Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mt. Pleasant coach Steve Nelson transferred...

10 comments:

Peter Brewer said...

25 years doesn't mean much anymore. It must be tough to be an administrator and not be able to see simple things like that. If indeed the school and that district are kid-centric, as they all claim to be, then retain the educators who have a legitimate record of connecting with kids.

Hang in there Steve.

Peter Brewer
Northgate

Anonymous said...

This sucks! What will happen to his old position. Will someone else move up rather than hire a new coach? If they are going to hire new person..why can't they hire for the new school?

XCSteve-O said...

It just keeps on happening. Great guys like Pete Brewer and Steve Nelson not only build amazing programs, they also turn out quality kids and then get treated like dirt. School administrators don't care about the sucess of the sport or the recognition it brings to the school. The Administrators don't care about the people they are supposed to care about most - THE STUDENTS! It's happened over and over again in the last couple of years and sadly it's not going to stop.

What was that club running discussion?

Anonymous said...

Nelson has 25 years of seniority and is a tenured teacher. What he can do is be moved back into the Social Science Department at Mt. Pleasant and bump a low seniority member out of that department. This would allow him to keep coaching until the issue is solved.

Kevin Liao said...

Nelson does not have 25 years of teaching seniority. He has only been teaching PE at Mt Pleasant for 5 years, which is why he was one of the first to be moved.

Also, many teachers in that district coach in different schools from where they teach. Evergreen and Mt Pleasant are very close to each other, so it wouldn't be a huge deal for him to keep coaching at MP.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Liao – I believe everyone is speaking on principal. Yes, in fact Nelson does have 25 years of Teaching at Mt. Pleasant however only 4 years in the PE Department. Why not transfer him back to the department he does have more seniority in? He has built a repertoire at Mt. Pleasant and he has been an positive mentor to the students of this school. Yes it is a HUGE deal for these students to lose a teacher like him. How can he continue to build a solid foundation for his team if he is not able to pick potential out of the crowd? To understand this loss you will need to walk a mile in their shoes. Some teachers are worth fighting for.

Anonymous said...

There must be more to it than that.

Anonymous said...

· It funny how in the end people who don’t see what an impact that a teacher has when he is there for the kids, its not just after school thing but there to help them better themselves and continue there education. 95% of his kids go onto Collage, but I guess that’s not important....

Anonymous said...

In the end, the X-Country season was eliminated and the kids lost their program. There is some very small administrator who used the transfer as a power play because they don't have the ability to lead. Its happened before and it will happen again. Administrators come and go... coaches are in it for the long run.

There was a solution to this problem, the district chose to not solve the problem.

Anonymous said...

What a horrible thing. Cross country is probably the most inclusive sport in high school athletics, and has the most potential to positively touch the greatest number of students' lives. I'd also hazard that on a per-capital basis, its one of the least expensive. What did the affected kids do? Were those who were interested able to run USATF?