Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces the Arraignments of Two Former Teachers Charged with Forging Teaching Certificates
In order to teach in Massachusetts an individual must obtain a teaching license by passing the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL), hold a Bachelor's degree, and complete an approved educator preparatory program. Each license issued in Massachusetts has a unique number.
According to authorities, Martin was initially hired by Attleboro Public Schools as a math teacher and volleyball coach in September 1975. Martin held subsequent positions in the school system including summer school instructor, workshop leader, director of Attleboro summer school program, middle school principal, and high school principal. In November 2006, Martin ascended to the position of Director of Teaching and Learning Excellence.
In July 2008, in compliance with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), a record check was performed on Martin's teacher's license information. According to authorities, an investigation on the license number provided in Martin's file did not match her personal information and was assigned to a teacher in another state. In February 2009, Martin resigned from her position. Authorities allege that Martin worked under false pretenses holding various positions in the Attleboro School District from September 1975 to February 2009 and had not obtained a certified Massachusetts teaching license.
According to authorities, Teixeira applied for employment with the New Bedford Public Schools in March 2003, as a substitute teacher, which does not require a teaching certificate. Authorities allege that Teixeira subsequently accepted a full time position teaching English at New Bedford High School, a position that did require a teaching certificate. According to authorities, Teixeira provided the Human Resources Office at New Bedford High School with a copy of a forged teaching certificate in July 2003.
In the summer of 2007, in compliance with DESE, a record check was performed on Teixeira's teacher's license information. According to authorities, an investigation on the license number provided in Teixeira's file did not match her personal information and was assigned to another teacher in the Commonwealth. Teixeira tendered a letter of resignation in August 2007. Authorities allege that Teixeira worked under false pretenses holding various positions for New Bedford Public Schools from August 2003 to August 2007 and had not obtained a certified Massachusetts teaching license.
A Bristol County Grand Jury returned indictments against Martin and Teixeira on January 8, 2010. Today, Martin and Teixeira were arraigned separately in Bristol Superior Court at which time each entered individual pleas of not guilty and were released on personal recognizance. Martin and Teixeira are due back in court on March 30, 2010, for a pre-trial conference. Bristol Superior Court Judge Robert Cosgrove presided over the arraignment.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Adreani for Attorney General Martha Coakley's Corruption and Fraud Division, with assistance from Paul Stewart, Director of Financial Investigations, financial investigator Jennifer Chaves, and the DESE.