Teacher turnover: Bethany Wessel

Former Trailblazer Elementary teacher

Posted 3/29/16

Bethany Wessel left her position as music teacher at Trailblazer Elementary in Highlands Ranch in early March.

“I am not a union member. I have not ever complained about my salary, even when we had a pay freeze for several years. I have always …

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Teacher turnover: Bethany Wessel

Former Trailblazer Elementary teacher

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Bethany Wessel left her position as music teacher at Trailblazer Elementary in Highlands Ranch in early March.

“I am not a union member. I have not ever complained about my salary, even when we had a pay freeze for several years. I have always had highly effective and effective ratings,” Wessel said. “I left my school after 12 wonderful years due to poor administration, which I believe is the direct result of Liz Fagen’s training of them.”

Wessel started in the district in 2004 when she said DCSD was considered the “number one place to work in the state of Colorado.”

“The district touts giving voice and choice to students to have a say in how they learn and do things, but teachers are not being given the same privilege,” she said. “We’re being told our decisions and our style has to fit these certain requirements and we get one actually observed formal evaluation a year to prove that, and then they cram everything else into a computer program.”

Wessel said she is staying out of public schools for now.

“I do teach band and choir at my school as a private contractor before school starts each day, and I teach private music lessons and direct musical theater camps all over Denver,” Wessel said. “This is where I’ll keep my focus for now.”

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