Colleen Anne Murphy was a substitute teacher for the Greater Essex County District School Board in the Windsor, Ontario area for seven years, resigning in 2009 amid allegations she physically and psychologically abused students. According to Sarah Sacheli of the Windsor Star, Murphy is expected to appear before an Ontario College of Teachers disciplinary committee on these charges next week during two days of hearings beginning October 25th, 2011.
This case will be interesting given recent revelations by the Toronto Star regarding secrecy and teacher union involvement in the disciplinary hearings. Check out what I wrote here, including my three endnotes, as well as links to the Kevin Donovan articles.
In effect then, the Murphy hearing will be a test case to see if the OCT secrecy and laissez-fair attitude regarding teachers abusing students remains and whether or not she has her licence to teach in Ontario reinstated. Remember, this disciplinary process should not be about protecting teachers’ reputations and names because I assume there are witnesses to the various allegations.
Meaning, disciplinary hearings at the OCT should, first and foremost, be about the public interest and public trust in those working with children and youth in one of our public institutions — an institution that requires compulsory attendance!
Time will tell.