Teacher Fired Over Bikini Photo: Olivia Sprauer Loses Job in Florida

Friday, 10 May 2013 09:18 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Olivia Sprauer, a Florida high school teacher, said she lost her job last month after the principal saw one of her racy bikini modeling photos.

Sprauer, 26, who models under the name Victoria Valentine James, said she had planned to resign at the end of the year from her position as an English teacher at Martin County High School, but was asked to leave a month early after some of her pictures went public.

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"Lots of teachers get fired or asked to resign for the same things I did," Sprauer told the Huffington Post. "I knew I didn't want to come back next year and I knew I wanted to go to grad school so I decided if I made it to the end of the year I would be happy."

On April 29, Sprauer was called into Principal Alfred Fabrizio's office and shown a photo of herself modeling in a bikini. After confirming it was, in fact, her, Sprauer said she was asked for her resignation.

"I felt like it would have been nice for my students to finish out the year with me," she said. "They trusted me and they made me happy so that aspect of it was sad."

Teachers in Florida are held to a statewide ethics standard and a district-level code, but it neither mentions modeling or moonlighting. The state code of ethics includes this line from a district court ruling: "By virtue of their leadership capacity, teachers are traditionally held to a high moral standard in a community."

Sprauer said she knew when she started working at the school in 2011 that there was a chance of being fired if anyone found out about her modeling career. Still, she says she doesn’t see anything wrong with the photos.

"I don't make pornography," she said. "I don't open my legs on camera. I take swimsuit glamour style photography."

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