A Jacksonville, Florida math teacher could soon go from fired to re-hired.
Joyce Quiller, 51, received a termination letter from the school district in February over allegations she led a profanity-laced classroom and called one student the “N” word. But a judge’s ruling last month said the Duval County School District violated the progressive discipline provision of Quiller’s contract with the teachers’ union that establishes a three-step system of punishment.
The 21-page ruling said Quiller should have been suspended without pay according to her contract. Quiller’s attorney said she’s eager to get back into the classroom, but the big question now is whether the School Board will approve the recommendation by the judge and allow her back.
According to a January complaint, Quiller is a foul-mouthed math teacher who told students they were “stupid,” “ignorant,” and used other derogatory language. After a series of student and parent complaints about her behavior, Quiller was fired in February.
One student claimed Quiller said, “You are all some lazy n—- for coming to class late.” But Quiller’s legal consultant said she’s never used the “N” word in the classroom.