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Parents and Students Protest Teacher Firing in North Preston

By Richard Bell 

Students and parents in North Preston have been taking to the streets and the Internet to protest the unexpected firing of a beloved teacher at Nelson Whynder Elementary by the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB). The teacher, Joida Tynes-Simons, has been teaching in and around North Preston for more than 30 years. 

A group of parents has already conducted a small protest outside the offices of the School Board. On the Internet, one of Tynes-Simons’ former students, Kardeisha Provo, has produced a YouTube video testimonial from herself and other former students calling for their teacher’s reinstatement.  

Provo has been making a name for herself with her forthright YouTube videos about her life and her concerns. In her latest video, she and other students recall their time in Tynes-Simons’ class fondly.  In one of the more telling moments, one student who had Tynes-Simons in 5th and 6th grades says, with a wry smile, “When I was in elementary school, I was a handful….but she could get through to me the most.”  

HRSB has declined media requests for comment on the case. We were unable to reach Tynes-Simons before publication. Provo’s video, “Students Speak,” is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zu0BYVY8jo 

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