Teacher Cristina Mallon resigns after cheerleading routine on YouTube

November 14, 2007

News: Cristina Mallon, an English teacher and cheerleading coach at a high school in Gilbert, Arizona, has reportedly resigned. The cheer coach had showed her class a short routine in class. After video of the routine made its way on YouTube, the school put her on paid leave. She later returned to class, only to face criticism from a few parents for selecting the book Jake Reinvented for the class reading list.

Analysis: Unless I’m missing something, I think the school board should not accept her resignation, but should stand by her. The ultimate question is whether she is a good teacher. I haven’t heard any criticism of her abilities as a teacher, particularly not from any students or school administrators.  Had a male high school teacher performed a cheer in class, I doubt there would have been the same kind of response.

NOTE:  I would love to hear your reaction to this incident, so please comment.  Am I right, she should keep her job?

Teacher Cristina Mallon, of YouTube “cheerleading” fame, under scrutiny again for “Jake Reinvited”

October 30, 2007

News:  Out in Gilbert, Arizona, English teacher and cheerleading coach Cristina Mallon appears to be facing another controversy.  As you remember, she was put on 1-week administrative leave for performing her cheerleading routine in class (caught on video by a student and then posted on YouTube).  Now, some parents are complaining about the novel she assigned to her freshman class, Jake Reinvented.  (More)

Here’s a review of the book on Amazon:  ” Gr. 9-12. High society meets high school in this retelling of The Great Gatsby, set at the class-conscious F. Scott Fitzgerald High. The stories correspond in many particulars: new kid Jake Garrett, “cool, mysterious, different,” has won over the “it” crowd with raucous parties at his subdivision McMansion. Popular opinion turns against Jake when alpha male Todd Buckley suspects the newcomer, rightly, of pursuing his best girl, Didi, and turns up an ugly secret: Jake was once (gasp!) a big nerd. So begins Garrett’s plunge to ignominy. The Nick Carraway character, Rick, offers a wry, comic voice, but constricting Fitzgerald’s plot to the narrow world of high school, and scaling back the major crises (there’s no death, murder, or suicide), leaves behind a drama that has more in common with a John Waters movie than a great American novel. Yet even as young adults feel insulted by the novel’s portrayal of teenagers as nerd haters, beer guzzlers, and herd followers, they’re also likely to read it with a wink and a smirk as they catch the sundry Gatsby allusions.”

Analysis:  I haven’t read the book yet, but the description of it sounds fine.  I wonder what is really going on in Gilbert, Arizona for this teacher –whom many of my readers defended and praised.

For more reports on the incident, visit here.

Female high school teacher suspended for “cheerleading” routine on YouTube

October 7, 2007

News: A female high school teacher in Gilbert, Arizona reportedly has been suspended (or placed on paid administrative leave) over a “cheerleading” routine she performed in front of her students. One of her students videotaped it on a cellphone and then posted it on YouTube. On YouTube, the teacher is described as a “humanities” teacher and cheerleading coach. (More) Her name is Christina Mallon, and she teaches at Williams Field High School.

Analysis: I haven’t visited a high school in a while, but it’s my understanding that cheerleaders in high school perform these kinds of somewhat provocative routines. I don’t know why the teacher would be performing this in class, though. Based on what I heard, a suspension seems like an overreaction. She’s the cheer coach.

UPDATE: One of her students explains what happened and defends his teacher: “She said she was nervous, she didn’t want to do it, but we just asked her if we could see the new cheer for the game and she did it,” 10th grader Chase Pruitt said. “It was nice there was nothing wrong with that.” (More)

For updated coverage, visit here.

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