Ann Arbor Learning Community teacher returns to classroom
A primary teacher at Ann Arbor Learning Community was cleared to rejoin her pupils after being placed on a leave of absence for allegedly dropping a book on a child’s head.
Jones resigned during the school’s holiday break for personal reasons and an interim dean, Bill Morgan, took over Jan. 11.
“We take each issue very seriously and do an investigation into each issue that comes up,” said Carlie Lockwood, vice president of human resources for Michigan Educational Personnel (MEP) Services. “It was determined this particular teacher was able to return to her responsibilities in the classroom.”
Lockwood said details of personnel investigations are confidential.
AALC is a self-managed charter school but contracts with MEP out of Brighton for its teachers and staff. MEP does the hiring and firing with the help of the school’s dean, who also is an MEP employee, Lockwood said.
About 35 parents attended the January Board of Directors meeting to protest Nagle’s departure and the school’s handling of it.
Parents said Nagle’s forced absence was the third instance of this nature that the school has experienced in less than a year under Jones’ leadership. The previous two instances resulted in favorite teachers being permanently removed from their classrooms.
Nagle has been with AALC for 11 years. The school, authorized by Eastern Michigan University, opened in 1998.
Staff members at AALC did not return phone calls seeking comment for the story.