ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – An honored school teacher is on suspension for what seemed like a minor incident. But now she faces losing her job.
The incident occurred at the Humboldt Elementary School in south St. Louis,and has parents wondering why a “Teacher of the Year” is out of the classroom.
Look at the Wilkinson Early Childhood website, and the first thing you see is a video, proudly honoring Kelly Hahn as St. Louis Public Schools' pre-school teacher of the year. Hahn received the district wide honor on November 19th. Fifteen days later she was told to leave Wilkinson.
Hahn wouldn't talk on camera, but confirms by phone there was a neglect allegation involving a student in her class. It's something she describes as a mountain being made of a mole hill. Parents agree.
"There was no case. There was no child neglect. There were no issues on that matter with DFS. They say nothing was wrong. Then their next question is, `Why is she not back at school?" said parent Adam Duke.
The PTO says the parents of the child involved in the incident even support Hahn. Parents say Wilkinson is one of many very good schools in the troubled district.
A spokesman for St. Louis Public Schools Refused comment, saying they do not publicly discuss personnel matters. Parents say the superintendent has received more than 100 emails on Hahn's behalf. They say he agreed to meet with them, then cancelled. Hahn says a hearing on her case is set for March 4th.