Henry Edward Tyler was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after he embezzled more than $160,000 that was supposed to feed low-income students in a Wisconsin school.
All are currently teaching children in the Twin Cities.
They are among 14 teachers and a school social worker identified in a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation who are currently licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching despite having criminal pasts involving sexual misconduct, violence, drugs and theft. At least seven of those teachers are currently working in classrooms.
A state lawmaker and former teacher says she is outraged over those findings, adding that the board’s judgment was already in question after a 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation in September found the board has previously failed to report allegations of sexual misconduct involving teachers and students to law enforcement.
“Just when you think it can’t get any worse with the Board of Teaching, new information emerges,” Rep. Kelly Fenton, R-Woodbury, said. “This is outrageous.”
Samantha Kay Medcalf
Samantha Medcalf is licensed to teach math through June 2020 and is currently listed as a faculty member at Parnassus Preparatory School in Maple Grove.
In 2009, Medcalf was arrested after police found approximately 236 pounds of marijuana in her rental car, according to a Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report.
She pleaded guilty the following year to possession of drugs with intent to deliver and received a deferred judgment, according to board records.
Board documents show Medcalf had her court record expunged after she completed probation and paid a fine.
Medcalf failed to disclose the matter to the board until she tried to renew her license in June 2012.
The board initially refused to renew her teaching license, stating that “a teacher cannot serve as