80 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
13K009 – PS9
Principal Ali has sent emails and verbally shamed teachers in group meetings. For example, she sent out two emails indicating how long each class went on a virtual platform named Freckle. In group meetings, she has said complaints along the lines of: “How can this not be clear to you if students are already coming?” Over the intercom, she once said, “Do not expect to leave this building if you do not have all your students logged into Google Classroom.” For a month since the school year started, Principal Ali would send at least 10 emails nightly. Though these have been reduced considerably in October, I unfortunately am now a target for other reasons.
She has no idea what she is doing as an administrator. She was removed from a school in the Bronx and it sounds like nothing has changed. She would embarrass her staff over the intercom system while the students were present. What a piece of work.
Our school has an adapted Model 2 form that did not get the staff to vote through a SBO process. It involves collapsing cohort C students into cohort A and B to make all in-person teachers besides those in self-contained to be hybrid teachers as they must be responsible for cohort A and B in remote days. Starting on Oct 5, Principal Ali has also split all ICT teacher teams to allow for one teacher to teach the fully remote cohort D students, and the remaining teacher to teach ICT classes alone.
Ms Ali took over struggling schools and has turned them around. She is doing an excellent job.
This principal does not care about her children or her staff. Her presence is unknown at the school and school events. She seems to care more about the dog she carries around the school which is something I never understood. I love animals but when you’re in an environment where children are sensitive to all types of allergies as a leader you should be a little more careful posing around the building with a dog. How is that allowed? In addition to that her leadership is ineffective. She does not discipline the “mean girls staff” at her school and allow these adults to speak to our children in a degrading manner. I’ve had several conversations with parents complaining about the school nurse, lunch staff and substitute teachers. What a drastic change from when D’Avilar was there. This principal needs to go. Her actions clearly show that she’s not there for her children and the staff she met there.
I worked with Ms. Ali for several years and she has always had the students interest as a top priority. In regards to her dog being “carried around” this was a program brought into the school and when requested the dog would visit the classroom to provide emotional support to children. They love dogs. Ms. Ali also is extremely dedicated to her profession and has high expectations for her staff. Most complaints are probably from staff members who are less than sub par. It is unfortunate that a principal as competent as her would be on this list.
She was forced to resign and leave DOE. Not surprised.