Originally posted on Denver Post, June 10th, 2012. Copyright © Denverpost.com
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As principal at Beach Court Elementary School in northwest Denver, Roti learned other kids were making fun of the ratty, torn-up shoes Lori Sanchez's son wore to school, so he got the boy a new pair.
As the head of one of the state's most successful schools year after year, Roti guarded his privacy, despite being sought-after by colleagues seeking the alchemy of his achievement.
With Roti now disgraced, fired for allegedly changing students' answers on standardized tests, and facing potential criminal charges as well as the loss of his professional license, it is hard to reconcile the man Beach Court families say knew all his students by name — and encouraged them to throw pies in his face as a reward for top performance — with investigators' depiction of a man who sat alone in his office with an eraser and a pencil and secretly doctored the answers to hundreds of CSAP tests.
If the longtime principal hid a dark side, or at least a part of him sufficiently sepia-toned to drive him to fudge test scores, most who crossed the 46-year-old's path didn't see it.
"When I think about all the teachers I worked with all those years, he ranks right at the top for dedication and professionalism," said Richard Ayres, former principal at Sperreng Middle School outside St. Louis.
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