Under a Different Name, HISD Trustee's Daughter Talks About "Bully" Principal

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Screen grab from Facebook.com
Houston ISD trustee Manuel Rodriguez told us yesterday he wasn't going to take a public position on the much-debated-question in recent months of whether the principal at Patterson Elementary is any good or not.

"It's not a board member position to handle administrative or personnel positions," he said taking the high road in response to our question about principal Jeannie Castano.

But in the past few months a lot of teachers, parents and concerned citizens have registered as public speakers to address trustees at their board meetings about Patterson. On February 13 a woman named Esmeralda Sanchez was among them.

Except that isn't her real name. She's actually Angelina Rodriguez, Manuel Rodriguez's daughter.

And even though her father was sitting right there at the trustee table as the video shows, neither he nor his daughter corrected the mistake when Angelina came to the speaker's mike after board president Juliet Stipeche called out "Esmeralda Sanchez."

Which also begs the question: Why did Angelina Rodriguez answer to another name, clearly spoken by attorney Stipeche?

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Screen grab from houstonisd.org

"I don't know how that mix-up happened, but she signed up I believe as Angelina so I don't know about the other name," the trustee told us yesterday after confirming that "Esmeralda" was in fact his daughter, Angelina.

But a check of the officials speakers' list for that meeting does not contain Angelina Rodriguez's name or any variation of it. It does include Esmeralda Sanchez's.

And perhaps no one else on the board recognized the true identity of the speaker, but some audience members did including one person who contacted us and said she was shocked to see Angelina Rodriguez - who she'd known for years - up there under a different name.

Although she did not want her name revealed, the person who contacted us wrote: "For an elected official to watch upon his own daughter provide false information at an official board meeting speaks volumes about his honesty."

During her speech to the board, "Esmeralda" said she had a goddaughter at Patterson and that the principal was a bully.

"I want to speak on behalf of my goddaughter who goes to Patterson and let you know that the principal there has a 97 percent bully rating from her staff and is on a growth plan, and as far as I've seen there's been no growth," she is seen saying on the HISD video at about 5:30 in Part 2 of the public speaking portion.

The same sentiments are reflected almost exactly in a post Angelina Rodriguez had on her public Facebook page:

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Asked if the record ever got cleared up about Esmeralda Sanchez/Angelina Rodriguez, Manuel Rodriguez said "I don't know."

There is a rule about board members not engaging with members of the public who are allowed to make their comments and then return to their seats. Perhaps in this case, Manuel Rodriguez could have made an exception?




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texas.teacher2005
texas.teacher2005

Why not focus on the ISSUE???

Ms. Jeannie Castaño is a BULLY...and that is the problem. She is very ugly with teachers and parents. She has no patience with children, parents, and teachers that cannot see her point of views.  Some of us are scared to speak up because she will make our lives miserable by catching every single mistake we make (new teachers) and threatening to put us on a growth plan. If she likes you, then you dont have to worry one bit because you can get away with anything. How dare us inquire about the privileges her "favorites" receive.  (she has few friends here at Patterson).  The school wears a MASK and portrays something that is not true. Behind doors Ms. Castaño is extremely mean and temperamental. She has even yelled at teachers in her office and then pretends nothing occurred. Of course we don't expect for Jeannie to apologize.  It's not fair for us to have to live with fear at our jobs.

It's odd but true how her friend GLORIA R. VASQUEZ (GALENA PARK ISD; CIMARRON ELEM & WOODLAND ACRES ELEM) has very similar ratings as Jeannie Castaño....these two ladies are friends!

We need principals that will care and support the teachers.

BigPapa
BigPapa

This suspicious activity definitely sounds like a cover up. What a bunch of losers!

These guys should not be allowed to do any decision-making for ANYONE!

The best part is this Angelina person even commented about this article! Can you say "insert foot in mouth?" Hahaha!

What a gene pool. I pray for their offspring.

Iris Ciel
Iris Ciel

I believe the "Huh? What?" remark was in regard to your piss poor grammar, Angelina. The hilarity ensues because the crooked politician's spawn continues with her bullying rant to deflect the truth. You and your father will always be perceived as liars from this point forward. Despite whatever your claims no one will EVER believe you. So go back to the rock from which you crawled from. Fact is Angelina, you're a LIAR. Kudos to Downing for exposing these scumbags.

sentelo
sentelo

Some of Houston ISD schools are having serious problems because of kids that behave badly most of the time. One of these schools is Sugar Grove Academy at  8405 BONHOMME, HOUSTON, TX 77074. Teachers often have to put students out of the classrooms because of behavior issues. The school used to have 3 police officers and currently only has one officer who is practically powerless. The administrators are not enforcing discipline. The behavior situation is horrible. 

Lucy_78
Lucy_78

Now why would someone have to use an alias to speak. Maybe because they are crooked and hiding something. Nice cover up. Your family must be low life's. 

Great story Downing!!!!! 

Angelina Rodriguez
Angelina Rodriguez

Exactly. She spoke to one source, called my dad, had time to get pictures and quotes from my fb page but never once did she try to contact me to get the story straight. She did however fail to cover the story as to why we were even at the board meeting. Lies may make good headlines, but the fact of the matter is that there are still plenty of people vying for a better principal at Patterson.

HoustonDiva
HoustonDiva

FYI @angel_rodriguez84 how about you quit bullying that principal and Margaret Downing.

Focus on your writing skills, hun.

Or run for trustee. Sounds like you're qualified.

Lol!

Angelina Rodriguez
Angelina Rodriguez

Had you only asked, this story of yours or lack thereof would have been cleared up. Nice checking ALL the facts Margaret Downing.

angel_rodriguez84
angel_rodriguez84

Had you only asked this story of yours or lack there of would have been cleared up. Nice checking ALL the facts.

Carmelaschular
Carmelaschular

Don't they know about the Streisand effect? Don't they know that people are capable of identifying others?

wcvemail
wcvemail

There is no lie in the headline. You used a phony name to register to speak, and your father pretended not to recognize you. Anything else you say adds to that double lie.

Not incidentally, "vying for" means "competing for", not what you think it means, which is apparently "wishing for." You just keep putting that foot in there, and we'll keep helping you chew it, sweetie.

HoustonDiva
HoustonDiva

What you need to clear up is your dignity! Crooked politicians are HILARIOUS!! (And obviously delusional.)

HoustonDiva
HoustonDiva

Ha! I doubt they can even spell it!!

HoustonDiva
HoustonDiva

Oh my! Her sentence structure worries me. Did she even graduate! Haaaaahahaha!

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