CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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August 31,2011Hon. Dennis M. WalcottChancellor
York City Public SchoolsDepartment
Education52 Chambers Street, Room 314
10007Re: Mona Lisa TelloSCI Case #2011-2867Dear Chancellor Walcott:An investigation conducted by this office has substantiated that Mona Lisa Tello,a teacher assigned to The High School
Graphic Communication Arts in Manhattan,submitted a false document, purportedly issued by a court, to excuse absences from herDepartment
Education ("DOE") position.
This investigation began
June 2011, when Principal Jerod Resnick contactedthe office
the Special Commissioner
Investigation ("SCI") and lodged a complaintagainst Tello. Resnick forwarded a letter, dated May
2011, purporting to emanatefrom the Superior Court
Jersey, Hudson Vicinage, relating
dates Tello was toappear from September 14, 2010 through May 31, 2011. Principal Resnick had adiscussion with Raquel Sanchez
the Hudson County Superior
and shared theletter with her. Sanchez noted the numerous errors in the document -such as the use
"trail" for trial, "sited" for cited, and "manger" for manager -which
submitted to theschool by Tello on June
Sanchez also infonned Resnick that the address on theletter was wrong, the telephone and fax numbers were fake, and the
code was fake.SCI investigators met with Principal Resnick who provided a copy
thegenuine letter, dated June
which the Superior Court
New Jersey, HudsonVicinage, sent to Tello. Resnick had obtained that document from Sanchez. The letteradvised Tello that her request to have jury service deferred had been approved and hernew appearance date was September 14,2011.
was not reassigned as a result
Secretary Bonnie Thomas.
Tello also attempted
the subject line refers to "trail"