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Open 47th Letter
From: Whistleblowers– Comprised of a Large Group of Extremely Concerned TUSD Administrators, Teachers, Retired Administrators, Parents and Grandparents
TUSD Mean of the Meanest Mean Girls- Kristel Ann Foster and Adelita Grijalva: The Psychology of Meaness and the Importance in Understanding it
Many, many open letters ago, we began labeling Kristel Ann Foster as a mean girl. We then added Adelita to the same category. We received push-back on our labeling from those of you in the public who thought it was beneath us.
Obviously, we did not let go of the truthful labeling because we felt it was important to keep exposing Foster as one of most naturally nasty and mean people we have ever seen function within the TUSD community. Her sarcastic “digs” and conspiring and colluding ways have now received more recognition.
Many now agree with our label and are calling Kristel out on their divisiveness. We are thankful for this because the more she is exposed for being an instinctively unkind and malicious human, the more she will get called on it. Kristel Ann Foster is mean to the bone.
Foster is a furious woman and holds a lot of bitterness, contempt and general unhappiness within herself. She says that she adores her mother but resents the fact that she does not “get” politics. Of course, if her mom does not “get” what her daughter is entrenched in, her mom certainly does not embrace and accept who her daughter really is. Foster speaks of her deceased father, a military man, as the one who most influenced her. He was thick into politics. Never mind the fact that the politics were the opposite of what Foster asserts to be hers. Nonetheless, she misses her father, mostly for the approval she never gained from him for being most like him. In many ways Kristel has made her father, in death, into more than what he really was in life. It seems that Foster is stuck in some place of desiring approval from her mom and dad, which will always be impossible to obtain.
In other words, she has failed to grow up. Kristel Foster can call upon her perpetual sad place in an instant and begin an episode of pathetic crying over almost any topic. At first it almost comes across as though she is SO caring and SO feeling and people excuse her thinking that her emotions have temporarily overwhelmed her. But then as one experiences her episodes, one after another, it becomes clear that the woman is off balance; not right; off kilter; and desperately in need of mental health treatment.
Anyone who engages with Kristel Ann Foster for more than half an hour learns that she projects a great deal of judgment and spews a lot of anger about everyone, except those who she cherishes, which includes only her family, HT Sanchez and Adelita Grijalva.
She is nice to TUSD people and Tucson shakers and movers who she can exploit to serve her in her end-game. Adelita, unlike her horrid peer, has to work at being nasty. But when Adelita decides to retaliate, it is not only her revenge that it triggered. All she has to do is play victim to her daddy and his allies and suddenly a wave of despicable behavior is unleashed by them onto anyone who crosses her.
Adelita does not plot as much as Kristel does. She doesn’t have to. All she has to do is make a few calls and the dirty work is all done. Her dad will make some calls; threaten some people and inform those with whom he surrounds himself that “the target” is an enemy and to be forever frozen out of HIS camp. It is all pretty treacherous conduct. The thing is, his repetitive falling- to- the- ground drunken behavior seems to be catching up with him and when he finally falls for the last time, all of his so-called supporters will undoubtedly distance themselves from the shame. (Lots of Adelita’s “issues” can be attributed to being the daughter of an alcoholic. She does more denial than most on the topic.)
Kristel has manipulated herself into this web of retaliation by becoming what she believes is part of the Grijalva family. (She refuses to acknowledge that most within the “family” cannot stand her. They use her as she uses them. It is all very convenient.)
Adelita and Raul have everything that Foster jealously lusts after. They are Mexican and they are powerful. In the end, Kristel wants both and she has neither. She desperately wants to be in a relationship with a Latino so that through some drastically impaired sense of osmosis, she becomes Mexican. But, as she found out the last time she was with a Latino; once she is seen for what she is, he will high-tail out the door- running as fast as possible! She makes a conscious effort to befriend people who are brown, not based on their individual character, but on the color of their skin. Her taste of power as a TUSD Board member and active member of the Pima County Dem party has, like crack, gotten her hooked. She wants more; as much as she can get and she does not care what it takes to get it!
Did any of you pick up on one of Kristel’s most malicious acts just a few months ago during a Board meeting, while she took “personal privilege” in congratulating Mark Stegeman on his marriage while handing him a congratulatory card? We know, it sounds like a nice deed but it was actually hateful. Dr. Stegeman had kept his recent marriage a secret, wanting to announce and celebrate it in his own time and on his own terms. Instead Kristel, who has along with Adelita, often told people that she despises, hates, abhors, cannot stand, and otherwise loathes Mark Stegeman took the opportunity to rip Mark Stegeman’s announcement away from him. She had spent hours upon hours on the internet searching public records when she came across the marriage license information. She then plotted exactly how she would use the newly learned information to make herself look good while stealing the glory of making his own announcement from Mark. The act was nothing short of wicked. She is mean to the bone!
During the January 10th Board meeting, Kristel and Adelita went through their individual idiotic reasons for not voting for Mark Stegeman as Board clerk. They each attacked him on their perceived opinions about his leadership skills. They attacked him for violating confidentiality requirements, although there is no evidence to support their accusations. IN FACT, the former Board majority (Foster, Grijalva, and Juarez) was found to be guilty by the Arizona Attorney General for violating open meeting law but any self-reflection by these two women is, of course, out of the question.
Self-reflection is important. It is what makes us learn from our mistakes. It is what makes us human. Within our group of Whistleblowers we have wrestled with whether bringing up the outrageous weight gain by Foster and Grijalva during their individual TUSD Board tenures is relevant. Is it relevant to their behavior as Board members? This is especially the case, since many of us within our group are overweight. We do not want to be hypocritical. But as we discussed the issue, we all shared that within our schools many have made repeated comments about the observed Foster weight gain and/or the Grijalva weight gain. It is not just a few pounds here and there. It is tremendous weight gain. It is going from one size of clothing to a larger and then a larger and then a larger size. This is not about body shaming, just as it was not body shaming in pointing out Chris Christy’s weight. It is rather an added observation to the malicious behaviors that we see manifested by these two women, but especially, Foster. Are they comfortable in their own skin? If so, it is a non-issue. Or are each of them miserable in their own skin and does that misery lend more fuel to their malevolent behavior? We believe this to be the case. We also believe that as female role models in the educational arena -to thousands upon thousands of students- obesity is not acceptable. We would say that same about Stegeman and Hicks if they were obese. Dealing with these issues goes well beyond dieting or more drastic measures such as a gastric bypass surgery (already known in Adelita’s family not to work). It begins with being honest with one’s self which is what we are promoting here. If Adelita is honest with herself and if Kristel is honest with herself there may be a chance for self growth. Otherwise, everyone, expect A LOT more meanness and more lies from these two mean girls! And everyone, line up to call them out on it!
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For two individuals who so generously go on the attack about one of their peer’s leadership skills, it may be of some benefit for each of them to ask themselves about their own leadership skills and their success as role models. If they were each honest with themselves they would have to admit that they have failed in each area.
Stop and ask yourself why in four long years of Kristel Ann Foster being on the TUSD Board she never went beyond being “just the clerk of the Board.” In decades of TUSD history it has NEVER been the case that a Board member, especially one who has served as clerk, has NOT been elected President. Foster, after all, was part of a solid Board bloc. Yet, she never served as President.
The same is true about Cam Juarez, although, he never even made it to the level of being elected Board clerk. Of the three, are we to believe that Adelita was the only one who could handle being Board president? Of course, the set-up was the most convenient for HT Sanchez because his highest regard (of the three) was always directed in very obvious ways to Adelita. Are we to believe that Foster and Juarez were just chumps in this set-up?
No! They knew exactly what they were doing. Raul and Adelita worked harder than Cam did on his campaign for re-election and had it not been for Raul and Adelita, Foster would have flat failed in her bid for re-election. It is all convenient usage and exploitation, which results in NOT one good thing for students, which takes us to our next topic:
Six Schools Lose Magnet Status!
Kristel Foster, Adelita Grijalva and Cam Juarez are responsible for six magnet schools losing their magnet status. They are responsible because they and only they allowed HT Sanchez to sabotage Ochoa, Robison, Safford, Utterback, Pueblo and Cholla by not providing them with adequate staffing and resources.
HT Sanchez has fought the Unitary Status Plan for as long as he has been Superintendent and the Board majority that served from 2013-2017 NEVER redirected HT Sanchez to support and implement the USP, including fully supporting the magnet schools.
This is a tragedy that cannot be undone. For those of us who work at magnet schools, including the schools which now have lost their identity, there is grave disappointment and anger at what has taken place.
Another Message to Rachael Sedgwick: You are now a public figure and a role model. Do not allow your “win” to fool you into thinking that you can bully bartenders or bar owners into conceding to any illusive power you many want to slam down. This type of behavior does come across as snobbish and privileged; regardless of skin color. Your conduct will be watched by both your supporters and enemies. Do not let down your supporters (most of us are progressives not conservatives) and do not give your enemies ammunition to shoot you.
Strive to be humble and earn the trust of the community. Stop with the Facebook diary entries. You can be transparent without TMI. Your so-called Facebook-following should not be used as any type of sound methodology to govern or to be taken seriously. Think through your statements before you utter them. Right now, you do not sound “highly educated.”
Do not believe one single word that HT Sanchez utters to you. He is a pathological liar. Stay away from the meanness that now permeates the conduct illustrated by your gender on the Board. TUSD is a public school system; not a private school system and not a charter school district.
Do not allow right-wingers to convince you otherwise. Many of us voted for you because of your favorable positions on desegregation and Mexican American Studies. PLEASE Do NOT burn us.
We are hearing that you are very agreeable with everyone with whom you are meeting (even when two opposing positions have been presented to you at two different meetings).
For now, do not worry about “plants” such as Derek Ray Harris who trashed you during call to the audience at the January 10th meeting. He was put up to do what he did by those who want you to fail. (He has linkages to the Grijalva crew.) Derek is part of the exclusive fine arts department that serves primarily one sector of the TUSD community. He does not have a lot of political substance or influence and his own lack of character can easily be exposed. (Derek, hope you are listening. Put that rock down! After all, you live and work in a glass house!) Just remember that those who want you to fail can come up with more “plants” should you decide that you need to continue to act like a spoiled brat. Any of us would have paid the 12 bucks and avoided the negative exposure you have brought upon yourself. First impressions are lasting impressions. We support you and want you to succeed so do not sabotage yourself!
Remember, everyone knows everyone in Tucson. It is more like a small town than a big city. This means that what you do and say is known; good or bad.
Message to HT Sanchez: We suggest you begin packing all of the baggage you have accumulated while in Tucson. It will not serve anyone here so take it all with you. Please take Boe, Morado, MA Wallace and other blind supporters with you! While people from the community speak during Board meetings/call to the audience, have the decency to look at them. It is obnoxious and it is disrespectful for you to hang your head down and it makes you look as guilty as you are for all that you have done wrong here. We sincerely hope your departure will come soon. You can list us as a reference.
Could you get your Deputy to do or say something meaningful? Right now she appears to be a highly paid figure head who says and does little to impact instruction positively. She has not been helpful to a single administrator of whom we know.
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