Teacher prepares for move to middle school

However, she said she is concerned with the new "team" teaching style and the younger students she will have.

The team teaching style involves a social studies, math, science and English teacher assigned to a group of about 100 students, and they will all teach only those students.

McManus said the team method might be more restrictive.

"The day, the blocks and the periods are all an adjustment," she said.

McManus is currently teaching summer school in addition to preparing for her new curriculum and trying to find a way back to teaching at the high school.

She said another social studies teacher at the high school, unrelated to her transfer, resigned, and she is applying for that position.

"I have been trying to pursue an [alternate] avenue back to the high school," she said.

She said some officials have been less than supportive of her efforts to return to the high school.

"I was told by one administrator that should I move on; basically, pack my stuff up," she said.

McManus and Nelligan were transferred as a result of a "culture climate inquiry" conducted by the district that reported a " boy's club" or "locker room," mentality among the department, and noted the use of homophobic and chauvinistic language.

Guilderland Principal Michael Paolino was recently placed on administrative leave amid local media reports of racial and anti-gay comments.

The administration has not confirmed why Paolino was placed on leave.""

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