I met with one of the Vice Principals today regarding son's placement in science. I emailed her yesterday stating that the current placement was not a "good fit" and I was concerned for his social/emotional well being. Those exact words, that short that simple. We set up a meeting via email tag for this morning. While I was playing email tag, the ESE Coordinator had called me. She was promoted to call my by the guidance counselor who I first contacted about getting son out of the science class with the B.O.W. (see my other thread). She wasn't even informed that I was looking to transfer son out of that class. I ended up telling her most of the story as diplomatically as I could. I repeatedly told her that I was not fully comfortable divulging the details because I wasn't looking to bash or criticize a teacher, however, she herself indicated that if this teacher needed "education" or "retraining" regarding IEPs that it was OK for me to share the information. I was still on edge dishing out the information but felt a bit more at ease since this teacher truly does not have much experience with IEPs since she's only been with THIS school for 3 years and only teaches advanced classes - Honors and AP. So, this morning I was prepared to be as diplomatic as possible AGAIN. Turns out I was stressing for no reason. Ms C (the VP) simply restated that son was having difficulty and it's important to get him out of that class so, lets figure out our options for re-placement. I wanted to jump across the desk and the woman! So, he's getting placed in the credit retrieval room. Temporarily, he will use that time to finish up his algebra summer school course. (yeah, not done yet) In the meantime, I will register him for virtual school chemistry and then he will work on that course - in school, on campus. It was THAT easy. The placement started immediately after our meeting. YAY! So, back to my thread title. As much as I would want to clone her, because I think she is THAT AWESOME, unfortunately, I think her awesomeness (at least part of it) came a a very high price. While I was waiting for her in her office, I was looking around and saw usual positive affirmation decor. then I noticed the books on her desk - Positive parenting AtoZ, a book about family by Billy Graham, and then an odd title. I don't remember the exact title (maybe I do, but am not sure) but it was along the lines of *How to identify an UNhappy child* Then all the baseball pictures of an attractive young man caught my eye. Hmmmmmmm probably her son. THEN..... the front page newspaper headline "C Touched Many in his Short Life" My heart sank. I didn't dare get up to read it, only because if she came in while I was reading it I'd be in that horribly awkward social situation that I am so not good at handling. When i got home, I did research it, but all I could find was that he did indeed die in 2007 at age 19 - could not find cause. He was a star athlete and there is a scholarship fund now in his name. So, one can only speculate as to what happened.