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by Nassau professor Stefan Krompier, who has posted a personal appeal for Mary-Faith, friend, colleague and homeless teacher. He explains:
In the fall of 2011 Mary-Faith possessed a Temporary Teaching License and was teaching full time. At this point in time the New York State Education Department informed her that that she needed to obtain a Permanent License in order to continue teaching in a NYS Public School.
She followed the Departments written instructions and completed the two specific courses in adolescent pedagogy necessary to obtain her permanent teaching license. However, because these courses were recommended in error and not the specific two courses she needed, Mary-Faith no longer had a teaching license, a job, or the ability to get a teaching job in a NYS Public School.
Her advanced degree and extensive teaching experience enabled Mary-Faith to secure employment at four different colleges as an Adjunct Instructor. She worked six days a week and was able to support herself. Personal health issues, her mother’s worsening dementia, her lack of a full-time teaching position and the on-again-off-again nature of adjunct work has depleted her savings to the point where she is now homeless. Her night time hours are split sleeping in her car and when lucky on the couch in a friend’s house.
Please help Mary-Faith back on her feet. Your donation will be used to pay Mary-Faith's first and last month's rent and a security deposit.
Cash or check contributions can be mailed or given directly to Stefan Krompier, 200 Northfield Rd., Hauppauge, NY 11788. Credit Card and Paypal donations can be made by clicking the donation link on the page. Contact information for questions or problems. PS: there seems to be a problem with the link, but Stefan is working on it. I'll post an update as soon as there is one.