Former Curtis Teacher: I Just Want to Move on With My Career
Brooke Patterson says quitting her position and taking a job in Hudson was 'the right move for me.'
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Sudbury Patch's interview with Brooke Patterson happened before the resignation of Peter Fardig.)
Former Curtis Middle School special education teacher Brooke Patterson wants the public to know how much she appreciated her time spent with Sudbury Public Schools and how much she admired Prinicpal Steven Lambert and administrator Peter Fardig.
Patterson, who suddenly left her post in September to take a job at JFK Middle School in Hudson, told Sudbury Patch she wanted to clear up the reasons behind her departure.
"I appreciate getting my side of story out," she said. "There seems to be a lot of confusion."
Patterson said she gave Superintendent Anne Wilson two weeks notice, hand-delivering a resignation letter in September, stating her last day would be Sept. 29.
"I appreciated my time in Sudbury," she said. "I learned a lot. It was the right move for me. There are other circumstances I choose not to speak about that are in the resignation letter."
Patterson said despite the timing of her resignation, the issue Fardig is facing played no part in her leaving.
"I don’t’ know the reason behind it, but it had nothing to do with my leaving," she said.
A 51A report was filed against Fardig to the Department of Children and Services the following day. The results of DCF's findings are not known.
"Steven Lambert and Peter Fardig were both amazing to me," Patterson said. "Peter was one of best administrators I’ve ever worked with. And Mr. Lambert was extremely supportive to me. But neither of them are the reason why I left. It was just the right move for me."
During the Oct. 17 SPS Committee meeting, Wilson told resident Bob Stein the teachers' contract states 60 days notice must be given.
When asked if she was worried about giving just two weeks notice, she said she couldn't comment.
Wilson said recently she doesn't usually comment on faculty who have left the school district.
"I loved the students and families I worked with," Patterson said. "I went in and I did my job to the best of my ability."