A Gilbert Unified School District teacher plans to contact a lawyer in an effort to return to her firstgrade classroom at Ashland Ranch Elementary School after the governing board approved what she calls a "forced resignation" Thursday.
"I want to be in my classroom for the next three weeks," said Rina Rosado, 26. "What I want to do is teach."
Rosado was placed on administrative leave after principal Debbie Ybarra reported on April 4 that a faculty member heard Rosado threaten to burn down Ybarra’s house if she wasn’t transferred to Spectrum Elementary School.
When district administrators met with Rosado on April 14, the teacher said she was offered a choice of resigning with recommendations or being fired and ending her career. District officials say she voluntarily resigned that day when she was advised that the district would investigate Ybarra’s complaint.
"The district cannot railroad or push or force in anyway wh atsoever," Superintendent Brad Barrett said. He said Rosado has been reprimanded five times and was suspended for a day in December for violating school rules, but said he could not comment further because of personnel privacy laws.
Rosado says the violations are dress code-related and the suspension stemmed from listing a salary she had not yet received on military paperwork for her fiance.