I have been blessed with a co-teacher who is also my friend, so we pretty much teach as one person, which makes life so much easier. She speaks Spanish, I don't. We have several parents who don't speak English, so they tend to only talk to her and never, ever talk to me, even if I try to be a part of the conversation. In fact, this one parent, won't even look at me if I am standing there giving my input.
When it came time for our Hispanic Heritage projects, we assigned countries to the students and gave them a week and a half to do the project. This same parent didn't have her child do the project because it wasn't their country. My partner spoke with her and told her he would receive "F"'s as his grade, but still wanted him to do it so he didn't feel left out. He turned it in 3 days late and we accepted it, but gave him the grades that were discussed with the parent.
Well, it turns out that this parent told her groupies that I gave him the F's because I am.... wait for it.... A RACIST!!!!!! She in turn told my partner the same thing, who told me. I got so pissed, yes pissed, that I had to confront her to clear the air.
So I did, with my partner, talk to the mother and inform her that I am no where near a racist and that saying such a thing about me, is unacceptable. I have done nothing but help her child be successful and went on to prove the points, she was not happy with my partner for telling me, but the way I see it, TOO DAMN BAD.
She never apologized, but of course the next day she made it a point to smile at me and I smiled back. So, as far as that, it is over. But my heart still hurts and even writing this hurts. I just wanted to put it out into the blogosphere in hopes that once I hit submit, the pain will be released. It won't, but here's hoping.
Thank you, my faithful friends, for listening.