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Does anyone know Kozan Halstead - Kindergatern Teacher at Brookview?

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Sumerco, WV

#1 Jan 23, 2012
Does anyone know Kozan Halstead, the kindergarten teacher at Brookview? I have heard some things about the way she is/has treated children in her class and was wondering if it were true.
Info

Dunbar, WV

#2 Jan 23, 2012
I've heard plenty about her and not coincidentally, the parents who hate her are the ones who have a whiny, non respectful child! When my child first started school, I was terrified of the teacher we were going to get but I have since learned (because by now, we've had hard core/no nonsense teachers and we've had the ones who baby them) My child learns 50% more from the harder teachers. Now days, a parent goes down to that school jumping on a teacher for every little thing. They teach their child "if you dont want to do it baby, then you don't have too". She has stayed the way she is because she obviously cares and will not be intimidated by parents who still want to coddle and hover their kids.
With all that being said, could I ever be friends with the women? Noway! Lol But I have to remind myself that children don't need their parents or teachers to be their friends, they need them to guide them into a healthy adulthood. They're in kindergarden to learn what mommy and daddy won't teach them at home, respect, independence, and manners.
sonottrue

Horsham, PA

#3 Jan 23, 2012
Kozan is way too harsh on "some" kids. She screams and yells and really needs to be evaluated by the board! Her "methods" of teaching are questionable to say the least and I think she takes her personal life out on some of the kids! It's not always the case that a child has parents that don't teach them manners or respect!
smurfette

United States

#4 Jan 23, 2012
Info wrote:
I've heard plenty about her and not coincidentally, the parents who hate her are the ones who have a whiny, non respectful child! When my child first started school, I was terrified of the teacher we were going to get but I have since learned (because by now, we've had hard core/no nonsense teachers and we've had the ones who baby them) My child learns 50% more from the harder teachers. Now days, a parent goes down to that school jumping on a teacher for every little thing. They teach their child "if you dont want to do it baby, then you don't have too". She has stayed the way she is because she obviously cares and will not be intimidated by parents who still want to coddle and hover their kids.
With all that being said, could I ever be friends with the women? Noway! Lol But I have to remind myself that children don't need their parents or teachers to be their friends, they need them to guide them into a healthy adulthood. They're in kindergarden to learn what mommy and daddy won't teach them at home, respect, independence, and manners.
T They. Are in kindergarten because that's when a child starts school, not because "mommy and daddy don't teach them anything. Last time I checked a teacher is someone paid to TEACH children. maybe you need to check your info. Parents hate her because she is disrespectful to their children! "Whiny" children as you lable them deserve the same respect as other children. She does what she wants and says what she wants because she is worthless and ignorant! There is no reason to talk down to a child, or treat them the way she does. Like right before christmas when she made the children take off their shirts in front of one another just so she could "put a christmas shirt on and take a pic". Sorry but my granddaughter has no business seeing a little boy with his shirt off and vis versa! Instead of worrying about making arts and crafts she needs to teach them. Who knows, maybe she treats the little children the way she does because she has a mental problem or is on drugs like most of the teachers in Boone County Schools are. Either way there is no excuse for belittleing a child or just being down right mean to them. As for your statement about how your child learns 50% more with "no nonsense teaching" I'm not sure how when all they do is crafts in her room. I should know considering my granddaughter is her student and wew receive the shedule for the week with 90% crafts and 10% education. Its no wonder Brookview students failed their westest 3 yrs in a row.
There is nothing wrong with showing your child affection.
not the case

Charleston, WV

#5 Jan 23, 2012
Info wrote:
I've heard plenty about her and not coincidentally, the parents who hate her are the ones who have a whiny, non respectful child! When my child first started school, I was terrified of the teacher we were going to get but I have since learned (because by now, we've had hard core/no nonsense teachers and we've had the ones who baby them) My child learns 50% more from the harder teachers. Now days, a parent goes down to that school jumping on a teacher for every little thing. They teach their child "if you dont want to do it baby, then you don't have too". She has stayed the way she is because she obviously cares and will not be intimidated by parents who still want to coddle and hover their kids.
With all that being said, could I ever be friends with the women? Noway! Lol But I have to remind myself that children don't need their parents or teachers to be their friends, they need them to guide them into a healthy adulthood. They're in kindergarden to learn what mommy and daddy won't teach them at home, respect, independence, and manners.
She has major issues! Just because a child is "whiny" doesnt give her the right to yell at them. You seriously need help if you think that's how you should treat a child. She is paid to TEACH children! In case you forgot what it meant to be a teacher. She is on a power trip and those poor children are the ones who have to suffer with her bullcrap. She doesn't care about the kids she teaches! The only thing she cares about is sucking as much money from their parents as she can. One of my kids had her for about 4 weeks and after walking in on her in the middle of one of her rants, I took my child out and put her in a different school. There is no excuse to call of child ANY name and for her to do so just shows what type of person she is. A horrible monster! I feel sorry for her children! I couldn't imagine what they must have went through with her being their mother. She needs to be fired! I'm sure if someone from the state would walk in in the middle of her screaming at those kids she would be fired!
former student

United States

#6 Jan 23, 2012
I went to brookeview and everyone hated her. She's a b****
sonottrue

Horsham, PA

#7 Jan 23, 2012
She told my daughter for the majority of her kindergarten year that she wouldn't make it through 1st grade...it was almost daily and she admitted saying this to me. If you tell someone something long enough, eventually they start ot believe it! Guess what...she's made honor roll every year since and is now in 5th grade.
ridiculous

United States

#8 Jan 23, 2012
She is my childs teacher now and from what I've seen myself (while attending a holiday party) is just like some of you are mentioning. The way she talks to and treats her students is very questionable. I've ask my child if she acts like this toward (my child) and (my child) said sometimes she yells at (my child) but not like she does some of the other students. I personally saw/heard her speaking very rudely towards a little boy and when I mentuoned to her that I thought what she had said!done was inapropriate she told me to mind my buisness. I spoke with someone from the boards office and they said they would look into it and call me back but didn't so I told his mother. Mrs. Halstead is not kindergarten teacher material. There are positive ways to reinforce positive behavior.
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Info

Dunbar, WV

#10 Jan 23, 2012
K teacher, I would not invite any of these anonymous people into my classroom full of innocent children. I know what you were trying to get at but please, we have no idea who any of there people are.
To be a kindergarten teacher, you have to have loads of patience and understanding so if you (not you specifically) then don't go into that classroom at all!
I also want to apologize for my comment earlier as it came across as I was taking up for this particular teacher when I really just went off on all the things that irritate me, which are mainly the things you (k teacher) just pointed out. I see on my social networking accounts everyday how parents are always mad at this or that when the problem usually doesn't lie within the teachers time, but their own. They're molding children into being ungrateful, undisciplined, self serving brats and take it how you want to, your child will not grow up to be a happy adult! I am all for love, affection, reassurance, and installing values and confidence in my daughter but I will not turn her into an adult who cannot take care of herself or leaves every career she has because she always feels something wasn't "fair".
Now, with all that being said, I am apologizing because my daughter does not go to that school and I have since found out who the original question is about and, as I'm sure you've figured out by now, my interests do not lie with "just parents" or "just teachers", it is with the kids and yes, there can be a bad teacher or one who parents aren't exaggerating about. I have been there and I did see something that was not just "yelling", it was demeaning and plain old belittling!
An Observer Too

Culloden, WV

#11 Jan 23, 2012
Info wrote:
K teacher, I would not invite any of these anonymous people into my classroom full of innocent children. I know what you were trying to get at but please, we have no idea who any of there people are.
To be a kindergarten teacher, you have to have loads of patience and understanding so if you (not you specifically) then don't go into that classroom at all!
I also want to apologize for my comment earlier as it came across as I was taking up for this particular teacher when I really just went off on all the things that irritate me, which are mainly the things you (k teacher) just pointed out. I see on my social networking accounts everyday how parents are always mad at this or that when the problem usually doesn't lie within the teachers time, but their own. They're molding children into being ungrateful, undisciplined, self serving brats and take it how you want to, your child will not grow up to be a happy adult! I am all for love, affection, reassurance, and installing values and confidence in my daughter but I will not turn her into an adult who cannot take care of herself or leaves every career she has because she always feels something wasn't "fair".
Now, with all that being said, I am apologizing because my daughter does not go to that school and I have since found out who the original question is about and, as I'm sure you've figured out by now, my interests do not lie with "just parents" or "just teachers", it is with the kids and yes, there can be a bad teacher or one who parents aren't exaggerating about. I have been there and I did see something that was not just "yelling", it was demeaning and plain old belittling!
She is demeaning and belitling of these tender children. Now if you were a parent of influence, she would not be. She is a hard and angry person, who thinks she is the best teacher in the world.
A few years ago, when the lady (who owns the GrapeVine Store) granddaughter was in kindergarten, it was all about that child. She even pressured parents to get a certain child removed from the room by starting a petition. I would not sign it and my child fell out of favor.
Mama Bear

Charleston, WV

#12 Jan 23, 2012
I remember when my child went to Brookview, I could hear her yelling at kids before you get to her classroom! This is not the first teacher your children should have, she has anger issues. She's nothing but an adult bully!
big difference

Charleston, WV

#13 Jan 23, 2012
@ k-teacher

It seems to me that you and her both need to find different jobs. If you can not treat a child with respect then you shouldnt be allowed around them.

What Mrs.Halstead does to those children is down right disturbing! If an adult like herself has to bully 5 and 6 year olds just to make herself feel important then she need to seek some kind of mental help.

Children make mistakes. Im 43 and i still make mistakes. But the problem with this teacher is she thinks she has the right to embarrass and humiliate her students. She made my child stand up in front of her class, last year because when halstead asked what a word was and she got it wrong, and then Mrs. halstead stood there telling my child what being a failure meant and told her thats what she was. She also had the class to call my child that horrible name for the remainder of that day. There was also a couple of kids who had speech problems and she would mock them and then have the class to do it to. When a little boys dad died and he came back to school 2 weeks later and broke down crying because he missed his dad she had the nerve to tell him to get over it and that everyones dad dies sooner or later. Mrs.Halstead is nothing but an adult bully. As long as she is friends with a childs parent,that child can do whatever it chooses to. From what i understand from my daughter she has made comments this year about a little boy with ADD, about how thats not what is wrong with him and that his problem is his mother was a junkie and she knows that he has a touch of mental retardation from it. What teacher do you know who acts like this? This has been going on for years with this woman. Sooner or later someone will beleive a parent and investigate her and find out every cruel thing she has done to those poor children. She needs to be fired!
wtf

United States

#14 Jan 23, 2012
What she does to these children is psychological abuse. This is just downright outrageous that this has been going on for so long. The board of education needs a total revamp or well have an even worse generation of degenerates than we have now.
Inka

Dunbar, WV

#15 Jan 24, 2012
big difference wrote:
@ k-teacher
It seems to me that you and her both need to find different jobs. If you can not treat a child with respect then you shouldnt be allowed around them.
What Mrs.Halstead does to those children is down right disturbing! If an adult like herself has to bully 5 and 6 year olds just to make herself feel important then she need to seek some kind of mental help.
Children make mistakes. Im 43 and i still make mistakes. But the problem with this teacher is she thinks she has the right to embarrass and humiliate her students. She made my child stand up in front of her class, last year because when halstead asked what a word was and she got it wrong, and then Mrs. halstead stood there telling my child what being a failure meant and told her thats what she was. She also had the class to call my child that horrible name for the remainder of that day. There was also a couple of kids who had speech problems and she would mock them and then have the class to do it to. When a little boys dad died and he came back to school 2 weeks later and broke down crying because he missed his dad she had the nerve to tell him to get over it and that everyones dad dies sooner or later. Mrs.Halstead is nothing but an adult bully. As long as she is friends with a childs parent,that child can do whatever it chooses to. From what i understand from my daughter she has made comments this year about a little boy with ADD, about how thats not what is wrong with him and that his problem is his mother was a junkie and she knows that he has a touch of mental retardation from it. What teacher do you know who acts like this? This has been going on for years with this woman. Sooner or later someone will beleive a parent and investigate her and find out every cruel thing she has done to those poor children. She needs to be fired!
I know of a child who cried everyday until the end of the year. The parents said when he would get home each day he wouldn't be their normal child or even relieved because he was now home, he would sit and worry himself sick about going back the next day. That is not normal and I am confused as to if this k teacher knows her personally or is just taking up for all k teachers.
I think that's become a problem also. Teachers and parents are now at war as to which one is the bad guy when in fact every teacher, parent, and child is different.
Who doesn't have a cell phone now days? It wouldn't be hard to switch on the video camera on it and record because from all these complaints, I don't think this one falls on all the parents whose child has ever had her!
Andi

Dunbar, WV

#16 Jan 24, 2012
K Teacher, are you really defending this women? You think that there is Noway a teacher can be in the wrong? This women has no business being around five year old kids and if you think she does, then you also need to go a few grades up. I am not denying that it is a stressful job, I know this for a fact, but it's one that is also rewarding! It is all worth it just to see one little kid finally 'get it', and it's an amazing feeling at the end of the year to see how they've grown. Kind of like parenting, it is so hard but you look for the little moments that makes it all worth while.
I know of a few teachers who all they do now is "whine". Whine about the kids, their parents, their pay, and many other things. Lots of people have stressful jobs but they go home and vent to their spouse, not parents! I have no problem with hard teachers, I do, however, have a problem with a teacher who demeans, belittles, and humiliates a child in the name of teaching!
And for the record, everybody who comes on topix is embarrassed that theyre on here reading so your reason of looking for funeral arrangements was just hilarious. Why wouldn't the friend who told you that info was on here just go ahead and tell you what the arrangements are? Or just ask on Facebook? Or read it in the paper? Or call the family or funeral home itself? Now you're going to have to go back and ask your "friend" why they lied to you about it because I see no threads about any arrangements. Lol
There you are

United States

#17 Jan 24, 2012
Kozan is a B**ch! My child had her, but not for long! She always put my child down and other children also. She claimed my child had a "learning disability, which she didn't other than her teacher at the time. I agree that teachers should be stern on our children and TEACH them not yell and put the kids down. The BOE has been called bout her several times and the bit** still has a job...hmm who is she giving it to Jon Hudson? I agree her class is more arts than anything and she moneys you to death! Funny how after I got my child out of Kozan's class and Brookview all together, her grades are all A's and she loves going to school!!! Kozan needs dropped like a bad habit, if you are not a parent helper and always at the school with her then your child means nothing to her!!!
sonottrue

Horsham, PA

#18 Jan 24, 2012
It's like honor among thieves with some teachers...they will back each other even if they see other teachers behaving badly! Kozan is too harsh, demeaning to "some" children as well as their parents. I have never thought teaching would be easy & I have respect for those that are qualified to teach...she simply isn't one of them! She is loud and rude! She tried and tried to tell me that my child had ADHD and needed to be medicated. She was seen by 3 different doctors and all said there is no way she needed to be medicated and agreed that more and more teachers push the idea. I NEVER use the word "hate" and don't allow my children to use it, but I detest her more than any other person I have ever encountered in all my 44 years.
parent

Charleston, WV

#19 Jan 24, 2012
Inka wrote:
<quoted text> I know of a child who cried everyday until the end of the year. The parents said when he would get home each day he wouldn't be their normal child or even relieved because he was now home, he would sit and worry himself sick about going back the next day. That is not normal and I am confused as to if this k teacher knows her personally or is just taking up for all k teachers.
I think that's become a problem also. Teachers and parents are now at war as to which one is the bad guy when in fact every teacher, parent, and child is different.
Who doesn't have a cell phone now days? It wouldn't be hard to switch on the video camera on it and record because from all these complaints, I don't think this one falls on all the parents whose child has ever had her!
Trust me, recording what she says and does to those kids does not help. I done that last year and played the recording to the super. All that was said about it was that what I done was illegal and how they could press charges against me. They didn't even care that they heard her screaming and yelling or making pissy comments to a few students who had asked for help. They didn't care then and they never will.
If the rumor is correct there is a parent,who is trying to get something done about Mrs. Halstead being mean and disrespectful to her child and something about Mrs. Halstead was allowing another student to bully this womans child. We were told that Mrs. Halstead went as far as having her arrested for for battary, even though apparently the woman didnt do anything. I'm guessing Mrs.Halstead wants to keep all of her dirty little secretes a secrete. I feel sorry for this parent because i dont think she she knows how hard its going to be to go up against a teacher especially one from the crookedest counties in the state. But just like this parent, I would go to the end of the earth to protect my child.
WOW

Bluefield, WV

#20 Jan 24, 2012
I am SO disturbed by what I have read here. ESPECIALLY from the "kindergarten teacher". SHAME on YOU! You make me sick and I would LOVE to know who you are to report you. My mother in law is a teacher and I am finishing my BA degree to go into teaching as well. I have a great many WONDERFUL teachers in my life as well as a couple worthless one. I agree that no nonsense teachers seem to make kids learn more. I was deathly afraid of the two very teachers that made me love teaching all the way through middle school.( I attended a 7-12 school. Jr. high/high I had the same teachers.) HOWEVER THESE HARD DO YOUR HOMEWORE ON TIME TEACHERS WERE CARING WARM LOVELY INDIVIDUALS WHO REALLY CARED ABOUT STUDENTS AND DIDN'T EVER... I REPEAT EVER BELITTLE ME OR ANYONE ELSE.
PARENTS - This maltreatment of kindergartners can do serious harm especially at this age. I know because I was a victim of this kind of abuse as a first grader. I cried every morning. I even had panic attacks before "dictation" every Wednesday. It finally stopped when the harassing "teacher" belittled me at function in which she was brass enough to do in front of not only my parents but the ENTIRE school of students and faculty. PLEASE DON'T LET YOUR BABIES SUFFER. It can lead to lifelong self-esteem problems. I just happened to be reading this and don't personally know this woman but this sounds very serious. Parents should pull their children out to send the board a VERY CLEAR message.
Say What

Culloden, WV

#21 Jan 24, 2012
Andi wrote:
K Teacher, are you really defending this women? You think that there is Noway a teacher can be in the wrong? This women has no business being around five year old kids and if you think she does, then you also need to go a few grades up. I am not denying that it is a stressful job, I know this for a fact, but it's one that is also rewarding! It is all worth it just to see one little kid finally 'get it', and it's an amazing feeling at the end of the year to see how they've grown. Kind of like parenting, it is so hard but you look for the little moments that makes it all worth while.
I know of a few teachers who all they do now is "whine". Whine about the kids, their parents, their pay, and many other things. Lots of people have stressful jobs but they go home and vent to their spouse, not parents! I have no problem with hard teachers, I do, however, have a problem with a teacher who demeans, belittles, and humiliates a child in the name of teaching!
And for the record, everybody who comes on topix is embarrassed that theyre on here reading so your reason of looking for funeral arrangements was just hilarious. Why wouldn't the friend who told you that info was on here just go ahead and tell you what the arrangements are? Or just ask on Facebook? Or read it in the paper? Or call the family or funeral home itself? Now you're going to have to go back and ask your "friend" why they lied to you about it because I see no threads about any arrangements. Lol
You should check out Susan Brown Cook Hottle, her BFF at Brookview..Bob Brown's daughter. That was probably the teacher that supported her

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