James Van Pelt. Mrs. Hatcher’s Evaluation. (Asimovs, March 2012).

The unenviable task of evaluating teaching staff in order to reduce the staffing complement falls on the protagonist, a senior teacher. The head of the school fingers one teacher who resolutely refuses to follow the rules and regulations that the school board has laid down, but when he comes to observe her teaching methods, he finds them …. unorthodox.

A touch of the Miss Jean Brodie for the 21st Century. Fortunately for all concerned (and this is where a strong fantasy element comes in, as you just know that in the real world this teacher in question would be out of the door PDQ) the story has a happy resolution not necessitating the removal of any staff.

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