Idaho teachers convicted of crimes offered a second chance

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Idaho education officials say teachers convicted of crimes can sometimes redeem themselves and make it back into the classroom.

Superintendents of Idaho Falls' two school districts say they have staff members in their districts who had their teaching certificates taken away due to professional or legal problems.

Former Blackfoot High School Spanish teacher Adrien Coronado pleaded guilty in 2000 to five counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and served his full sentence of 46 months in federal prison.

He spent a decade turning his life around through volunteering, getting a master's degree in education, and in 2007 was reinstated as a certified teacher.

He's now teaching at Emerson High School in Idaho Falls where officials say he's getting exemplary performance reviews.

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