Paul Roberts: "Teacher of the Year" Fired for Inappropriate Texts to Students

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A Stafford middle school teacher has been suspended and jailed for inappropriate texts and online messages to students.

Paul Roberts, a math teacher who had been named a Teacher of the Year in the Stafford school district, is accused of sending inappropriate electronic communications to at least two students.

The messages were sent using "text messaging and social media," according to a letter sent to parents from the district.

"After a thorough investigation it has been determined that the teacher did engage in inappropriate conduct as outlined by district policy," superintendent Lance Hindt wrote. "Appropriate district action has been taken towards the teacher and he has been relieved of duty. There have been unsubstantiated reports that this inappropriate conduct may have involved additional students, however, I want to assure you that we will continue to investigate these reports."

Roberts's profile page, which for now is still up, says he is a graduate of Grambling.

"Students must begin to reflect on past learning and anticipate new learning experiences that will prepare them for the next level of their educational careers and to become productive citizens," he wrote of his expectations for his students. "It is my goal to help facilitate those learning experiences and to make them meaningful, rigorous, and enjoyable."

He told them to "be prepared for rigorous learning opportunities EVERYDAY!"

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