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Secret likely to cost teacher job

A Wesley Chapel High School math teacher might lose her job after school district officials learned that she was charged with trying to obtain credit cards in her students' names while working last year at St. John's River Community College.

Lyn Yon of Palm Harbor didn't disclose the charges on her job application, and later lied about them when the charges came to light during a routine background check, said school superintendent John Long.

The School Board suspended Yon without pay Tuesday. Long said Yon probably will be fired unless she can prove to him an "amazing set of mitigating circumstances" related to the charges.

The district hired Yon in September and submitted her fingerprints to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As is typical in the state, Yon was allowed to start teaching while school officials awaited results of her background check.

On Oct. 1, the FDLE informed the school district that Yon was wanted for the fraudulent use of personal identification, a third-degree felony.

The district called deputies, who arrested Yon that day.

When confronted, Yon said the charges resulted from bad checks written in her name shortly after her car and checkbook were stolen last year, Long said.

Long said the initial FDLE report seemed to support Yon's explanation, and the district allowed to her continue teaching if she quickly resolved the issue. Three months later Yon told district officials that she had been assigned a probation officer and was doing community service.

District officials called Yon's probation officer, who told the district about the true nature of the charges. Yon was charged with trying to obtain credit cards over the Internet using the names of four of her students, and entered a pretrial intervention program. St. John's River Community College officials later confirmed that Yon had been allowed to resign if she never worked there again.

Long said Yon had not listed her work experience at the Clay County college on her resume or job application. Lying on a job application is grounds for termination, Long said.