New Policy Will Help Detect Fake Teachers

Jason Morris

Here is a great new concept, lets make sure our teachers are actually teachers?!? Lets also try to make sure they are who they say they are….Sorry to inject sarcasm on a Friday but come on!! Someone needs to get fired over this screw up!

SARASOTA COUNTY – The arrest of a Suncoast woman posing as a teacher is highlighting a new School District policy.

Susan Bell is out of jail now, after being arrested Tuesday on three felony charges.  She taught children at a Sarasota charter school for two months before her true idenity was revealed.  And now the School District has a new plan to make sure all school employees, past, present and future, are safe to be around your kids.

She claimed to be a teacher.  But using another Sarasota teacher’s certification to get a job finally caught up with her.

“Here, teachers usually send their resumes directly to us.  We screen them ourselves.  And once somebody is hired, they still have to go through the fingerprinting process and still have to go through the background check.”  Daniel Rey is the Executive Director of charter school, but was not the one who hired Bell last year.  “She was hired by the school and given directions to go get her fingerprints done at The Landings.  In the past, that situation kind of fell through the cracks because she never went and got her fingerprints done.”

And that’s something the Sarasota County School Board says won’t be happening again.  “Everyone has to have their teachers fingerprinted in the State of Florida,” says the school board’s Roy Sprinkle.
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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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