On the plus side, at least she was registered and the kids were safe…oh wait. And if one lot of unsuitable teachers per day isn’t enough, how would you like this one with your kids?
A senior teacher has landed in trouble after accusing a junior colleague of having an affair with her husband during several “emotionally heightened” states.
The Teachers Council’s complaints assessment committee said the teacher, who has name suppression, threatened her colleague’s children and confronted her about the alleged affair in front of school kids.
The Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal heard the senior teacher’s psychological health declined after a near-death experience with a kidney disorder she was diagnosed with when travelling abroad.
The senior teacher, who had more than 30 years’ experience in the profession, was given cortico-steroids after being diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome.
The Tribunal said these drugs were linked to unpleasant side-effects including hair loss, mood swings, depression and even “psychosis”.
The teacher went back to work last March. In hindsight, she was still physically and psychologically unwell at this time, the Tribunal said.
In March last year, the senior teacher confronted her husband about “intimate” text messages between her husband and another person.
Disharmony soon followed, and the couple temporarily lived apart.
Soon, the senior teacher identified a friend and colleague as the other party in the intimate texts.
The complaints assessment committee said the senior teacher “genuinely and with cause” believed an affair was going on.
The situation escalated, with the senior teacher confronting her colleague several times in March, April and May. Read more »