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Moonlighting Seminole High teacher asks for a hearing



Amie Dunn, the Pinellas teacher accused of working at her second job when she was supposed to be teaching in her classroom at Seminole High, has asked the district for an administrative hearing.

Her request postponed action this morning on superintendent Julie Janssen’s recommendation to fire her. Instead, the board agreed to suspend her without pay effective Aug. 17.

According to School Board records, Seminole High officials asked the district’s Office of Professional Standards to investigate after noticing that Dunn was frequently absent from work. OPS confirmed that Dunn also worked as an instructor at St. Petersburg College, where her duties required her to conduct intern observations in various Pinellas elementary schools.

The investigation further revealed that Dunn was visiting those elementary schools when she was supposed to be teaching. Janssen recommended that Dunn be fired for violating several School Board policies, including falsification or alteration of employment paperwork and misconduct in office.

As reported last week on the Gradebook, Dunn said in a meeting with her lawyer and an OPS official that she was having financial difficulties and was simply trying to earn enough money to pay her mortgage.

The post garnered quite a bit of interest from posters, including Dunn, who took the Gradebook to task for reporting from School Board records and not contacting her directly.

She wrote, in part:

“I have plenty of documentation that proves my side of the story, including the fact that I never received pay for time missed as I was diagnosed with Leukemia and had already missed all of my sick time due to medical appointments and treatments …  Mr. Lott over at OPS never told you that, did he? He happens to be best friends with the Principal over at Seminole High School and is forced to cover up all the illegal activity that has taken place since his placement as Principal.
“I have a legal right to share my side of the story and none of these so called ‘facts’ that are untrue and skewed from OPS’s warped sense of due process has continued to neglect giving my documents to the superintendent and go through the appropriate process.”

It looks like she’ll get her chance to tell her side when the hearing process commences. 

Donna Winchester, Pinellas Education Reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:31am]


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