December 8, 2016
JACKSON, Miss. — The Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development (Commission) voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend the license of a Greenville teacher for 12 years following charges of violating the Mississippi Educator Code of Ethics for physically mistreating a student.
Linda Winters Johnson will not be able to teach in Mississippi for 12 years. At the end of that time, she can petition the Commission for reinstatement of her license. Mississippi law currently does not allow for permanent revocation of a teaching license.
Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education, said she is pleased with the Commission’s decision.
“I thank the Commission for its hard work and thoughtful consideration of this case. Commission members recognized the serious nature of this matter as evidenced by the decision. As educators, parents entrust the care of their children to us, and it is reprehensible for a teacher to violate that trust,” she said.
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
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Jean Cook, APR