A Piece Full World

"Ten Steps to Some Sanity" for Bullied Educators
Bullied By Your Principal? Start Here.
An Abuse Full World: Kim's Personal Story
Kim's Blog
David Lawrence Jr.
Apologies to Dr. Seuss
A District's Bullying and Harassment Policy.....
A School District's Workplace Violence Policy
Kemp Mill ES
NEA Articles About Bullied Educators
The "Bully" Movie
Services/Contact Kim
Helpful Links

 "There is no perspective when it comes to abuse. 

There is only abuse."-K.W.



"Public education is being mobbed and bullied."
--Kim Werner

Click here for your state's model "Bullying and Harassment" policy!

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A Piece Full World's goal is to end bullying in our schools.  When employees are safe from workplace bullying and children are safe from school bullying, we transform our schools into places of honor, courage and character. Ultimately, we transform our world. One school at a time, we put together the pieces of....

A Piece Full World.

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"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."

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School Board Rule: Code of Ethics states: All members of the School Board of (School District's name), regardless of their position, collective bargaining status or role, because of their dual roles as public servants and educators are to be bound by the Code of Ethics..to create an environment of honesty and integrity...the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all..strive for professional growth and seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity...to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.

Click here for U.R.A.J.E.R.K: A humorous play starring Mr. Bully Boss and Captain Effective Leader.

Musings from a tree house...

I read books by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  I meditate in my tree house.  I garden.  Sing. When I exercise, I focus on being in “the zone”.  I, in general, work hard at being peaceful.  

That’s why I’m not successful.  I’m working at it.  Not being it.

Mr. Kabat-Zinn, at a recent conference, spoke of moments of consciousness--the “ping, ping, ping” of those moments and the stringing of them together through practice.  “Ping! Ping! Ping!” for me, means: “Forgive! Forgive!  Forgive!”

I’ve had lots of professional “ping” opportunities.  I’ve provided some as well, though not as many, I think, as I’ve been given.

Here are some of my professional moments:

“Ping!” Forgive the brute who targeted me for bullying!

Done. Check.  Moved on to help other targets. That one took me awhile.  But, now, when I think of him, my forgiving heart just aches at the pain he lives—his own most probably, and the pain of those working for him.

“Ping! Ping!” Forgive his sycophants! Forgive, too, the school district leaders who know all about him and protect him!

Check.  Done. Understood the fear.  Fear of losing jobs. Fear of being exposed. Again: loosening moments. Letting go.  Mr. Kabat-Zinn, I think, would understand.


“Ping. Ping. Ping. Ping. Ping. Ping. Ping….” Forgive Pam Stewart.  Forgive Marva Johnson.  Forgive John Padgett.  Gary Chartrand. Rebecca Lipsey. Michael Olenick.  Forgive Andy Tuck. Ah, but it feels impossible for me to forgive these seven people. How is it that they are the boogie men of my nightmares?

They are Florida’s board of education.

I rarely sleep through a night without a “what if?” question bubbling up in a dream and awakening me…. “What if she doesn’t get a diploma?  What if after all of her hard work—thirteen years of schooling—she doesn’t get to go to college? What if she, like more than 150,000 people in Florida, receives a certificate instead of a diploma?  

What if she just gives up? What if my eleventh grader just says “Mom, I’m not going to pass it, so what’s the point?” after her third try at THE TEST?

Oh, dear God, what if she never, ever, passes their—my seven boogie men’s—test?

“Wherever You Go, There You Are” is the title of one of Mr. Kabat-Zinn’s books. I’ve practiced its “letting go” content wherever I go. I practice in a tree house and standing at a stove, a washing machine, and a bathroom sink. I drive with the book’s content in my mind and heart.  I use the “ping, ping, ping” of moments of strung-together-peace to ease me through Miami’s traffic on my way to and from work each day.  I face the day’s challenges with a forgiving spirit.

But wherever I go—Miami’s traffic, my office, kitchen or laundry room-- I’m there with a high school diploma.  I earned it long before board of education test and punish boogie men could keep it from me.

I find that it is not for me—at least on this issue—possible to forgive.  Fear will continue to float like a fishing pole’s bobber on the still waters of my mind. I cannot forgive the boogie men who’ve put the pole in my hands.

Just, for God’s sake, give my daughter a diploma.


Teacher w/pre-school students
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"Be ashamed to die before you have won some battle for humanity."

Horace Mann




 School Board Rule:Responsibilities and Duties states: All persons employed by the School Board of (School District's name) are representatives of the (School District's name). As such they are expected to conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system. Unseemly conduct in the workplace is expressly prohibited.

"Real progress requires pushing and shoving and urging and cajoling and coaxing – and then pushing some more (courteously when you can, not so mannerly if the former doesn’t work)."  
--David Lawrence Jr., The Children's Movement