Valley View Investigating Teacher Over Her Written Comments On Second-grader’s Worksheet

April 17, 2019

A petition circulating online calls for the Valley View School District to fire a second-grade teacher for writing on her student’s math worksheet that the child’s performance was “absolutely pathetic.” Superintendent Rose Minniti, Ed.D., was made aware of the paper on Tuesday. She said the district met with the teacher, Alyssa Rupp Bohenek, and is investigating the incident. “It’s a personnel issue and the results of that are not going to be dictated by social media,” Minniti said. “It’s going to be dictated by the facts and evidence.” Attempts to reach Bohenek were unsuccessful. The “Petition to fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek from the Valley View school district” was signed 3,775 times by 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. It was also shared multiple times on Facebook. The student’s name is blackened out on the photo of the worksheet and the date of the assignment is not visible. In red writing atop the paper it says “absolutely pathetic he answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.” There 50 subtraction problems on the sheet labeled as a “3 Minute Drill.” The school board and solicitor are aware of the situation but cannot discuss personnel issues. The district “takes any kind of a situation like this very seriously,” said Valley View school board Director Curt Camoni. Bohenek was hired as an elementary school teacher in 2013. She made $50,544 in the 2016-17 school year. “As always with everything, we’re going to try to do what’s best for the students and what we need to do for the employee under investigation,” Minniti said. Contact the writer: kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter.