A Piece Full World

"Ten Steps to Some Sanity" for Bullied Educators
Bullied By Your Principal? Start Here.
An Abuse Full World: Kim's Personal Story
Kim's Blog
Apologies to Dr. Seuss
A District's Bullying and Harassment Policy.....
A School District's Workplace Violence Policy
Kemp Mill ES
NEA Articles About Bullied Educators
The "Bully" Movie
Services/Contact Kim
Helpful Links


 "Inner hurricanes become the foreboding odd silence of the hurricane's center.  Cowards become heroes." K.W. 


 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.



"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

Click here for your state's model "Bullying and Harassment" policy!

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

 A Piece Full World.


Click "No Place for Hate!" The Anti-Defamation League has terrific resources for creating a school wide bullying prevention program!



"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann


Teacher w/pre-school students
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Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.

School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.



 School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools are representatives of the School District of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.

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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."

"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement of Florida

So Many Things... 

 This morning I cannot decide what to write about...  A beloved transgender student--accepted by her parents as she transitioned from Eric to Hope? My sadness at a beautiful life lost?  My confusion?  Why, with her parents' support, would she choose to end her life now?  Just months from high school graduation?  Accepted by thirteen colleges?  Why? There had to be other issues at play.  Depression?  Anxiety?  Parents' divorce?

Or might I write about my Florida International University freshman--my daughter--and her obtuse text: "I'm alive."? I'd not yet heard of the pedestrian bridge collapse. Might I write of the inner drop at the knowledge that she often drives that very road?   That it all feels so random?  That waiting at a traffic light was a death sentence for six? Might I write of the horror of more anguished waiting?  For there are six grieving families connected to six bodies still covered in Tamiami Trail rubble...

Or shall I write today of the silliness of Florida's "Best and Brightest"?  I am not one of the best and brightest.  Having earned an effective instead of a highly effective evaluation this year, I am one of the "Kinda Good and Sorta Lackluster" sigh heaving educators who receive $800 instead of $1,200.

Ah, now that strikes the "Kym (Kim with attitude) Kord". Although I received a perfect evaluation by my school principal for the work I do at my school,  I did not receive enough points from my evaluated children's test scores to achieve highly effective status.  That might have been a blow to my fragile ego if this counselor's "core and non-core" evaluation weren't so clearly and immorally stupid.  

Did I just write stupid?  Why, I hardly ever choose that word!  I most often choose synonyms like foolish.  Naive.  But a "core and non-core" counselor evaluation on 23 FSA math scores is just plain (more synonyms) imbecilic and ignorant.  Just plain corrupt to keep that money outta this hardworking gal's pockets!  Why, I'd have paid to have my roof pressure washed!  Now, Florida legislature, I'll have to live with the mold a while longer.  

Oh Lordy, I think that's funny!  I might as well hold you accountable for my roof tiles blackened edges!  Why not?  You hold me accountable for 23 math scores...

My work as a school counselor includes: organizing school wide events such as "Starts With Hello"; "No One Eats Alone" and "No Place For Hate". I present in classrooms and meet with groups of children. I work hard at preventing bullying. I am an Anti-Defamation League "World of Difference" trainer; and an "Olweus Bullying Prevention Program" trainer, and a "Workplace Bullying Prevention Program" trainer. I sponsor our schools' Kindness Club. Our club, as one of its activities, organized an LGBT workshop for our students.  We hosted three guests to share their stories: a gay man, a lesbian woman and a transgender man. 

I write all of the above because I want you, my dear readers, to "feel me."  I like my job as a school counselor.  I love children.  I work hard on their behalf.


I was evaluated by Miami-Dade County Public Schools--get ready my darlings--on seventeen eighth grade science FCAT scores.  That evaluation, paired with my Florida VAM evaluation of 23 randomly selected FSA math scores of the almost 1,100 students at my school, only gave me 42.50 points.  

I did poorly on the FSA math scores as my outcome was: -3.541. My VAM ratio I am giggling as I type this meaningless tripe (synonyms; nonsense and rubbish) thus, was
-2.6846 with a standard error of 1.319. I am not surprised at this poor showing as I myself do poorly with math.  I count on my fingers.  As a flight attendant, I'd relinquish the headset, duty free and liquor money counting to others.  I like money--and would have been happy to receive the extra $400--but numbers and I are strange bed fellows. 

It certainly is no surprise to me that my 23 students did poorly with me.

But even I can see that my evaluation, and my loss of a highly effective $400 cannot be statistically significant.  Twenty three scores.  Math scores.  Seventeen points.  Four hundred dollars.

What might I do with those lovely four hundred dollars? I'll never know. The State of Florida won't give 'em to me.


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