B.C. teacher punished after sharing inappropriate personal details with students

Nicole Monique Vieira has agreed to take a course on respecting professional boundaries

An independent school teacher in B.C. has agreed to take a course on professional boundaries after she sent “very inappropriate and personal” information about herself to students.

A recently B.C. Teachers Regulation Branch report says Nicole Monique Vieira was hired to teach math to Grade 9, 10 and 11 students in September 2014.

Vieira began displaying signs of favouritism, referring to five students as her “Favourite Five,” which made other students feel less welcome.

She was found braiding a student’s hair during a flex-block, and continued to do so while she answered other students’ questions and helped them with their schoolwork.

Vieira consistently contacted her favourite students on social media, the report says, breaching acceptable boundaries set out by the school.

She shared “very inappropriate and personal” details about herself with the students, calling them “girlll,” “sweetheart,” “love” and “sweetie.”

The school’s math department told Vieira she was being too friendly and acting more like a “buddy” than their teacher.

Despite the warning, Vieira continued.

She was eventually fired, and told her students about it on social media, promising to stay friends and that she would meet up with them at a comic book convention.

She agreed to stop contacting her students the next day, but remained in touch though texts, emails, social media and group chat websites.

Vieira has since agreed to take a Justice Institute course on respecting professional boundaries, in accordance with disciplinary measures issued by the branch’s commissioner.

She must complete the course by April, 1, 2018, or be at risk of losing her teaching licence.


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RCMP hunt for suspect in West Kelowna bank robbery

Suspect used a note and fled bank Saturday with an undisclosed amount of cash

Community Leader Awards: Shelley Pacholok

The Kelowna Capital News honours those who give back in the community

International Arts Festival returns to Kelowna

Living Things is a month-long festival with live performances by artists from around the world

Legion bell prank hits sour note

Anger erupts after Summerland Legion member removes bell from Peachland Legion

Kelowna Art Gallery members’ exhibition offers variety of media

Encounters will be held from Dec. 2 to Feb. 3

Vehicle with dog inside stolen from Oliver gas station

A black Honda CRV was stolen from the Oliver Chevron early Sunday morning

Team Canada loses 5-2 over the Czech Republic at World Junior A Challenge

Vees’ Tychonick drops in one of Team Canada West’s pair of goals

Site C decision coming Monday

Premier John Horgan to announce fate of dam project at B.C. legislature

PIGS bring Pink Floyd sound to Kelowna

Victoria band pays tribute to iconic British band on Feb. 10 at Mary Irwin Theatre

Letter: Another flagger dies; when will you slow down?

You have all seen our signs, trucks and my favorite our cones. Why don’t you slow down?

Kelowna-developed technology to be unveiled at Summerhill

Kelowna winery and tech company introduces new technology for phone or tablet

California couple name daughter after Revelstoke

Revy Elle Atashroo was born on Nov. 27. Her name honours the town her parents loved exploring.

Most Read