Student alleges Lonestar College instructor taught the 'wrong' class for an entire semester

Lauren Firmin claims she was taught "General Chemistry" instead of "Intro to Chemistry."
By Evan Bleier  |  March 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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A Houston college student is claiming that she ended up with a poor grade in her "Intro to Chemistry” class because the instructor was actually teaching “General Chemistry.”

According to Lauren Firmin, Lonestar College-University Park teacher Thao Shirley Nguyen admitted to her students that she had actually taught them the “wrong” class.

“She told her mistake in class to all of the students,” Firmin told KHOU. “She was teaching general chemistry, another course, all semester.”

Firmin, a straight-A student, suspected that something was wrong because of how she was faring in the class. “I was getting 40s on every test,” Firmin said. “I studied as hard as I could, did everything in my power to try.”

Even though Nguyen turned her grade of F into a B, Firmin’s 4.0 GPA still went down the tubes. “4.0 students, we are really stressed out altogether, but this just added to it to see what I have been working for, for two years destroyed,” she said.

KHOU asked Nguyen about the allegations:

KHOU: “Did you tell the students you taught the wrong class?” Ngyuen: “No comment.” KHOU: “Because it’s the students who are wondering what’s going on.” Ngyuen: “No comment.” KHOU: “You can’t comment at all?” Ngyuen: “No.”

School officials maintain that students “were taught the right class” but did say that Lonestar will be taking another look at what allegedly happened.


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