Oh my gosh. Bonnie has resigned.
I'm curiously without much of an opinion about her. Some of my fellow teachers hate her, but I attribute a lot of that to the railing-against-authority that so many of us have. I think she handled herself well in a lot of instances, and really believed she felt terrible about all the mismanagement before her that caused her to lay off teachers and guidance counselors back in 2003. I mean, I save my hate for Carmen Russo, the woman who drove the system into its deficit, not Bonnie Copeland.
What I do know is that this system needs some stability and this isn't going to help that. We'll see what happens over the next few months, especially as Duncan, O'Malley, and Ehrlich volley around the school system as a political beach ball. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have some trepidation about this all.
My Bonnie Copeland memories:
1. I once went up to her at an event and thanked her for saving my school from an inept principal a few years back.
2. I once saw her staring out the window at the Towson Panera Bread, a dead look in her eyes. She was there before I walked into Target, and after, with the same stare. It was the holiday season that she laid everyone off.
3. A couple of weeks ago, I sat behind her at the play at Everyman Theater. She feels like a celebrity to me.
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