Suspension reduced from one year to 45 days for teacher who consumed alcohol at a school function.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1503074 , Decision Date: 2014-09-10 
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The Professional Standards Commission sought to suspend Petitioner’s teaching certificate for one year.  Petitioner, who was a chaperone at the school prom, consumed alcohol prior to arriving at the school prom and again at the bar in the hotel where the prom was being held after his shift as chaperone had ended.  The Commission’s proposed sanction was modified to a forty-five day suspension in light of evidence that Petitioner was candid about the incident, appeared generally remorseful, and continued to be an effective teacher.