As a teacher of this school, the work environment is extremely hostile. Teachers are bullied and disrespected as professionals, and the workload is overwhelming. Dr. Leal is always on the parent's side (even when the parent is wrong) and never treats teachers with respect. He has threatened teachers with loss of employment if they refuse to listen or make a mistake. There is also favoritism at this school, and he targets specific teachers to bully every year. You get observed several times a week, and he stares at you through the windows! Teachers: Please, please, please do NOT work here!!! The turnover rate is super high with 10 or more teachers leaving every year!
Dr. Leal bullies his teachers and have forced some teachers to resign from their position due to stress or pressure. He abuses his power as a campus leader and does not address bullying at the school. He offers students who bullies rewards, such as playing in the playground or cookies. The bullying training was done only once and was not implemented effectively to demonstrate a huge impact on the students.
No accommodations are made for students with disabilities. Dr. Leal supports the idea of inclusion but does not accept the responsibility that comes with incorporating inclusion. He expects the teachers to do all the work without offering any support or training. He believes that the UDL framework is the best method for teaching, though this framework does not have any research to support its usage for student achievement.
Dr. Leal bullies his teachers and constantly criticizes teachers he does not like. He shows favoritism and plays the "blame game" when things go wrong. He never resolves issues amicably and prefers to just blame teachers for all problems that he encounters. He is very disrespectful and pressures his administrative team to rate the teachers he does not like low.
This school needs to improve in helping kids with special needs. All kinds specialty the small things like: hyper kids or having trouble concentrating. Kids who need one on one attention. Kids that are not diagnosed by a doctor because they don't fall under their category, but still need spine kind of attention. Better opportunities for GT students, for them not to have just the title, but to have some special classes that motivate kids to continue to learn and not to get bored.
This is in my opinion, an outstanding school. I have 5 children currently enrolled. I have had experience with the Gifted and Talented, 'regular ed', and special ed and have not had problems with any of them. The principal is first rate. She truely cares about the students, does everything she can go beyond 'teaching for the test.' She knows an unbelievable number of the parents by name and the teachers follow her lead when it comes to concern for the students. I have had my children in other more 'highly rated schools' and ame much happier with Neff than either of the other two schools my children have attended.