La Cañada Unified seeking math teacher

La Cañada Unified School District is advertising an upper-level math position to begin after the holidays, La Cañada Patch reported Wednesday.

It was unclear whether or not the job positing was related to Gabrielle Leko's possible dismissal from her job as a math teacher at La Canada High School. Leko is accused of addressing a student as “Jew boy,” among other offenses.

As a result of a formal complaint against her, Gabrielle Leko was directed last month to undergo sensitivity and diversity training. But the district has not yet decided if Leko will keep her job. The school board reconvenes Wednesday at 5 p.m. for a closed-session hearing to discuss the matter.

The deadline to apply for the advertised math position is 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Assistant Superintendent Patricia Hager told the news website Tuesday that it's normal for a district to regularly advertise positions, especially the more academically rigorous ones.

When Patch asked specifically about a connection between Leko and the job posting, Hager reiterated that it's good for school districts to have an applicant pool of qualified teachers.

The full-time math position, posted on the district's website since Dec. 8, includes teaching five periods, specifically in the subjects of pre calculus through advanced calculus. The job would begin Jan. 9 and run through the rest of the year. It is possible the job could turn into a tenure-track position for the 2012-13 school year.


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-- Katie Landan, Times Community News

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