“Mocking my Efforts”

Posted October 28th, 2007 by Joe Kaiser

No student, before or since, frustrated me like Tina frustrated me.

Dear Rob,

Reviewed the discovery information and was interested to find the 471 pages of documentation from Tina (Dejulien) Johnson, a former (and disgruntled) student of mine.

I’m sure you found her by searching the web for anything you could use against me.

Isn’t that about right?

The other tina

After reading through the emails we’d exchanged, along with everything else she gave you, I’m wondering if anything about it seems the least bit strange to you.

It seems strange to me.

Tina, I’m sure, is a kind and generous person. I’ve been in her home and had dinner with her family a few times, and she’s top-notch in that department.

But she proved impossible to work with and I eventually had to make some difficult decisions about working with her. When she made that post about me, I decided it was impossible.

Still, I emailed her just a couple days ago and offered my assistance yet again. I suppose I feel a little sorry for her and hate to see anyone not succeed.

Today I’m not so sure it makes sense to get involved again.

I just don’t think I could handle it.

A week in Tacoma

The Tina I worked with acted and sounded a lot more like this Tina, and I was soon at a loss to understand how to deal with it.

It, whatever “it” is, wasn’t anything I’d been accustomed to and try as I might, I could not come to grips with it.

And had I known about it, I would not have accepted her as a student. No student, before or since, frustrated me like Tina frustrated me.

Pointless to continue

I really don’t want to get into a blow-by-blow response to the ugly post she made about me, but I imagine touching on an idea or two will help you appreciate the situation.

She mentions that at one point I “refused to work with me [her] at all.” And that’s true (one of the few things in her post that is).

The reason?

I’d simply had enough and decided it was pointless to continue.

But what Tina hasn’t said is that while I told her I could not work with her for the moment, I didn’t simply pull the plug. In fact, what I did say was that I’d be delighted to continue working with them through her husband, Jeff.

He and I got along great (he even spent a week+ working with us in Tacoma) and Jeff was an easy guy to work with.

Tina saying I refused to work with her is a half-truth at best.

her interpretation

She goes on to say that I began “criticizing my [her] lack of expertise” and “mocking my [her] efforts.”

I recall the incident and the emails we exchanged (there were a few such incidents so forgive me if I’ve got the wrong one). In any event, I don’t remember it that way at all (nor does much of anything in her post sound familiar).

For the sake of argument, I’ll agree that’s how she’s remembered our exchange, and that’s fine.

Also fine is me ending this post.

I’m done talking about Tina (at least for now) and will let you come to your own conclusion about how things turned out.

As for now, I wish only the very best for her.

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

3 Responses to: ““Mocking my Efforts””

  1. Loya responds:
    Posted: October 28th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    One student in how many? Sounds like a pretty good track record to me. Besides, no one can control how one person’s reality functions. When others look at what you did with this person, they may conclude you went over the top to help her. Hey, let’s look at the AAG’s—-they REALLY need a reality check, for sure!

  2. anemonehead responds:
    Posted: October 28th, 2007 at 8:31 pm


    I wonder how your record as a teacher would compare to someone like a ….Russ Whitney?

    That is complaints vs. number of students, success’ vs. number of students etc.

    Just an interesting thought, although there would probably no way to do such a comparison.

  3. anemonehead responds:
    Posted: October 28th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    I guess you could also compare ethical business practices too!

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