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Teachers from the Alle-Kiski Valley who have been disciplined

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Teachers from the Alle-Kiski Valley who had actions taken against their teaching certifications between 2011 and 2014:

Jeremy T. Dawson

• Age: 35

• School: Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center

• Position: Teacher, industrial arts and education; welding

• Action date: July 25, 2013

• Action taken: Revoked

• Details: Dawson allegedly provided alcohol to an 18-year-old student on multiple occasions. He also allowed the student to operate his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and misrepresented the circumstances of a crash to police by not clarifying that he, and not the student, was driving when the vehicle hit a fire hydrant.

• Employment status: School did not return call for comment.

Amy L. Mavrodis

• Age: 38

• School: South Butler School District

• Position: Teacher, English 7-12

• Action date: Dec. 6, 2012

• Action taken: Suspension

• Details: Allegations that Mavrodis inappropriately obtained and possessed a prescription medication. In a settlement, she agreed to the suspension of her professional educator certification and her eligibility to be employed in a charter or cyber charter school.

• Employment status: Resigned Feb. 25, 2011

JAson B. Nolan

• Age: 37

• School: South Butler School District

• Position: Teacher, social studies

• Action date: Aug. 21, 2013

• Action taken: Immediate suspension

• Details: Nolan was federally indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. He pleaded guilty in October 2013 and was sentenced in April to two years in prison for using a school laptop to download child pornography, communicate online with minors and send naked pictures of himself to an Ohio man he thought was a 12-year-old girl.

• Employment status: Resigned effective Feb. 1, 2013.

Joseph R. Peresie

• Age: 70

• School: Freeport Area School District

• Position: Teacher; accounting 7-12; business education; business English; business math; shorthand; typewriting; school program specialist

• Action date: July 19, 2011

• Action taken: Revocation

• Details: Peresie was convicted in October 2010 of unlawful contact with a minor.

• Employment status: Peresie retired in 1997, district spokesman Todd O'Shell said.

Nicholas Polcha

• Age: 30

• School: Highlands School District

• Position: Teacher, social studies 7-12

• Action date: Feb. 19, 2013

• Action taken: Surrendered certification in lieu of discipline

• Details: Allegations Polcha engaged in inappropriate personal relationship with a female student, which included sending the student numerous inappropriate text messages in an attempt to develop a romantic relationship.

• Employment status: Polcha resigned Feb. 22, 2013, according to district spokeswoman Misty Chybrzynski.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education; school districts; Trib Total Media research

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