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Ex-porn star, loses teaching gig in St. Louis, after student discovers her X-rated past
NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 8th 2011 | Aliyah Shahid

Posted on 03/08/2011 1:30:21 PM PST by presidio9

A St. Louis high school student is getting an "A" from authorities after discovering a teacher's X-rated past.

Tera Myers, 38, was put on administrative leave at Parkway North High School this week after a student inquired about pornographic films Myers starred in during the 1990s.

The science teacher decided to leave the school "out of respect for her privacy and that of her family," Paul Tandy, spokesman for the school district told the Daily News. "She was concerned about the impact it would have in the building."

Officials didn't know about Myers' past, which included a suspension five years ago from a Paducah, Ky., school for her role in the adult films.

While in Kentucky, Myers taught under a different name, Tericka Dye.

In 2006, the former porn star spoke to several media outlets and even made an appearance on "Dr. Phil," arguing she deserved to get her job back and that she had made the biggest mistake of her life.

"Anybody who has been in my classroom could tell you how much I love teaching and how much I love these students, and that should be what matters more than anything in my past," she said in May 2006.

Myers, whose stage name is Rikki Andersin, said she made the movies when she was living in California, working as an exotic dancer to earn desperately needed cash.

Because Myers' role in the adult films wasn't illegal, her pornographic past didn't show up during a background check.

The teacher, who has been at the school for four years, will be paid through the end of the school year but will not be returning in the fall.

"We're surprised, very surprised," said Tandy. "At the same time we feel for her and her family. We do believe she has tried to move on with her life... Unfortunately, even though it happened 15 years ago, [the video] is still there."

ashahid@nydailynews.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: naughtyteacherslist; pornification
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Teacher Tera Myers decided to call it quits after students discovered her X-rated past.

1 posted on 03/08/2011 1:30:23 PM PST by presidio9
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Tera Myers, aka Rikki Andersin, a former pornstar in a scene from an adult film.

2 posted on 03/08/2011 1:31:56 PM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Are they sure it was a star in porn movies or horror flicks?


3 posted on 03/08/2011 1:33:27 PM PST by MrDem (Founder: Democrats for Cheney/Palin 2012)
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To: presidio9

I am sick of hearing about Charlie Sheen.


4 posted on 03/08/2011 1:34:13 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: presidio9

She could be a tenured prof at Northwestern !


5 posted on 03/08/2011 1:34:37 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: presidio9

An object lesson for our times that while liberals may preach to the libertines they secretly loathe them.


6 posted on 03/08/2011 1:35:00 PM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: presidio9

What did she do that was illegal?


7 posted on 03/08/2011 1:36:32 PM PST by Grunthor (hcg diet, down 25 lbs in 3 weeks)
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To: presidio9

I know it’s over done, but ... GUILTY!


8 posted on 03/08/2011 1:37:38 PM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: presidio9
She should have lured a five year old boy to her house and killed him.

There are people out there that can always find “forgiveness” and “reform” for those kinds of crimes.

Porno on the other hand is apparently unforgivable.

9 posted on 03/08/2011 1:38:24 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“...could be a tenured prof at Northwestern !”

Naw, to get tenure there one needs some serious all-the-way illegal stuff with extra points for Anti-American activities.


10 posted on 03/08/2011 1:38:52 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: presidio9

She probably has a good discrimination case to file... no?


11 posted on 03/08/2011 1:39:25 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: brownsfan

So current homosexuals can teach the kids, but ex-porn stars can’t. I fail to see the logic to this.


12 posted on 03/08/2011 1:39:48 PM PST by Lachisula
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To: presidio9

Well, at least she keeps her “activities” to actors in her films and not the students. That’s a plus for her...


13 posted on 03/08/2011 1:40:37 PM PST by richmwill
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To: Grunthor

Nothing illegal. And she is getting paid through the end of the school year. Obviously, she does not have tenure and won’t be extended. That’s all.


14 posted on 03/08/2011 1:41:24 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Beat me to it.


15 posted on 03/08/2011 1:43:00 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: Lachisula

even better, that homosexual can ADVOCATE minor sex with and within students but a reformed “performer” is the bad person!


16 posted on 03/08/2011 1:43:29 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: presidio9

Why is this story from 2011 if she admitted these things on Dr. Phil five years ago? I’m missing something.....


17 posted on 03/08/2011 1:43:58 PM PST by library user (Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you're lazy.)
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To: presidio9

There’s no reason to fire her merely because she sucked as an actress.


18 posted on 03/08/2011 1:44:58 PM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: presidio9
Okay, I’m looking at that picture and the still from when she was working, and I’m thinking the biggest problem was that the boys were going to keep saying “I thought they only hired hot women for porn flicks.”
19 posted on 03/08/2011 1:45:03 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What;'d I say?))
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To: andy58-in-nh

[golf clap]


20 posted on 03/08/2011 1:45:51 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What;'d I say?))
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To: andy58-in-nh

FUNNY!


21 posted on 03/08/2011 1:46:54 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: DTogo

“She probably has a good discrimination case to file... no?”

No. I don’t see any adverse impact or disparate treatment based on her gender, age, religion or ethnicity. Did I miss something?


22 posted on 03/08/2011 1:48:13 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

bravo


23 posted on 03/08/2011 1:48:50 PM PST by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: Grunthor
I agree. We don't know why she changed careers. It could have been a Christian conversion or just a desire to get into something with (ahem) less occupational risk.

With teachers boinking students and using them for political shields as in Wisconsin, I really don't think a discovery such as this should be a career ender, particularly if she enjoys teaching and was doing a good job.

While she would have to put up with a lot of teasing about this discovery, she could also use it as a teaching opportunity on how decisions, both good and bad, can alter your life and the lives of others.

24 posted on 03/08/2011 1:49:01 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: presidio9

Can’t blame her for not wanting to endure the slings and arrows from people who don’t respect those who have worked hard for a second chance.


25 posted on 03/08/2011 1:49:45 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Do you think she’ll take it lying down?


26 posted on 03/08/2011 1:50:05 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: presidio9

Spared no expense for location. Love on the rocks? Owwwww ...


27 posted on 03/08/2011 1:51:06 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: presidio9

She looks o.k. to me.

If what she did years ago was years ago and she changed her behavior and persoanlity and values - SO WHAT.

Remember what Christ said about the woman taken in adultury.

By the way, what were little B@#*&(#$@*(&*$ in her class doing LOOKING AT PRONOGRAPHY in the FIRST place???


28 posted on 03/08/2011 1:52:25 PM PST by ZULU (No nation which ever attempted to tolerate Islam, escaped total Islamization.)
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To: presidio9
Back in 1979 when I was in the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, someone discovered a picture of a woman lieutenant who worked in our office posing naked with her husband in a swingers magazine.

She was promptly discharged from the Marines.

29 posted on 03/08/2011 1:52:36 PM PST by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline, please contact the board administrator.)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Isn’t lifestyle in there somewhere, too? It’s all covered...haha.


30 posted on 03/08/2011 1:53:05 PM PST by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: presidio9

31 posted on 03/08/2011 1:53:50 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: GSWarrior

military is different from civilian life.

plus she is admitting this ws a dumb thing on her part.


32 posted on 03/08/2011 1:54:25 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Yep. Choices can have long lasting consequences. What this story shows is how easy it is to fire a non-tenured teacher. If only all administrators were willing to take action before the less effective teachers reached tenure.
33 posted on 03/08/2011 1:55:23 PM PST by Spudx7
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To: WOBBLY BOB
She could be a US Senator from Massachusetts!
34 posted on 03/08/2011 1:55:32 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: presidio9

Old sluts never die...


35 posted on 03/08/2011 1:57:18 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (Every knife in my back pushes me forward.)
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To: presidio9

I bet the students paid attention in class!...............


36 posted on 03/08/2011 1:57:32 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: presidio9

Better article...

A Parkway North High School science teacher who informed the school’s principal Friday that she had been involved in the adult-film industry before becoming a teacher has been placed on administrative leave, according to a district news release.

The teacher, Tera Myers, requested the leave after a student approached her about her past, according to the district. She will be paid through the end of the school year.

Parkway, which did not identify the teacher in its statement, said the teacher began working for the district in August 2007 after passing standard background and reference checks.

A spokesman for the district said today that since the teacher’s involvement in the porn industry did not break any laws, it wasn’t revealed in the background checks.

Myers, 38, was suspended in 2006 from a teaching job in Paducah, Ky., according to news reports.

Other teachers and parents stood by her after her past was revealed, but her contract was not renewed because the superintendent feared her past would be a distraction for students, according to KMOV (Channel 4).

The teacher went on to share her story on the Dr. Phil television show before being hired at Parkway.

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/article_6cc45f24-49ac-11e0-b19f-00127992bc8b.html


37 posted on 03/08/2011 1:58:07 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
No. I don’t see any adverse impact or disparate treatment based on her gender, age, religion or ethnicity. Did I miss something?

No discrimination, possibly wrongful termination. She's a public school employee dismissed for something that was not illegal and happened many years ago. She had no civil service protection?

38 posted on 03/08/2011 1:58:43 PM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Sexual orientation?.....................


39 posted on 03/08/2011 1:59:07 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: I cannot think of a name
"Porno on the other hand is apparently unforgivable. "

It's the school setting. Porn stars should not be school teachers. Even if she has changed, her legacy follows her. There are many things she can do where her legacy won't be an issue. Teaching kids is not one of them.

40 posted on 03/08/2011 2:00:19 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: andy58-in-nh
U so funny. lol!
41 posted on 03/08/2011 2:01:26 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: presidio9

Any word on what happened to the porn viewing student?


42 posted on 03/08/2011 2:02:17 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: GSWarrior

I was working at a dealership. Nice, new, everyone hae PC’s on their desk. I don’t know what he was looking at but one of the young salespeople all of a sudden screamed “OH MY GOD!!!” He was really agitated. DANG DANG DANG DANG he says (well not actually but you get the picture.) “I can’t believe it. Come look!”

There’re somethings you just shouldn’t share. Or, as the Old Preacher said “Son, I don’t think I’d ah tol that.” So, we all run over to his computor. You know those pop-ups you sometimes get? Adult Friendfinder or something. There’s his beautiful wife of 2 years. And, she looked even better with her clothes off.

It was very traumatic for him. But probably not as traumatic as the crap we gave him. He left the next day. Never did find out if they patched things up or not.


43 posted on 03/08/2011 2:04:42 PM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: presidio9
I'm somewhat sympathetic. If she had been doing well teaching for the last four years at the school, I wouldn't dismiss her just for something long ago in her past. How many of those teachers did illegal drugs in their youth but are teaching our children today?

I'm not excusing her past behavior, nor her changing identities after her dust-up in Kentucky to hide her past, but I'd be willing to let it slide if she was otherwise a good teacher.

44 posted on 03/08/2011 2:04:49 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: presidio9

Guilty.


45 posted on 03/08/2011 2:06:07 PM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: DannyTN

“Porn stars should not be school teachers.”

I feel the same way about homosexuals, anti-Americans, communists, and socialists.

And if you’re not banning them all, then I see no reason to single out one!


46 posted on 03/08/2011 2:10:50 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: I cannot think of a name

Rapist’s can be POTUS...but porn stars can’t be teachers.


47 posted on 03/08/2011 2:11:28 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: andy58-in-nh

Groan.....


48 posted on 03/08/2011 2:11:55 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: I cannot think of a name
I feel the same way about homosexuals, anti-Americans, communists, and socialists.

You just named half of the czars. Look up Kevin Jennings.

49 posted on 03/08/2011 2:14:02 PM PST by MattinNJ (Will a hero rise in 2012?)
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To: Grunthor

Apparently, lied on her application (hiding her past, including previous suspension).

The porn is just unseemly.


50 posted on 03/08/2011 2:17:46 PM PST by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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