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Sara Medina, Principal

P.S. 85 Great Expectations

2400 Marion Avenue
Bronx | Fordham | District 10

Grades Pre-K, K-5

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Karen

Horrible I worked when she was the interim principal 2019 and believed then she was horrible
Completely disconnected from the schools community and power tripping to make her job the least work possible
Believe them when they tell you who they are

Molly (fake name for fear of retaliation)

I have to agree. I am a current teacher and she has only gotten worse. She constantly talks like her priority is the kids but then puts all of her efforts into attacking teachers and our union rep – to the point of teachers having to bring law suits against her for retaliation and unfair treatment. Meanwhile students have no consequences for fights, cursing, harming adults and classmates…

Anonymous

I really thought she meant well when she became principal in 2019. Sara Medina likes to control every single staff member to her liking and when things don’t go the way she’s envisioned, she lashes out at you (gives written notices, rates you low on evaluations etc.) She threatens teachers careers through manipulation and intimidation, this is especially not good for new teachers who are not tenured. She offers no clear guidance and/or support to staff members. She also treats the school hallways as a runway, she wears these really tight bright dresses and has her makeup heavily done every single day. Sara Walks up and down to just open classroom doors and complain to teachers in front of the students. She humiliates you constantly during group meetings, one to one meetings and worse of all, BEHIND YOUR BACK. Do not work here.

Kyle (fake)

Undoubtedly one of the worst people I have met. During my short time under her supervision she targeted several teachers, including me. She harasses colleagues by marking effective teachers as ineffective, degrading them in front of students, and displaying classless behavior when she does not “get her way.” She dangles tenure over untenured teacher’s heads, like she wants them to worship her for some unbeknownst reason. She has no problem threatening you, and undermining you in front of others, in front of students, and will talk to other colleagues about you behind your back. So unprofessional. There are no consequences for student behavior, and as a result teachers are left feeling powerless. As a special education teacher, it was horrifying to see how little she knew about students with disabilities, and how she set the same expectations for these students as general education students. Not to mention, she is unfamiliar with the school’s ELA and Math curriculum and constantly contradicts herself when speaking to the curriculum. She only cares about the appearance of things such as how great a bulletin board looks, and how great SHE looks, as opposed to the quality of the child’s education and the progress they are making. It’s a shame that someone like her is able to be in a position of power. She is the type of leader who wants others beneath her to fear her, and not respect her. I can only hope her time as a principal is short lived, and that those still at 85 are able to experience a principal who is caring, respectful, and a community role model to others.

Anonymous

Undoubtedly one of the worst people I have met. During my short time under her supervision she targeted several teachers, including me. She harasses colleagues by marking effective teachers as ineffective, degrading them in front of students, and displaying classless behavior when she does not “get her way.” She dangles tenure over untenured teacher’s heads, like she wants them to worship her for some unbeknownst reason. She has no problem threatening you, and undermining you in front of others, in front of students, and will talk to other colleagues about you behind your back. So unprofessional. There are no consequences for student behavior, and as a result teachers are left feeling powerless. As a special education teacher, it was horrifying to see how little she knew about students with disabilities, and how she set the same expectations for these students as general education students. Not to mention, she is unfamiliar with the school’s ELA and Math curriculum and constantly contradicts herself when speaking to the curriculum. She only cares about the appearance of things such as how great a bulletin board looks, and how great SHE looks, as opposed to the quality of the child’s education and the progress they are making. It’s a shame that someone like her is able to be in a position of power. She is the type of leader who wants others beneath her to fear her, and not respect her. I can only hope her time as a principal is short lived, and that those still at 85 are able to experience a principal who is caring, respectful, and a community role model to others.

Anonymous

This principal is a monster. We are terrified by her as she rules by retaliation. She has ruined the culture of the school. She cares little for the students and only cares about having unbridled power. She has ruined new teachers careers. Most new teachers leave within a year or two. The turnover is large.

Maude (fake)

I am a new teacher and am horrified by the behavior of the principal. She rules by fear, she intimidates everyone. The staff is afraid to speak up about anything. She retaliates with unfair evaluations and letters to file, if you dare speak up to her. The school is out of control with behavioral issues. She does not care about the children. She only cares about appearance. She lies. Stay clear of this school.

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