Susan Calfee Elliot/Teacher dismissed...

Susan Calfee Elliot/Teacher dismissed from Bradley County

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Just curious

Harrison, TN

#1 Mar 27, 2013
I saw where her post on this website where taken down after she made comments. Unsure if this was website or lawyer driven. Curious to thoughts on recent news that her dismissal was upheld.

This is from Cleveland Daily Banner.

A Bradley County Board of Education decision to dismiss Hopewell Elementary school teacher Susan Elliott has been upheld.

In a summary of his decision and the hearing that took place in January, impartial hearing officer Dale Conder Jr., an attorney from Jackson, outlined the testimonies that led to his decision.

“Based upon the evidence, I find that the Bradley County Board of Education has met its burden of establishing grounds for dismissing Elliott for unprofessional conduct, incompetence, and neglect of duty,” Conder said in the document.

The “conclusions of law” listed in the document state the witnesses who testified for Elliott did not bring enough evidence to convince Conder to overrule the dismissal.

The document also outlined how Conder came to his final decision.

“Because there is such sharp dispute between the witnesses as to important matters, determinations as to witness credibility are critical to deciding this case,” Conder said

Whether witnesses avoided directly answering a question, how they acted while testifying and whether testimony contradicted other statements made in the hearing were all considered, Conder explained.

The document highlighted selected testimonies that played a part in Conder’s final decision.

"Although it has been unpleasant and difficult for all those involved, I truly believe Mr. Conder made the right decision in affirming Ms. Elliott's dismissal. I simply could not ignore her unprofessional conduct and overall lack of good judgment," Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel said in a statement submitted by Bradley County School Board Attorney Chris McCarty.

Telephone messages and emails left by the Cleveland Daily Banner for Elliott’s attorney, Virgina McCoy, on Thursday and Monday were not returned.

Elliott may appeal the officer’s decision to the Bradley County Board of Education.

The recent dismissal hearing was sought by Elliott after the Bradley County Board of Education voted that if the charges for dismissal submitted by McDaniel were true, then they would be grounds for dismissal.

The hearing took place on Jan. 30-31.

Shelby, NC

#2 May 1, 2013
Susan Elliott

Cleveland, TN

#3 Dec 7, 2013
These awful comments are made by Kristi and Luke Muhonen. I will pray for them that they will stop being so concerned with me and angry. I only think these posts make them look ugly. God will tell the truth in the end, and my question to them is why do you want me to loose my job? I loved my job and made a difference as a teacher. Luke understands that better than anyone. God gave me a gift to work with children. My own and others. You guys took that away from me because you knew that is what I loved and you did this in a political way. That is not Godly and only hurting mine and Luke's children. Again, I am praying for you both. I only wish the best for you both! May God bless you!

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