Taconic Hills Teacher Mr. Westendorf

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Concerned

Chatham, NY

#1 Feb 8, 2011
All year long I have heard my child complain about this teacher. I have heard how he gives personal excuses for not doing his job. Everything from he went skiing, his basement flooded, he's going through a lawsuit, he went to see his daughter, ect.....I have a high honor roll student who pulls in nothing less than a 94 average in every other class yet now has an 84 average in his class. Personally I'm glad that my child does so well but it's not the grade that bothers me. What bothers me is the man's attitude toward the students, his incompetence when grading assigned material, and his inability it seems to make sure that his students understand assigned material without complaining that he will not go over it again because they're already behind by X amount of weeks. I must admit that when I see my child study for hours a night trying to figure out what he should have taught in class it frustrates me. My child told me this man was being reviewed because there were so many complaints from students however a day or so later the principal entered the room and announced that these children needed to work harder. It doesn't matter how hard you work if the grades do not get added to the gradebook on multiple occasions as happened to my child. Now I realize that children will be children and they love to complain about teachers. I used to do it too when I was younger however my child is not one to complain. I am just looking for input from other parents of his students as to how they feel about him and if they've heard the same stories? Thanks so much.
Concerned

Chatham, NY

#2 Feb 8, 2011
I don't know why it came up as I am from Toronto but rest assured I am from the Taconic Hills School District. lol

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