June 21, 2015
I am a parent with a student in this school. The Principal of AITE, Tima Rivera, seems to have two distinct characters. One that she portrays at school meetings Board of Ed meetings and to parents that don't challenge or show concerns about Teachers or any school policy. However, the other side of her character appears when she or anyone under her purview is respectfully challenged. Under the first circumstances she is bubbly and pleasant. Under the latter circumstances, when someone with her position and authority is really called upon to effect change she is sorely lacking in objectivity and open mindedness. Although Stamford Public Schools support Parent/teacher communication in theory, and. Rivera believes in this selectively. Perhaps because the other Stamford Public High Schools are so overcrowded and underperforming Ms. Rivera feels she does not feel she ha to support the lower socio economic Stamford parents based on their limited educational options for their children. Ms. Rivera needs to remember she is not a teacher advocate and teacher rights defender who should be citing Union rhetoric to parents to justify teachers neglect of students educational needs. Parents are students advocates and not out to give a difficult time to her or the teachers. Parents are busy too. If they are coming to the Principal with concerns they are doing so because they know that their child's educational needs are not being addressed. They need to truly be heard, not to be belittled, handled and dismissed. Parents have something to say and their feedback should be valued in practice, not just in theory. So far AITE has shown no care or knowledge about who my child is and how to help my child reach goals, maintain motivation and love of learning and reach full academic and personal potential. This is not possible unless the student is valued and their strengths, as well as their weaknesses?, are recognized and nurtured. All students and parents should be valued at AITE, not just some. I hope this response will reach the hands of seone who can affect positive change at AITE, a Stamford Public School. Thank you, A very concerned AITE parent and Stamford resident.
- submitted by a community member