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Worst Teachers of 2009

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These bad teachers made history this year.

Worst Teachers of the Year 2009

Sylvia Tagle

This special needs teacher allegedly spiked her own soda with hot sauce to "teach [an autistic student] a lesson." She says the boy grabbed the soda from her desk when she was with other students.

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Kylene Nelson

The 42-year-old Florida teacher reportedly forced students to dance with her before being removed from class. Nelson later ran from campus and passed out at a nearby recreation center. Authorities say her blood-alcohol level was more than three times the level at which Florida law considers a person impaired.

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Martin Bartels

Martin Bartels, 53, is accused of leaving sexually suggestive notes in the lockers of two female students at Buffalo Community Middle School. School officials confronted him in his classroom while he was writing up a third letter.

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Christine A. McCallum

A married 29-year-old teacher in Boston was so "obsessed" with a teen boy that she had sex with him on his kitchen floor, in the shower, and in the living room -- and it all began when he was 13 years old, prosecutors said.

The alleged victim, now 16, said they had sex a total of 300 times -- "possibly every other day," according to a police report.

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Paul Rosenblum

A fourth-grade teacher in Falmouth, Maine, has apologized for playing the groom in a mock wedding to a student. He says he agreed to participate after the girl proposed and his class at the Plummer-Motz School cajoled him.

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Alini Brito and Cindy Mauro

Two female romance language instructors at James Madison High School were allegedly found naked together in a classroom by a janitor while students were watching a talent show in the auditorium.

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Randolph Forde

Georgia teacher Randolph Forde was arrested after being accused of asking a student at Mundy's Mill High School whether or not he was gay, threatening to hit the student, and later offering another student money to kill the boy.

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Unidentified Teacher Cut Child's Hair

A Milwaukee teacher is charged with disorderly conduct after punishing a first-grader by cutting her hair. The apparently frustrated teacher cut one of the girl's braids off after she wouldn't stop playing with it in class.

The teacher has since apologized for acting out of "frustration" and was also issued a $175 fine for disorderly conduct by the local police department. The district attorney, however, has declined to press charges against the teacher.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Cheryl December 30, 2009, 5:20 AM

Baffling how the teacher who played make believe is on the same list as teachers who molested/assaulted children. God bless the teachers out there who are doing their jobs well and teaching our children. You are appreciated.

chantel December 30, 2009, 9:59 PM

the guy played groom, he didnt rape her. he is not a bad teacher, we need more like him in all the schools.

Gregory March 13, 2010, 8:24 AM

If everyone had to work with the kind of students we have going to American schools, you’d see a lot more stories like this. Our teachers are simply not equipped to deal with the types of behaviors students display.

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