Former Florida teacher loses license over massages from students

Posted at 9:37 PM, Nov 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-24 21:37:55-05

A former teacher in Florida’s Broward County who was accused of soliciting massages from students has lost her license to teach in the state.

Cheryl Grampa, 46, was barred by the state’s Education Practices Commission in an order this month, the Sun-Sentinel reported Friday.

She had taught at Cooper City Elementary.

School district investigators said that during the 2009-2010 school year, one boy touched her breasts and vaginal area and she failed to notify the school administration about the inappropriate conduct, according to the state’s complaint.

No criminal charges were filed, but the Broward School Board voted to suspend her for five days and ordered her to undergo classroom management training, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Two psychological evaluations later found her “unfit for duty as a classroom teacher” and she resigned last December, according to state records.

Grampa, who is listed as living in Bellaire, Texas, did not attend the state discussion of her case on Sept. 27 in Orlando, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, who was not in the district when the case was investigated, said he did not know why Grampa was not fired, but believed that revoking her license was appropriate.