Popular Ballard teacher says he’s out of a job

You may remember Joseph Skillings, the popular Adams Elementary School teacher who was assaulted after coming to the defense of a woman who was being harrassed at a Capitol Hill bus stop. Skillings suffered a serious head injury, and after months of rehabilitation, he returned to work at Adams in a part-time role thanks to the support of Adams Principal Anne Johnson, co-workers and friends. But now the Seattle Times reports Skillings says the school district has dropped him from the payroll because they need a full-time teacher and can’t afford his half-time position. “I’m very emotional and upset,” Skillings said. “Everything is falling apart on me.” The former teacher of the year says he still hopes one day to return to teaching full-time.

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