search to be conducted of all appropriate file rooms and storage facilities.

If any record has been redacted, please identify which categories of information have been redacted, and cite the relevant statutory exemption(s).

If you have any questions relating to the specific record(s) or portion(s) being sought, please phone so that we may discuss them.


RELEVANT ADVISORY OPINIONSwww.dos.state.ny.us/coog/ftext/f13952.htm 

www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/ftext/f14287.htm 

RELEVANT LOCAL LAW

As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request.  Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible and look forward to hearing from you shortly.  If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.

                                                                   Sincerely,


                                                                   Betsy Combier

Are you hiding something from the public, again, Joe?

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