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As the youngest one here, I want to take a moment of respect for your opinions and service. I want to apologize as well; my intention was not to offend or spark an argument or confrontation. But the fact of the matter is that you are all outsiders, from the perspective of Berkmar and of the previous school year, and I don't expect you to understand or believe me. I just hope that someone, an insider, a student, a teacher, faculty member, an administrator, from Berkmar, will step forward to spread the truth from an objective point of view about what happened during the 2012-2013 school year under the leadership of Dr. Zinn. Whether it be unbelievable, or a stark contrast to his years as assistant principal or educator, it will be the truth.
@gwinnettresident1: I respect that, I honestly do. But you do know what Berkmar High School I am talking about, the one of the 21st century, where we have a nationally-recognized AP program, student population representation from almost every country on this planet, and the ethnicities and religions to match. You have never worked with Dr. Zinn, never worked with him, and that picture up there is probably the first time you've seen him. So, please don't try to defend it. Because it offends those that he negatively affected. He was not the victim, very much so the villain. The Berkmar of 1967 is LONG gone, I can assure you of that. In fact, since your time, old fella, GCPS have actually integrated! Get that! Yeah, so my point is, you still don't know what your talking about.
@gwinnettresident1: With all due respect, I cannot tell you how completely wrong you are. As a recent graduate of the school, I had first- and second-hand experience working under Mr. Johnson and Dr. ZInn, and Dr. Zinn was not the right principal for Berkmar. From his lack of proper interpersonal skills to poor leadership to complete disregard for the opinions, advice, and guidance (including, might I add, that of Ms. Jane Stegall, who attempted, obviously unsuccessfully, to mentor Dr. Zinn), Dr. Zinn stood as a giant in size and personality, who used intimidation and a "my-way-or-the-highway" attitude to demand change. Berkmar is not perfect, and there is tremendous room to grow. But the fact of the matter is, Mr. Johnson attempted to put it back on the straight road, not Dr. Zinn. If anything, Dr. Zinn wanted to build a whole new road, with a statue of himself right in the middle. 60 teachers AND COUNTING left Berkmar, scared off by the climate and culture Dr. Zinn built...60 great, successful teachers from every aspect of Berkmar. And there were overwhelming submissions and complaints to the Human Resource Departments. Not because he wanted to change (I know he wanted a better, stronger, more successful Berkmar), but because he was going about it in a completely dictatorial fashion, with little regard for people. I have a whole list of people, teachers, students, and administrators who know I am speaking from facts, and who will gladly testify. So before you comment on a story such as this, I advise you to get your facts straight, and not just respond with what you THINK you know. Especially since you've probably never stepped foot on Berkmar's campus. Unless, dare I say, you, yourself, are the infamous Dr. Michael Zinn. Good day gwinnettresident1.
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