Lindale counselors in question
POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 10:27am
KETK talks with state and local officials on certification requirements
LINDALE - Allegations surface about qualifications of employees in one East Texas school district. Monday, a source tells us three counselors in the Lindale Independent School district don't meet state requirements. So we talked to state and local officials... here's what they had to say.
The Texas Education Agency certifies teachers at Texas public schools.
There were questions whether some Lindale ISD employees met state certification requirements.
Rebekah Sandifer and Monica Mize are listed as counselors on the ISD website, but sources say they're not certified.
Lindale ISD Deputy Superintendent Jamie Holder says that's not true.
He says Sandifer works at lindale high with "At Risk" students... but isn't a counselor.
Earlier today the school's website listed her as the Director for "At Risk students" and under the counselor section with "At Risk" guidance as her title, but Holder says that's a website error.
And later today the site was updated... Sandifer placed in her own category.
According to the TEA website... Sandifer doesn't have a counselor certification, but has a certification for teaching the hearing impaired.
Holder says Monica Mize has worked as a counselor at Lindale Primary School for two years... but on the TEA website no certification for counseling is listed.
Though Holder says Mize has been recommened for a Probationary Certificate by a university... TEA officials say if it was approved it would be online.
"but if they've been approved for a probationary contract, it would be listed on the website."
Like Teri Nipp... she too is a counselor for Lindale High... but is also in question.
Nipp *is* listed on the TEA website with a working valid certification until August 2011.
TEA says since September first of this year the website is updated daily... because they say it's the only way for officials to check the certification status of candidates.
"the version of the certificate that's created online is considered a representation of their certificate and is considered to be the official record."
*****The requirements to obtain a counseling certification in the state of Texas can be found at: http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.viewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=19&pt=7&ch=239&sch=A&rl=Y
*****Update: At the time this story aired... the Texas Education Agency website didn't have Lindale Primary School counselor Monica Mize listed under a probationary period for counselor certification.
That information has since been updated... Mize has had a probationary certification since September of this year and it is valid until September of next year.
Jessica Wilson/ KETKnbc.com