Education

Cedar Rapids school district moves to fire teacher for 'inappropriate use of African-American baby doll'

Tammy Ryan is a teacher at Metro alternative high

The Cedar Rapids Community School District's Educational Leadership and Support Center (ELSC) in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Apr. 3, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Cedar Rapids Community School District's Educational Leadership and Support Center (ELSC) in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Apr. 3, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Community School District is recommending a teacher be fired for the “inappropriate use” of an African-American baby doll in the classroom.


Tammy Ryan’s teaching contract with the district was recommended for termination following an internal district investigation, according to a Tuesday news release.


In addition to her inappropriate use of the black baby doll, the investigation found Ryan to be a “poor and ineffective role model,” in use of “inappropriate instructional methods and techniques” and to have “unprofessional conduct.”


Ryan is a multicategorical teacher at Metro alternative high school, according to district records. She was paid $74,000 during the 2016-2017 school year.


The Cedar Rapids school board was notified of Superintendent Brad Buck’s recommendation to terminate Ryan at Monday’s school board meeting, though details of her conduct were not publicly discussed.


Ryan received notice of the recommendation before Monday’s meeting, according to a news release. She could request a private hearing with the school board.


“The Cedar Rapids Community School District, at all times, seeks to foster a non-discriminatory environment consistent with Board policy and state and federal law,” the district said in a statement. “One of the District’s primary goals is to provide all learners with an academic environment in which they feel safe and valued.”

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