Invermere teacher fired in latest Teacher Branch rulings

Disciplined for sending inappropriate emails to a Grade 11 student

  • Feb. 18, 2016 6:00 a.m.

CANADIAN PRESS

A teacher in Invermere, B.C., will no longer be working in a public school after being disciplined for sending inappropriate emails to a Grade 11 student.

A decision by the Teacher Regulation Branch in January, but only posted online recently, shows Daphne Neal agrees to the permanent removal of her teaching certificate, although she was fired from her teaching job in 2013.

Neal admits to sending as many as 50 text messages to a student on a single day in December 2012, saying she was attracted to him but also admitting she could lose her job for sending the notes.

Neal denied sending the notes when questioned, only telling the school district she had texted the student to ask him to stop flirting with her.

Two other disciplinary notices posted recently by the branch include a five-day suspension for North Okanagan-Shuswap middle school teacher Karl Emde who violated safety policies in his shop class and used inappropriate language with students.

Vancouver teacher on call Elizabeth Martinson must complete a course on positive learning environments for several infractions, including allowing a Grade One student to leave her class and play outside, unsupervised.