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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ontario Teacher Needs a Lesson in Professionalism: DiManno

Teacher should consider career change to truck-driver, or something, with apologies to truck-drivers.

Caution: language contains descriptions of vulgar acts, etc.

Jennifer Elizabeth Green-Johnson, who is listed on the Dunnville Secondary School’s website as an English teacher, Grades 10 through 12, allegedly instructed one of her students: “Why don’t you lick me where I fart?”

Dunnville teacher Jennifer Elizabeth Green-Johnson was previously reprimanded for professional misconduct.
Dunnville teacher Jennifer Elizabeth Green-Johnson was previously reprimanded for professional misconduct.  (DREAMSTIME)  

By ROSIE DIMANNO Columnist, Toronto Star

Bite your tongue, ma’am.

Jennifer Elizabeth Green-Johnson, who is listed on the Dunnville Secondary School’s website as an English teacher, Grades 10 through 12, allegedly instructed one of her students: “Why don’t you lick me where I fart?”

That suggestion is included in two sets of charges before the Ontario College of Teachers, with Green-Johnson’s date for hearings to be set next Friday.

Some teachers we remember for the rest of our lives, because they had a profound effect on shaping young minds or instilling a love of learning or helping us navigate the curriculum. I doubt Green-Johnson’s students will ever forget her, if only for the purported yips and confirmed yaps she brought into the classroom.

This is not Green-Johnson’s first disciplinary rodeo.

In January — five years after the Grand Erie District School Board learned of troubling comments and actions involving students — the Ontario College of Teachers found she had committed professional misconduct; received a reprimand, one-month suspension (already served) and directed to complete a course (“at her own expense”) regarding “appropriate boundaries with students and appropriate classroom management.”

Green-Johnson did not contest the accusations outlined in an agreed statement of facts which “would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional’’ and “conduct unbecoming.”

Uncontested facts included:

That same month, Green-Johnson caught two male students play-wrestling outside her classroom. When one student jumped on the other’s back, Green-Johnson said: “So you like it from behind.”

In November 2011, while her students were cracking jokes about the size of a man’s penis as portrayed in a movie the class was watching, Green-Johnson “made a comment to the effect that you could not see the actor’s penis without a microscope.”

The following month, when a student asked the teacher to repeat what she’d said, Green-Johnson told the girl to “sit down or I will bop you in the nose.” To another student, she said words to the effect of “stop bitching and sit down.”

In January, 2011, Green-Johnson told her students that she had been “raped” and therefore did not trust men around her children, an assertion that “made some of her students feel uncomfortable.”

The agreed statement of facts continues: “On more than one occasion, (Green-Johnson) used the words ‘stupid’, ‘idiots’, ‘bitching’ and/or ‘ass’ ” while conducting her class.

In an incident that fall, students jesting about how much it would hurt to get hit in the groin playfully began swinging their binders at each other. In attempting to stop them Green-Johnson “made accidental contact with (one of the student’s) groin, causing him to fall to the ground in tears.”

Grand Erie superintendent Scott Sincerbox confirmed to the Star on Friday that “multiple reports” have been filed about Green-Johnson, resulting in short suspensions both paid and unpaid. Though not speaking specifically about this teacher, Sincerbox explained that the board implements a “progressive disciplinary process up to an including termination” with suspensions reported to the College.

The Star was unable to reach Green-Johnson on Friday. Sincerbox said the teacher is “not working” at this time but hasn’t been fired either.

“It’s pretty unusual for a teacher who has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct to come before us again,” says Gabrielle Barkany, spokesperson for the College. She could recall it happening only twice before.

For Green-Johnson, these are actually “notifications” — summonings to defend herself, that is — Number 3 and 4. Apart from the matter concluded by the board’s disciplinary committee in January, there were allegations heard by the College against her in 2007 but those were not substantiated.

This time ’round, there are two separate sets of allegations, thus two separate cases to be heard.

In one, relating to the 2015-16 academic year, Green-Johnson is alleged to:

Have told a student who brought coffee to class: “Get that f---ing thing out of here.”

Called a student a “bloody pedophile.”

Told a student: “I have never said this to a student before but f--- you.”

Told another: “It sounds like your ass cheeks are too close together,” after the student a made a noise by pressing his lips together.

Told a student who’d offered to buy her muffins in exchange for a passing grade: “You mean a bribe? I’d be able to shit for a week.”

Told a female student she “looked like a frumpy old lady today.”

On the second matter, Green-Johnson is alleged to have “slapped and/or hit” a male student on the head in March, told him to “grow some balls,” called him an “idiot” and discussed personal issues with a student during class even though that individual was not enrolled in the class.

Green-Johnson was suspended for one day without pay in May and six days without pay in February as a result of recent allegations, though it’s not clear specifically which ones.

School boards can fire teachers. The College can revoke their teaching certificate.

Green-Johnson, holy terror, seems not to have learned her lessons at all.

She sounds like a perfect candidate for the Ontario Dep't of Education to put in charge of sex education.