For the life of me, I cannot bring myself to understand why parents continually take the most precious thing in their lives and pack them off to the government to be “educated.”
Bad spell gets teach busted
Forged jury-duty letter loaded with typos
By YOAV GONEN Education Reporter
Her spelling was so atrocious, it was downright criminal.
A veteran Manhattan educator was busted for allegedly forging a jury-duty letter with so many errors that it raised red flags when she used it to excuse more than a dozen school absences.
Mona Lisa Tello, 60, a bilingual-science teacher at the HS of Graphic Communication Arts in Hell’s Kitchen, was arrested this week on three felony counts of forgery related to her grade-A screw-up.
Tello channeled an errant third-grader rather than a 13-year teaching veteran when she misspelled “trial” as “trail,” “cited” as “sited,” and “manager” as “manger” in a careless note on fake letterhead from Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City.
She also got the easily verifiable address, telephone and fax numbers of the New Jersey court wrong in a letter she submitted to her school payroll secretary in June.
The note oddly claimed that her jury duty consisted of 15 random days stretching from Sept. 16, 2010, through May 31, 2011, rather than for a typically short, consecutive-day term.
“She was taking these days off and telling [school administrators] that this was part of her jury duty for the Superior Court,” said Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon.
“They kept saying, ‘Let us see something from the court.’ I guess it got to the point she was feeling the pressure to produce the letter.”
Tello’s case reached Condon’s investigators after her principal called the court and learned that the real letter to Tello had been a deferral of jury duty until September 2011.
Department of Education officials said Tello agreed to resign irrevocably as of Jan. 15 rather than face a termination hearing.
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No, you really cannot make this stuff up.