Lost In The Sauce: Bronx Principal Drenched in Scandals

December 6, 2011  |  

Sharron Smalls might as well pack up her pencils and start brainstorming new career options because there’s no way she’s going to bounce back from the scandals she’s currently wrapped up in.

Smalls, 43, who is principal of Jane Addams High School in the South Bronx, was already under investigation for a credit-swap program that has allegedly allowed students to receive a diploma without taking the courses required for graduation. Half of the entire senior class is in danger of not graduating because they don’t have the necessary credits.

And then this happened.

A photo of a shirtless man grinding on the principal while pouring chocolate all over her body surfaced. According to the New York Daily News, the photo was Small’s profile image on Facebook—until ish hit the fan this week—and when students found it, they blasted it online and in e-mail in retaliation.

Students say the photo shows the principal, who enforced strict dress codes and often told them “the thug look is out,” is a hypocrite. Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg, isn’t too sympathetic either. “When you are in a leadership position in a school, you have to consider the potential downside of exposing your personal life on social media.”

Chocolate city situation aside, Smalls, who has been principal of the school since 2007, earning $140,000 a year, has enough marks against her regarding students’ performance. In 2011, Jane Addams earned an F in every category of its city-issued progress report, and only 45% of the senior class graduated on time. It really shouldn’t have taken all of this for the city’s education officials to get a clue.

Stephen Tavano, 58, who has taught math at Jane Addams for 19 years, says it’s time to get things back in order. “These photos are just another example of our leader’s poor judgment,” he said.

“No matter how this turns out, principal Smalls needs to go.”

What do you think about this situation? Should principal Smalls’ personal photos be used as evidence of her poor judgment as an education leader? Is the photo even relevant with all of the other issues going on at the high school?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Pathetic muckraking baloney. Who cares what she does in her leisure time? Wonder what would happen if everyone’s personal life were a matter of public record. We wouldn’t have anyone able to hold a job for 5 minutes.

  • Alexis3331973

    She has moral, judgment, and discretion problems in all areas. Usually where there is smoke there is fire. She shouldn’t be in a position of leadership.

  • Guest

    Her salary is the norm believe it or not for Principals or any other executive city figure in New York State and City. If it were a private school in New York she would have gotten more. 

    Facebook is a PUBLIC site. I have two accounts. Professional which is a graveyard of nothing and Personal with a completely different name. This is for certain family members and people I have known for three plus years. Some of my family is too hood for me LOL.

    I once new a teacher that would friend his students on FB. Personally that was always weird to me. When it comes to children, if your not related to me, or my child, there is no need for us to be cool like that. At all. To many adults want to relive their youth and think they are cool if they befriend their students. Thats a really dangerous game to play as a school leader or teacher or even a role model to young children. And nowadays with so many children desperate for love and attention because their not getting at at home….God Bless.

  • missme

    LOL! Some people are amazed at $140,000 which is not a lot  but  decent money for New York.  My cousin is a principal in ATL and makes $125,000.  The superintendents makes over $300,000 a year.  There are some teacher who make over $75,000 a year.  Depends on degrees and years of experience.  How much did you all think they gross?  They should make more than that!  Some of them have to put up with a lot of disrespectful kids and parents.  Its hard to teach someone thats not interested in learning, because it was never valued in their household. You have to do all sorts of tricks to get them to learn and not toy with time on foolishness!  All of the issues of every student falls back on that principal and that includes failing test scores.

  • This is evidence of poor judgement. Nothing is private and she’s not very bright if she thinks those students wouldn’t find that picture. The fact that the school is doing that badly isn’t surprising when she has such bad judgment. I think she’s got to go.

  • JustSayin

    Soooo Why Is The Principle Earning 140,000/year? I could care less about her personal time… as long as she did her job. Our principle held a school wide Cha Cha Slide Competition in school so she could learn it in time for her wedding….They are human and they can still live their lives. Teenagers are jerk-faces anyway when they don’t get their way and quick to find an adults faults to cover up their own. But…. that amount of money for a principle? Nah… I can’t figure that one out.

    • Djayjimmyhall

      I was thinking the same thing principal that # can”t be Right  

  • Mekolovesmj

    If she wanted her private life to be kept private then she should not have had that picture as her Facebook profile.  It seems to me like she wanted to get caught.  With all of the ongoing scandals surrounding her it does not take a rocket science to consider that one of her students would find out something about her online.  And, if the online presence is questionable, do you not think students would not push that out as soon and as much as possible.  Her questionable online presence is simply more evidence of her lack of judgement.  In this situation, she hurt herself. 

  • Well, clearly in this day and age of technology…she should have been smart enough to know that using that pic as a profile pic or posting it in ANY social media outlet would be a huge mistake.  But as a parent, I understand that principals and teachers all have a personal lives and it does not bother me.  If that were a student, that would be a total different story..

  • I have to laugh at the chocolate syrup pic.. WOW! The principal is getting it cracking. I wouldn’t judge her based on her personal life for this pic. Do what you do… but don’t get caught! She should know better that to befriend her students on her personal FB profile. I know many people who have a professional FB set up as well as a personal. That was a poor judgement call. 
    BUT the grades and standards failing? That is horrendous! The fact that she’s been allowed to make THAT much money in a failing public school is EVERYONE WHO IS IN CHARGE’S FAULT! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? $140,000 and almost half the seniors don’t have enough credits to graduate???? WOW! That is a shame! THAT is the real crime!

  • Mars C

    Her personal time, her personal business..however, better judgement should have been made on her behalf with posting the picture as a FB profile picture. I have friends that are in education, lawyers, doctors and entrepreneurs and we “gets downs”, however, we are cautious on what we portray on social networks. I will look at my children’s educational leader side eyed if I saw this

  • I always thought that Facebook was “personal.”  Anything you have on there is public and can get you fired if it conflicts with your job in any way.  This chick has used poor judgment in every aspect of her life.  SMDH!!

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  • Terrimh84

    Lol…. She is allowed a personal life right? She isn’t a nun. Yes she is a principal, but at the end of the day she is a person who handled her business got her education became a principal and in her off time she parties she has every right to have a personal life there is a time and place for everything.

  • Sugar_Spice

    I don’t think she should be judged based on something that was done on personal time.  I’m pretty sure most of our bosses aren’t angels outside of work.  I think these people are looking for more dirt when it’s not necessary, her leadership in the school speaks for itself.

  • F3ral Anarchy

    …..bet she will choose to not load the pics from vacation next time she decides to get drenched with syrup by a stripper….again poor judgment by a woman in a position of authority…yes she was on “her time” and no it shouldnt matter what she does with her time but guess what….”they” are always watching what “we” do and cant wait to put us on blast….ask herman cain

    • I really don’t think this situation or the herman cain situation has anything to do with “they” watching us.  Herman Cain was treated like any other politician.  If we want equality, we have to take the good with the bad.  As far as the teacher, i bet it was not “them” that put her on blast, it was probably one of “our” counterparts.  Lets keep it real.

      • F3ral Anarchy

        you could be right and if it was a counterpart….thats a even bigger eye opener about giving info out about ANYTHING you do outside of work….hell i dont even talk to coworkers about my weekends come monday morning lol

  • cutily

    How come she can be blasted for that? I’m sure, at least 3/4 of the parents of these kids must be smoking crack or weed and engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior, that’s just unfair the picture is not inappropriate!

    Someone must hate her really bad!

    • Not inappropriate? Teachers an school officials are role models! She should have at least made her profile private so she couldn’t be found by her students. She chose to upload that pic and is now paying the price.

  • pkeys

    No…this was something done on personal time and not on school time.  She should only be judged on her schools performance.

    • Routes

      Uhh …. which means she needs to go.x’