VANCOUVER - A Coquitlam, B.C., high school math teacher who placed watermarks telling his students “no one likes you” on a practice package — and started class by telling his students “don't piss me off” — has been disciplined by the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch.
According to the branch, Kevin Alan Startin, a teacher at Charles Best Secondary School, had taught Grade 11 self-paced math classes and was known to have “singled out students” by commenting on their progress and failures in coursework.
He once led students on political and ethical discussions on the “cost-effectiveness of government decision-making,” which wasn’t part of the standard math curriculum.
Twice he made inappropriate references about ethnic backgrounds.
The teacher was disciplined in a decision published by the branch earlier this month. He had previously been given a 1.5-day suspension by the Coquitlam School District.