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Community responds to possible termination for Cedar Rapids teacher

District officials said Ryan was informed of the recommendation for termination before it was brought to the school board. Ryan is now entitled to a private hearing with the board.

A Metro High School teacher in Cedar Rapids could lose her job after being accused of using inappropriate teaching methods in the classroom.

Cedar Rapids Superintendent Brad Buck recommended officially terminating Tammy Ryan's teaching contract in a statement during Monday night's school board meeting.

Some people in the community who know Ryan are now standing up in her defense.

"I knew I wasn't going to stand by and let my friends character be imputed by the Cedar Rapids Community School District," said Halane Cummings.

Cummings, who is a teacher in Center Point, knows Ryan since middle school. She is among several people now standing up for Ryan, since CRCSD first launched an internal investigation into her teaching methods.

"It was a blow, because education ha always been important to Tammy," said Cummings.

The district said Ryan was a teacher at Metro High School during the 2017-2018 school year. She is also a former teacher at George Washington High School.

The district said the internal investigation found there was "inappropriate used of an African-American baby doll" in her classroom.

"I was flabbergasted because that is not Tammy. Anyone who knows Tammy knows that this is probably the furthest from what had occurred."

Investigators also cited "unprofessional conduct" and that she was a "poor and ineffective role model."

In a release by the district, a spokesperson wrote, "The Cedar Rapids Community School District, at all times, seeks to foster a non-discriminatory environment consistent with board policy and state and federal law. One of the district's primary goals is to provide all learners with an academic environment in which they feel safe and valued."

School leaders would not comment any further on the investigation, but people in the community still say there are many unanswered questions as to what exactly happened in her classroom.

"I know I'm frustrated, and i know Tammy is frustrated, [as are] community members frustrated in that no information is forthcoming," said Cummings.

District officials said Ryan was informed of the recommendation for termination before it was brought to the school board. Ryan is now entitled to a private hearing with the board.

CBS2 news reached out to Ryan, but have not heard back from her yet.

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