Chloe Bressack is a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Canopy Oaks Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida. However, this new hire isn’t starting off on a good foot with some parents after a letter she sent home explains their children will be using gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom.
The letter was Bressack’s way to introduce herself and give a bit of background about her previous experience, but it quickly got down to business to explain that “About Mx. Bressack” doesn't include an embarassing typo:
“One thing that you should know about me is that I use gender-neutral terms. My prefix is Mx. (pronounced Mix). Additionally, my pronouns are ‘they, them, their’ instead of ‘he, his, she, hers.' I know it takes some practice for it to feel natural, but students catch on pretty quickly.”
But the teacher assured parents that she isn’t “going for perfection,” but just asking the kids to “make an effort.”
“My priority is for all of my students to be comfortable in my classroom and have a space where they can be themselves while learning,” the letter continues.
Bressack wouldn’t speak about the matter to the local paper, but stated in an e-mail that she feels “very lucky” to be at the school and is looking “forward to working with my students.”
As for Canopy Oaks Elementary, Principal Paul Lambert is all for making 9- and 10-year-olds ignore basic biology.
"We support her preference in how she's addressed, we certainly do," he said. "I think a lot of times it might be decided that there is an agenda there, because of her preference — I can tell you her only agenda is teaching math and science at the greatest level she can."
Lambert has fielded several complaint calls but insists it isn’t harming anyone.
"There has been some [calls, but] the thing that has brought good understanding is, it's not a preference that's being applied to anyone other than the teacher,” the principal insisted.
That’s not going to provide the comfort concerned parents are looking for because even though the children aren't being asked to confuse boys and girls, they are ALL being forced to call the teacher something that confuses science, biology, and the grammar they’re learning in other classes.
Below is the teacher’s letter. As you can see, she’s totally normal because, hey, she likes giraffes and Skittles: