By Rick Neale
On Oct. 2, a half-hour before her musical theater class began, Covenant Christian School teacher Monica Toro Lisciandro said administrators unexpectedly called her into a meeting.
Somebody had apparently called the private Christian school and leveled allegations against her.
Lisciandro said the assistant principal told her the school received word that Lisciandro was in a relationship with a woman, she had attended a pride festival, and she hosted an LGBTQ group in her studio.
Her response? “Well, it’s true.”
Lisciandro, who is gay, says she was forced out of her part-time teaching job because of her sexual orientation. Last week, Head of School Lorne Wenzel wrote an email to musical theater parents:
“I am sorry to say that for personal reasons, Mrs. Lisciandro is not able to continue teaching our musical theater class. We are aggressively pursuing another teacher to finish the class and (direct) our play, and I will keep you posted,” Wenzel wrote.
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