July 10, 2008

Teacher Gives Up License to State

The Capital-Journal

Melissa Fast, a former Perry-Lecompton High School mathematics teacher and volleyball coach, has voluntarily surrendered her teaching license.

Kansas State Board of Education members accepted the surrender at their meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Fast was found guilty in February of violating a protective order that prohibited her from talking to a former student, a misdemeanor conviction.

Fast, 34, had been hired to teach high school math in Topeka Unified School District 501 beginning in August 2007, but district officials fired her once they learned of the Perry case. Before her post in Perry, Fast taught one year at Seaman High School.

The Professional Practices Commission, which makes recommendations to the state board, said any conviction involving a minor is grounds for losing a license and Fast's conviction for violating a protective order was "just cause" for pulling her license.

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