Barbara Williams, the Riverdale kindergarten teacher facing a first-degree misdemeanor charge for shoving a student, has received mostly positive evaluations during her 15 years in the district.
Riverdale Elementary Principal Julie Spade gave Williams evaluations that rated her effectiveness as “skilled” and “accomplished” and said that Williams’ teaching “exceeds expectations.”
The evaluations also commended Williams for the amount of “love and respect” she encourages students to give each other.
The evaluator wrote that Williams had children sit on their hands when she gave instructions so they would pay more attention, and that a written reminder to raise their hands to speak was on the board.
The Courier requested Williams’ personnel file Monday and received it Thursday. The file contains Williams’ evaluations, teaching applications, and letters between Williams and the Riverdale administration, among other documents.
Courier education reporter Max Filby will have more on Friday.