February 16, 2015
As a former teacher at Crossroads, I had the knowledge of knowing all of the "ins" of the school. The head of school, Gila, made horrendous decisions which the teachers had to follow, and she does not care for children or the best interest of how each of them can thrive. It is a very punitive school, and guidance to the parents was to keep their children at the school for as long as possible without any goal to help them mainstream. The children have many behavioral problems, and her "method" of helping them was punishing, and very, very little positive reinforcement and positive redirection. As an educator, I could not continue watching these children regress, observe the parents so worried, and hear all of the talk between the staff and directors. I am writing this in an effort to advise parents, and educate them, to really ask questions and know exactly what they are doing if they choose to enroll their child. If a "special needs" school is their choice, there are several other schools in Houston for high functioning children, that are very "happy schools" that use positive reinforcement, not punishments, and really working with the children in an individualized way.
- submitted by a teacher