Principal Heather Jansen
Divisive, dishonest, despicable disgrace of a human being. Destroyed the morale of a supportive, close staff in a matter of weeks with the assistance of a bootlicker AP and a tiny team of moles and rats. Specifically targets veteran staff with BS accusations and allegations, supported only by false statements from the useless AP, her staff “informants” (mostly new hires, all given privileges), or students that have been groomed or coerced. Threw a Zoom tantrum in December, that was shared with the superintendent, where she intimidated staff and lied about statements she made. The superintendent used a FOIA loophole to keep the tape away from UFT.
This is a woman who abuses the staff on a daily basis. She lies, threatens, and humiliates staff just for the fun of it and screams and throws temper tantrums when she doesn’t get her way, even in front of students. She took a once close-knit, hardworking, and loyal school and created an environment of fear, hate, and backstabbing (using students and her minions, as well as an ***-kissing assistant principal who no one trusts because she also lies and will sell people down the river to just to make herself look good). I loved my career, the students, the staff, the building, but Heather Jansen has made it so that the staff fears entering the building. We worry when it is our turn and who will be next to have to endure the wrath of Heather Jansen. She has cultivated an environment where no one will ever be good enough or do anything right, in the eyes of Heather Jansen. There is now zero professional conversation between staff and administration, a complete lack of respect for the staff who goes above and beyond, and absolutely no appreciation for anyone. Instead of supporting the staff, she jumps at any opportunity to find fault and place blame. We are afraid to take risks as educators and her micromanagement of the staff has made everyone afraid to make even the tiniest decision without her approval. Except, it’s impossible to get the opportunity to speak with her because her door is always closed. So we send emails which will often take days to even get a response. Heather Jansen knows nothing about what it means to be a leader. She only knows how to burn a once great building down to the ground!
This is a woman who abuses the staff on a daily basis. She lies, threatens, and humiliates the staff just for the fun of it and screams and throws temper tantrums when she doesn’t get her way. She has created an environment of fear, hate, and backstabbing (using students and her minions, as well as an ***-kissing assistant principal who no one trusts because she will sell anyone down the river just to make herself look good). I loved my career, the students, the staff, the building, but she has made it so that the staff is even afraid to enter the building. We worry about when it will be our turn and who will be next to have to endure the wrath of Heather Jansen. She has cultivated an environment of fear and anxiety, a place where everyone is afraid to take any risk, ask questions, or try new things. There is zero professional conversation between staff and administration, a complete lack of respect for staff, and not an ounce of appreciation for anyone’s hard work and effort. Her micromanagement of every tiny, little detail instills anxiety in everyone. Heather Jansen has made everyone afraid to make even the tiniest decision without her approval. Except, it’s impossible to get the opportunity to speak with her because her door is always closed. So we send emails which will often take days to even get a response. Heather Jansen knows nothing about what it takes to be a leader. She only knows how to burn down a once great building to ashes!
In case anyone was wondering why Mrs. Jansen has made this list, here are just a few of the many, many, many, reasons:
1. Let’s briefly discuss the staff Zoom meeting that started off the downward spiral of P.S. 46’s morale. Mrs. Jansen straight out yelled at staff members, in a public forum, and twisted words around. She accused the staff of “being known as a racist school.” She screamed at staff members and called them vindictive, for simply saying that Mrs. Jansen said the school was racist. She then proceeded to call one staff member vindictive and attacked her character. When the staff member went to respond, she was muted.
2. Mrs. Jansen is a keyboard warrior. She constantly sent nasty emails to staff members and used their words against them at later times. If you said, “I spoke to their mom,” and you sent a message, you were accused of lying because you implied you had a verbal conversation. If a parent was emailed or messaged, you were accused of not trying to build a positive relationship with the parent by giving them a phone call, even if the parent requested and preferred to be messaged. Mrs. Jansen would show and CC other people emails as proof, trying to place blame on others. She even, at times, showed emails from the superintendent for justification of malicious actions that she took.
3. Mrs. Jansen pinpointed staff members against each other. She used paraprofessionals to find out information on teachers. She gave a select few extra privileges and would have them in her office for hours at a time after work discussing other staff members. At times she had them use their phones (despite a “VERY strict cellphone policy”) to take pictures and record others without their knowledge. These recordings were taken out of context and misconstrued to take disciplinary action against the members of our staff that Mrs. Jansen disliked. She would call staff members in and berate them with questions to get others in trouble.
4. She used the students. Mrs. Jansen, while repeatedly criticizing others for their classroom management, lack of communication with families, and inconsistency with student’s behavior plans, would straight out bribe students. Multiple members of our school community were taken up on disciplinary charges based on reports of students. This in other schools may seem like a vigilant principal doing their job to support their students, however Mrs. Jansen would buy toys, pop-its, and McDonald’s for these select few students. It’s very coincidental that all the staff members that she disliked were reported by the same children. The same children who in many cases had BIPs that clearly did not specify being rewarded with toys and pop-its after fist fights, cursing out teachers, and pulling fire alarms. Students would actually tell staff members that they wanted to go in and speak to her because Mrs. Jansen told them they could get their teachers and paras fired if they didn’t like them. She said that she believed that building positive relationships was crucial to behavior improvement, but she also made students believe that their teachers were useless and not good at their jobs. Teachers were no longer respected by the students and feared the repercussions in every action they took to make changes in their classroom. Students wandered the halls, teachers were constantly questioned on their classroom management, and in turn behaviors took a turn for the worse. This wasn’t reflected by data, beaqcuse the concern for improvement on paper was more important to the administration, than actual change. Parents who once had great relationships with their children’s teachers, were miraculously calling 311 and Dr. Wilson, reporting teachers for untrue allegations of mistreatment.
5. “Family first,” was Mrs. Jansen’s classic phrase. Sometimes she may have meant it wholeheartedly. Other times, she used taking days for children’s illness, personal days for family events, and even deaths in the family against you. Mrs. Jansen distributed numerous letters stating totals of days not present in the building (many were incorrect because of the lack of payroll secretary in the building, and a seeming useless remote secretary). She believed that these days out hindered your ability to do your job, caused students to suffer and caused burdens on other staff members. She failed to account for covid, and the vacation days that we were given. She also failed to account for forced quarantines that were in place before the vaccine mandate, and the days taken in order to get the vaccine.
6. Verbal abuse. Mrs. Jansen had no problem talking down and raising her voice with staff members, in front of their students. At times, students would make comments to their teachers, trying to console them after hearing how they were spoken to. Mrs. Jansen would often loose her temper, showed that she was unable to stay calm in high pressure situations, and would be nasty to the members of her staff. She would, “memorialize,” conversations had with staff members in written form and would place these letters in their files or restate conversations in emails to others. She would twist words and restate questions and statements until you were forced to agree. She would corner you and catch you off guard with outlandish comments and sometimes even threats. When staff members would push back, or rebuttal, she became angered and threatening. In one instance, she threatened a staff member and repeatedly questioned others about her, until she was able to use her spies to get just enough information to twist around and make into an investigation. She FIRED that staff member.
7. Help for ineffective teachers. Mrs. Jansen believed almost all of her teachers were ineffective. Based on their observations, which lacked feedback and adequate next steps, everyone in that building was a terrible teacher. She demanded to see a formal lesson plan with every visit (which was more than once a week at times). Lesson plans were expected and asked for, for every activity, including for pre-assessments and culminating assessments. Holiday celebrations were also expected to have a lesson plan. Teachable moments were no longer allowed. If it was observed and not indicated on your plan, you were not planning effectively. If a student called out or acted out, your relationships with students and classroom management were not effective, no matter the grade, class or IEP. If a lesson or activity took a longer than expected, or a reteach was necessary after checks for understanding, it was a poor reflection on your time management and planning, in general.
In summary, Mrs. Jansen seemed to have good intentions in the beginning of the year, however her favoritism amongst staff members, awarding special privileges, turning staff against each other, and creating a toxic and beyond stressful work environment, truly hindered the staff’s abilities to enjoy their jobs. She created a need for paranoia. She verbally, and in the form of emails, reprimanded staff for laughing on preps, talking to co-workers during lunch, and after dismissal in the office. She genuinely created hostility and resentment. She is not respected, but feared. She is most definitely a principal who needs to improve drastically.
Jansen is a special sort of creepy. She seems to have something very wrong with her. She goes after teachers like a predator and recruits students like a gang leader. All while keeping children out of their class for hours at a time. Rewarding students who would collaborate her outrageous accusations. She sends special needs students home and suspends then for their disability sucks as ticks and adhd.
Mrs. Jansen is a toxic human being who created a beyond toxic environment for a staff and building that were once so wonderful. She started from the beginning of the school year and only got worse as the days went on. She verbally abuses, threatens, and harasses almost all staff members, except for the select few who she uses as minions to get information on the rest of the staff. She then takes that information, twists it around, exaggerates it, and uses it to write the staff up, put letters in their files, bring them up on charges, and even fire them. The environment she has created is so toxic, stressful, and hostile that she has made it a horrible and miserable place to work. The staff is afraid to even speak to one another because they don’t know what type of lies it will turn into that will get back to her to be used against them. More than half of the staff members have either cried throughout the school day or left the school building crying because of Mrs. Jansen and her evil ways. She can miraculously quote conversations between staff members that were held in the privacy of classrooms word for word. Teachers who have been teaching for years and have been effective or highly effective are now ineffective teachers because of Mrs. Jansen’s unfair and biased observations. She gives extra special privileges to a male staff member whose Facebook pictures she has commented very inappropriate things, multiple times. A once very close staff that was like a family has now been pushed to their limits. No one should ever have to work under these conditions or be subjected to her torment.
Heather Jansen should not be a principal. She could moonlight as a DJ though. She thought that the teachers and paras were upset when she was appointed so she composed a playlist that she played over the loudspeaker for everyone to hear. She played the songs, Girl on Fire, Hit the Road Jack, Bye Bye Bye, Take a Bow and Sorry Not Sorry, unedited and in entirety. She announced in the office that she wanted to express herself how she wanted. That playlist was probably the only time Heather Jansen ever expressed the truth.
If there was ever a principal who should NOT be in their position it’s Heather Jansen. Her leadership skills and ability to motivate staff are akin to a dumpster fire. Never have I witnessed such a dysfunctional leader who does nothing to inspire her staff. Her behavior towards the staff (calling us racist, berating us and perpetuating a hostile work environment) and with a certain member of the staff is the epitome of inappropriateness. If this school is ever going to succeed it will not be with her at the helm. She is the definition of a toxic hostile workplace.