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Twenty years ago I was a teacher in another community and made a huge mistake that resulted in a felony and the loss of my teaching license. Since then, other members of that community have believed it is possible that there may have been other victims. This is not true.
It is certainly my fault, however, that they could believe such a thing. It was a betrayal of trust, and I am now seeing how the ripples of my offense affected the Anita community, which has led to even deeper remorse on my part.
More recently, there have been a lot of accusations, speculation and questions. I could spend hours, days answering inquiries like these, but they would never end.
All the questions that have been posed are good questions. But they are not new questions. They were all asked and answered 20 years ago. There were more than 25 different state officials along the way (judge, evaluators, psychologists, polygraph coordinators, probation officers, committees, etc.) whose professions were to acquire accurate information and provide fair consequence.
The incident from my past is one that I am ashamed of and regret immensely. I continue to work hard not to let it define who I am.
To be an example to my children, I chose to put myself back into roles that might utilize my talents while helping our community. In fact, nearly all of the time, my children have been with me when I volunteered.
The truth is, though, I also missed my previous life. I intended to be a teacher and coach for the rest of my life. Instead, I have a job that does not provide much fulfillment. Being able to volunteer at a field trip or speak to a class offered a small piece of a previous life.
It is apparent, however, that my involvement has caused some strong mixed feelings and harmed the Mid-Prairie school system. This was never my intention, so my family and I have decided it would be best for me to withdraw my volunteer status in the Mid-Prairie schools permanently so that no more time need be spent on my account.
If there are appropriate ways that I may work alongside other parents and adults without students present, I will be happy to do so.
I will miss being directly involved with my sons’ educations, but I hope this will help Mid-Prairie and allow members of the Anita community to feel their concerns were heard and their efforts were worthwhile.
My family and I love this area, and we will continue to serve our community however we can.