Bring Stefanie Gumas Burrell Back to Haynes!

Bring Stefanie Gumas Burrell Back to Haynes!

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Jenn Stone, Lisa West, Katie Kane, Kerry Ray started this petition to Jeffrey LaBroad Haynes Elementary School Principal

Hello Haynes Elementary School Families and Educators, past and present!

We are writing to share the disappointing news that a beloved Haynes educator, Stefanie Gumas Burrell, has not been offered a teaching position at Haynes for the 2021-2022 school year. 
 
Despite teaching 9 years at Haynes and tenure within SPS, less experienced non-tenured Haynes educators have been offered positions instead. Stef has been offered a Kindergarten position at Nixon. 
 
We are asking Principal LaBroad to reconsider this decision.
 
As some of you may know, Stefanie took a leave during the 2020-2021 school year due to being pregnant with twins and the Covid pandemic. As the proud mother of three beautiful young children, Stefanie was looking forward to returning to her Haynes family this fall. She was completely shocked when Principal LaBroad delivered the news recently that there was not a teaching position for her at Haynes.
 
While legally, SPS is not bound to offer an educator the same school or grade level teaching position following an approved leave, we are concerned that he has decided to offer positions to non-tenured educators over a tenured and well-respected educator such as Stefanie.  Stefanie is held in high regard by her fellow educators and parents and respected and adored by her students.

Contrary to this instance, just last year, Principal LaBroad welcomed back another fantastic tenured Haynes educator from maternity leave.  In that situation, Principal LaBroad made room for this returning educator by not renewing a non-tenured teacher's contract.  

We understand that Principal LaBroad has the authority to staff Haynes at his discretion, but we find it difficult to believe offering positions to non-tenured, less experienced educators over an educator like Stefanie is in the best interest of Haynes families. We also want to make sure his actions do not negatively influence any future educators taking leave of any kind. 

At the end of the day, we want Haynes Elementary School to be a supportive and positive environment for families, students, educators and administration. We also feel strongly that Haynes should employ the strongest and most qualified educators, regardless of extenuating circumstances.

Please join us in asking Principal LaBroad to reconsider his decision by signing this petition.
 
Jenn Stone, Lisa West, Katie Kane and Kerry Ray

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