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B.C. teacher reprimanded for inappropriate interactions with students

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February 17, 2021 - 7:00 AM

A B.C. teacher who belittled and embarrassed students by yelling at them faces a two-day suspension and will be placed in another school.

Wynne Mon Eng is an elementary school teacher in School District No. 41 in Burnaby and has a history of concerning interactions with students, according to a resolution report by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation. The school district filed a report in January 2019 to the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation relating to incidents that occurred between September 2018 and January 2019.

According to a resolution agreement with the commissioner reached Oct. 27, 2020, Eng was teaching a grade five class when she "used a loud voice in class, and belittled, embarrassed and singled out her students."

The resolution agreement reads Eng yelled at one student and then told the class not to be like the student in question.

In another incident, while a student was in front of the class, Eng told them: "Why are you not able to keep up with the rest of the class?" "Why are you so slow?" "Why do I have to ask you so many times?"

She told another student that they has messy drawing and they could not do it. She also referred to student's messy desks as "pigsties."

Eng caused students to feel scared, embarrassed, nervous and stressed by her conduct, reads the resolution agreement.

On Jan. 24, 2019, the school district issued Eng a letter of discipline, in which Eng was removed from her position at the school and assigned to an on-call position until she could be placed at another school. Eng was also required to complete a classroom management course and other programs, according to the report.

The school district, however, had previously raised concerns it had with Eng's conduct.

On Oct. 12, 2016 and May 9, 2016, Eng was issued letters of expectation. They stated teachers always treat students fairly, equally and with respect, and teachers always use language and strategies that are supportive and respectful. The report also says Eng was issued another letter of expectation on Jan. 18, 2012 after parents had raised concerns including demonstrating a lack of respect for students in her classroom and using threatening language.

As part of a proposed resolution by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, Eng faces a two-day suspension of her certificate of qualifications on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

The resolution agreement would mean Eng admits to professional misconduct, contrary to the standards for education, competence and profession conduct of educators in B.C., and she will accept that the details of these incidents will be published. She also agrees not to make any statement orally or in writing, which contradicts, dispute or calls into question the terms of this agreement or the admissions made in it. Any breach of the agreement would be viewed as professional misconduct.

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