1446 12th Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412237.761215 -122.469214
Neighborhoods: Central West, Inner Sunset
Not good with timid kids – My son was signed up for Patricia Kennelly's Beginning Irish Dance summer class through a local Rec Center taught by Patricia Kennelly. Our one class experience was a disaster. The teacher was late, she made the parents leave the room and closed the door to the class which really freaked out my son (who just turned 6). He refused to stay in the room and do the class. The teacher made almost no attempt to make him feel comfortable. My son indicated to me that if I were to stay in the room during the class he would go in and give it a try, but he wanted to watch first. I said fine, and opened the door to go back in. The teacher shot me the most rude, irritated look I have ever received. I told her my son wanted to give it a try but I was going to remain in the room and he wanted to watch first. She did a big sigh and rolled her eyes (really!) to the ceiling. She started the class and I very quietly spoke to my son - telling him to watch the other kids and to let me know if he wanted to join in. "I AM TRYING TO TEACH A CLASS HERE - YOU CAN'T TALK" (words to that effect) suddenly boomed out at us. My son and I both jumped and I looked at this "teacher" in amazement. This is a woman qualified to teach 6 year-olds???? I don't think so. Given that there were about 10 little kids in the room I couldn't speak to her as I would have liked. My son and I left and I called the Rec Center when we got home to relate my experience. I know nothing about Patricia Kennelly's actual dance school but I wouldn't recommend her personally to anyone as an instructor for younger children. I was hoping this would be a new, fun, experience for my son and give him to opportunity to be introduced to another culture's music. The only thing he took away from the short-lived experience was the following: when his father came home from work and told our son that he was sorry at how the class had turned out our son said only "the teacher was mean". That about sums it up.
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