Ex-Umatilla teacher has license revoked

Hermiston Herald | July 25, 2012 7:52 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 1, 2012 7:38 a.m.

Contributed By:

Jennifer Colton

A former Umatilla teacher has had her Oregon license revoked for engaging in sexual activity with “one or more students” and providing alcohol to underage students, according to a report released earlier this month.

Kristle Starr Vandever, 44, was an ESL teacher at McNary Heights Elementary. She resigned in May 2010 in the wake of a district investigation.

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission revoked her license effective July 10, 2012. Vandever did not request a hearing or challenge the TSPC’s report, also released this month.

In its “findings of fact,” the report outlines the charges as:

• Vandever engaged in a sexual relationship with a male student.

• Vandever provided alcohol to students.

• Vandever performed oral sex on one or more male students, in her vehicle.

• Sexual activity between Vandever and a student was video recorded with a cell phone and shown to other students

The report also says that on June 7, 2010, after her resignation from the district, Vandever sent an email from her school district account that said: “No jail for me and that is only because of luck … no witnesses coming forward. He said he was of legal age, but he lied. I just can’t help wanting these hot young boys … and they want me. Who am I to spoil a young man’s fantasy. Damn.”

The TSPC concluded Vandever’s conduct was a “gross neglect of duty” in numerous areas, including honoring appropriate adult boundaries with students and  avoiding sexual conduct with students.

Vandever is a 1985 graduate of Umatilla High School and has been licensed as a teacher in Oregon since Dec. 29, 1989. She worked her entire teaching career in Umatilla.

The Umatilla School District issued the following statement:

“This situation was handled in 2010, however, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission recently finalized their sanctions. Upon initial report, the District handled the situation immediately, investigated according to protocol, and reported to appropriate agencies. Mrs. Vandever cooperated fully in the district’s investigative process and resigned from employment with the district in 2010.”

Information from the district’s investigation was forwarded to the TSPC and the Umatilla Police Department in March 2010. UPD referred the case to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s office. No criminal charges were filed against Vandever.

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