Is Lambert next?

Patricia Lambert

After The Examiner first detailed the inconsistencies between BISD assistant super­intendent of secondary educa­tion Patricia Adams Collins Lambert’s actual educational pedigree and what is touted as her “Harvard-trained, highly-functional, extremely-gifted educator” background, the Beaumont Independent School District released the publicly available contents of Lam­bert’s personnel file pursuant to a Public Information Request. Despite claims of Harvard certification and an administration degree from Loyola produced by Beau­mont Independent School Dis­trict Communication Director Jessie Haynes in an official school district administration guide and a glowing presenta­tion by Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois (quoted above) in a public meeting of the BISD Board of Trustees, no evidence of such educational back­ground exists in the employee’s file.

What can be found in Lambert’s person­nel file, in lieu of the above-noted degrees, is a signed statement from Lambert declar­ing herself free from any felony conviction or guilty plea for crimes involving moral turpi­tude despite information read­ily available from the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office confirming Lambert pleaded guilty to multiple counts of extorting public funds just months prior to her assertion of no prior criminal convictions. Additional infor­mation gleaned from Lam­bert’s BISD personnel file also shows an attempt to distance the new employee from the name under which she received her New Orleans conviction – Patricia Collins. Then-superin­tendent Carrol Thomas pro­moted her to administration the first day Lambert was add­ed to BISD’s payroll although the governing board of trust­ees only approved the new hire as a rank-and-file elementary teacher the night before.

It has also been dis­covered that a vendor receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars paid for by BISD tax­payers was diverted to the account of the BISD official’s grown son. Additional money to pay Lambert’s son comes from the students Lam­bert is commissioned to assist on their journey through high school, with the administrator charging the students exorbi­tant fees for her son’s “print­ing” work.

While not the target of the recent FBI investigation, according to BISD superinten­dent Timothy Chargois, Lam­bert is named in multiple com­plaints being reviewed at length by the Texas Education Agency.