When Amy Robertson was awarded the position of principal at Pittsburg High School, several student journalists at the school felt they needed to investigate her past. The students became particularly worried when they found several articles on the web that showed a link between Robertson and a school in Dubai that taught English. That school had its license suspended for unknown reasons, and Robertson had lived in Dubai for almost 20 years before she came back to the United States. Upon her return, she sought and received the position at PHS.
When students first found these red flags, they started to dig deeper. It turned out that Robertson had acquired both her Masters and Doctorate degrees from a school that essentially sells fake diplomas. The school in question, Corllins University, is not accredited by the Department of Education. When it became clear that Robertson hadn’t been honest about the legitimacy of her credentials, she resigned from her position as principal of the school. In doing so, she also gave up a yearly salary of $93,000.
Despite the obvious evidence that suggests otherwise, Robertson was defiant when questioned about the findings. She claimed that the school might not have the best status now, but that there was no issue when she received her degrees in 1994 and 2010. Even though she gave these heated responses to the accusations, she still resigned her position. It’s amazing that a group of students were able to uncover something that all the adults involved, including the school board, missed entirely.