School officials had no idea about teacher's controversial past

Tera Myers in May, 2006. She was known to students as Tericka Dye while teaching science at Reidland High School in Paducah.
Tera Myers in May, 2006. She was known to students as Tericka Dye while teaching science at Reidland High School in Paducah.

By The Associated Press & Heartland News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Officials at a suburban St. Louis school district say they had no idea that a teacher hired four years ago had previously appeared in adult films.

A Parkway School District spokeswoman said Wednesday the teacher's previous employer - the McCracken County School District in Paducah - had said nothing about the woman losing her teaching job there because of her work in the porn industry.

The Missouri district said in a statement earlier this week that the teacher divulged her past to her principal Friday. The district says it accepted her request to be placed on administrative leave for the rest of the school year.

Parkway has not fired the teacher, but officials reportedly say she will not return to the school.

St. Louis media reports have identified her as Parkway North High School science teacher Tera Myers, and her Missouri teaching certificate shows she previously lived in Kentucky. Her phone rang unanswered Wednesday.

Myers was known as Tericka Dye while working as a science teacher and volleyball coach at Reidland High School in Paducah.  She was suspended by the district for the remainder of the year in May, 2006, when students and school officials learned she'd made one or more adult films while living in California in the mid-1990's.

She said at the time it was "one of the worst decisions I've ever made."

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