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Title Houston Voice, No. 817, June 21, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date June 21, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 009
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Nuber, the first and only female health teacher at the school has been employed by Pearland Independent School District for six years. Last year the team made it to the state district 5A playoffs. The team was invited to the Astrodome after their championship win and Nuber was honored to throw out the gameball. The joy of that victory has now turned sour, even though as she told the crying girls from the team when they heard of her dismissal, "They can never take away what we did Ihis year." Filing a grievance to be reinstated, Nuber claims that she was unfairly evaluated by Athletic Director Van Nelson and has suffered both sexual discrimination and bias due to her perceived sexual orientation. Nelson has expressed anti-gay sentiments a number of times according to witnesses allegedly stating, "We don't want that lifestyle in Pearland. We want positive role models for our kids." Susan Lenamon, PISD communications director said in an interview with Channel 2 News, "That would not matter to the district. Sexual orientation is a private matter.'" She also reports that the district has not faced any legal action due to sexual discrimination to her knowledge and that this is the first such charge against Nelson in his 3 years with the district. The distribution of a book called "Enough is Enough" by a Baptist Church in Pearland is also cited as being responsible for instigation of this episode. One chapter is titled "Out of the Closet and into the Classroom." The testimony of witnesses will be crucial io Nuber winning her case, and it is feared lhal many will not come forward wilh support due to a possible "witch hunt," especially by other teachers who fear loss of their jobs. Nuber. herself named All American Outfielder in 1985 and 1986 while playing for Stephen F. Austin, said that her evaluations over the years by Nelson were very critical, with what seemed to be nit-picking and many things she felt unfairly criticized for. "When I would receive a review 1 would feel really low, really doubt myself... but I tried to use it as an opportunity to learn from my mistakes... ways to do it better. Sure I make mistakes but I try to improve. I love what I do and really love working with the kids." A number of parents also have been critical of her, but she says most of the parents and her team have stood by her. "I've worked hard to build the program. The team is a dynamic group of kids and I feel privileged to have worked with them. I also try to make sure that I've taught them more than softball," Nuber expresses. Asked to elaborate she says, "Well, if they make an error in some way I tell them to go a little slower, examine the way it was made in the first place, and think of how it can be corrected—don't make another error by acting in haste. Like if you say something in anger that you don't really mean, then don't make it worse by not going back and apologizing." Another example she offered was, "If you are doing weight training and you end up with a weight that is more than you can handle, go back and use something a little lighter. Just like in life, sometimes we take on more than we can handle and we have to know when something becomes a burden and find ways to lighten our load." Ken Oswwald, whose daughter was on the team said that the championship could not be credited to Nuber's coaching, "the team would have won with or without her." Denise Lee, a softball player who has played on a championship winning team said "There is absolutely no way the team could have won without their coach. No matter how talented the individual players, they could not have been a winning team without a winning coach." She continued, "a successful coach does more than choose the line-up and call the plays. She has to have the ability to instill the inspiration to win, as this coach obviously did." After hearing of Nuber's success in her first year of teaching, working with special education students in a poverty stricken area in the Texas valley, one wonders what better role model Nuber could be. One little boy who at the age of nine could not yet read, also lacked verbal skills so he could barely talk intelligibly and rarely said anything. He had been abused and neglected most of his life. Nuber took efforts to give him special attention. One day she asked the class "If you could have one wish come true, what would it be?" Nuher was quite surprised when he raised his hand in response. His answer was to say his dearest dream was to be able to read. After three weeks of working with him not only was he reading at a primary level, but actually could assist some of the other kids. One of the things Nuber has been criticized for was that she did not wear her uniform to the games. "There are no uniforms," she says. According to her. Nelson issued maroon coaching shirts (team colors are maroon & white) that were "men's style" and asked that it be worn wilh khaki or black "dockers" style pants. "The shirt was of thin material and I did not like the way it or the pants looked on me. I wore the same clothes I wore last year and there had not been a problem then." Coaches in other sports also did not follow Nelson's suggested "uniform" and did not get in trouble for it. The points of the grievance filed June 14, are that Nuber was unfairly evaluated and not renewed in her coaching duties for reasons which are: 1) discriminatory against her because she is female; 2) are retaliatory because she had complained to the district's executive director; 3) are retaliatory because she exercised her first amendment rights to speak out on issues of public concern (sexual discrimination); and 4) are a denial of her right to equal protection on the basis of her sexual orientation. Nuber retains her teaching position. Asked how she feels about staying there, especially if she does not win her grievance she says. "When I leave. I want it to be on my own terms. Even with my case settled, win or lose, there are things that need to be dealt with there." Assistance and support may be offered through contacting Attorney Darah Headley at 286-3346. Tell EVERYONE you saw it in th« ^HOUSTON VOICED
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