GPS Superintendent Says She is *Passionate* – Others Say *Unprofessional*

Here it is, December 2016, and we can pretty much repeat a post from the year before: GPS Superintendent Christina Kishimoto gets mad, starts crying and loses control of herself at a public event. Seriously, all it takes is someone criticizing the lack of information Christina Kishimoto made available to the public and to the Gilbert Public Schools governing board before a big, expensive project is launched and BAM! her tears flow, her nose gets blown and somehow, we’re supposed to accept this as professional, adult behavior … in public. Sheeeeeesh. 

Can you imagine a CEO level employee throwing a hissy fit when the board of directors says they need more information before signing off on the CEO’s latest pet project? That’s what happened at the GPS work study session on December 6, 2016, as shown in the video clip below.  (If you don’t see the video, use this link:

Hissy fit” is used to describe an adult tantrum, but now has become an equal opportunity description, young or old, male or female. What the descriptions have in common is no matter how severe the (alleged) offense, there is always some wounded pride involved, and there is usually an audience of bystanders along with the culprit who allegedly triggered the hissy fit. In this instance, a board member’s questions triggered Kishimoto’s hissy fit, and the Internet preserved it for the world (or at least for Westie’s audience; thank you for your time and attention!).

At issue: Christina Kishimoto wants the GPS governing board to approve a massive financial outlay for a dual language school design at Gilbert Elementary School … an initiative she strong-armed to destroy the neighborhood school in order to institute a *reform* the community does not want. Christina Kishimoto’s first response is a lot of double-speak and edu-speak about *processes* in an effort to confuse the board and the audience. When that doesn’t work, she falls back on tears … *You made me cry! You’re so mean!*

Also present in her tantrum are Christina Kishimoto’s insults to the community: “The people who talked to the governing board and to me aren’t in the Gilbert Elementary School community!” Never mind that what happens in one GPS school affects every school in the district; everyone knows that. Community members are particularly upset that Christina Kishimoto’s pet school design will force students to schools outside their neighborhoods if they do not enroll in those dual language classes. People who bought houses specifically so their children could walk to the neighborhood elementary school are livid and tearful. The situation is dire for families whose children will be forced to attend different schools.

Christina Kishimoto’s public tirade was outrageous by any standard of professionalism; we’re guessing she believes GPS doesn’t have any standards that apply to her. Au contraire! Let’s start with GPS Policy CBA, Performance Responsibilities. This policy provides in detail that the superintendent’s role requires that she “Earns respect and standing among professional colleagues … Maintains poise and emotional stability in the full range of professional activities … Gains respect and support of the community on the conduct of the operation.” Do you see any of those qualities present in superintendent Christina Kishimoto’s sniveling, sniffling and crying in the video above?

This wasn’t Christina Kishimoto’s only hissy fit in recent weeks. On November 2, 2016, she represented Gilbert Public Schools at an event with a focus on teachers and what self-selected *leading executives* can do to attract and retain the best in the field. At that meeting, the audience reported they were treated to more of Kishimoto’s “It’s all about me!” histrionics as she segued into talking about how hard it is for superintendent-level folks in today’s educational environment. Once again, Christina Kishimoto seemed to be unable to use the right words, greatly diminishing her professional standing in the community.

Some of Christina Kishimoto’s reported comments at that event included her condemnation of *back slapping* that she believes is prevalent in school district castles offices. Ah, Chica, we think that word does not mean what you think it means. It’s elementary:

Back slapping is something people do in a friendly manner. Back biting might have been the word you meant to use: attacking the character or reputation, generally when the person who is being discussed is not present. Yes, that’s pretty much par for the course in Gilbert Public Schools, and much of it is aimed at you as a *leader* who is not worthy of the title, the so-called prestige and (of course) the big, fat unearned salary that you get. Maybe the word you sought was back stabbing, which would implicate the inhabitants of the GPS White Castle, who discredit you in countless ways. They know you’re a carpetbagger and a grifter, and they’re not about to tell you about relevant district history; it’s much more fun to watch as you get yourself into pickles that they, as informed persons, know to avoid.

For instance, plenty of people could have told Christina Kishimoto about the troubled history in the past few years of the dual language program at Gilbert Elementary School. Perhaps they could have shared that former Gilbert Public Schools interim superintendent Jack Keegan took corrective action after the school year started in August 2013 due to the low enrollment in the program compared to the neighborhood school classes.

After Christina Kishimoto threw her hissy fit and made assertions that were never true, members of the community circulated Superintendent Keegan’s board brief obtained through public records requests on that very issue. We helpfully uploaded the entire memo at the link above, but we offer the Cliff’s Notes version for convenience:

Jack Keegan closed down the dual language kindergarten class in August 2013 because it had only 15 students. First grade had 18 students, second and fifth grades had 15 students each. The third and fourth grade classes had only 11 students each. At the same time, the two regular first grade classes had 28 and 30 students, respectively.* “There is no rationale for that kind of disparity in our class sizes.” If the dual language program did not grow with district advertising assistance, Keegan said, “We are going to reexamine the viability of the program.”

This wasn’t the first time Christina Kishimoto reported facts to the board as she wished them to be, rather than the reality of the situation:

The Christina Corollary: *Suck it, citizens and taxpayers!*  … Christina Kishimoto gets away with making things up as she goes along.BS  The Terrible Trio laughs in the faces of the public and the two board members who don’t sit up and beg when they’re told to do so. Run along, nothing to see here… except there’s plenty more for Westie to share.

Big Fat Asterisk: We’re not certain that the GPS superintendent chica knows the difference between the words *respectively* and *respectfully.* Sigh.

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