P.S. 46 Edward C. Blum
Ms. Guzman us been notorious for engaging in illegal actions in regards to sped students. Ex., changing a self contained 12:1:1 class to 12:1 in order to save money on a class para without meeting to change the IEPs of students. Ms. Guzman has been witnessed by students, staff, and parents to yell at teachers in hallways for ripped bulletin board paper or for the way they managed rowdy groups of kids walking through the hallway. Ms. Guzman has verbally threatened me I cal students’ parents for their behavior and has also threatened to send students to security for eating candy as young as four years old. Ms. Guzman is unfit to run a school due to her own misconceptions about student behaviors, especially in the early years. PS 46 Brooklyn should be avoided at all costs especially for parents and teachers who care deeply about young children and those with special needs. The school is in a gentrifying neighborhood or good yet, isn’t sensitive to the needs of all families regardless of social economic and racial background. Ms. Guzman is leaving this year to retire, the school is in disarray and her departure is a blessing for this failing school.
As a pre-K teacher in this school, I have witnessed fire hand how families in the school choose to come to us for pre-k and swiftly pivot as their child ages into kindergarten. As a brand new Pre-k staff member I have secretly advised families in the school to look elsewhere for kindergarten options due to violence and disarray within kindergarten classes and k-5 classes in general. I have specifically heard about violence in both kindergarten ICT and 2nd grade ICT classes, including 2nd grade students who have physically attacked their teachers as well as kindergartners who have been sent to the ER due to dangerous behavior. As a pre-k teacher I am glad I have never encountered this behavior however has secretly advised families to seek alternate elementary school options. This school is a violent and dangerous place for students and teacher alike and Ms. Guzman enjoys sweeping these issues under the rug and pretending that all is well. Do not work here and do not send your child here.
I have been a dual language first grade teacher at ps 46 for multiple years. Over time I have observed that the administration at this school has not values the dual language program and has been willing to allow this program to dwindled down into nothing. This year I have not received math or reading books in Spanish and was given no math resources (online or otherwise) in Spanish. When I inquired how to teach math in Spanish, I was met with crickets, even from our own Spanish speaking principal, Ms. Guzman, who obviously 🙄 not falsely claims to support dual language programs. I have been at this school for years and have watched it’s downfall and specifically the downfall of the dual language program. I recommend looking one of the other notable and well established dual language programs in the district since ps 46 seems to be headed down a dark and dangerous path.