Fifth Grade Teacher Accused Of Drinking In Classroom, Resigns

Students complained of alcohol on her breath

It's a good bet that teachers have days when they leave school, get home, and say, "I could really use a drink." Kids can be tough. But you know there's a problem when the teacher wants to down an adult beverage during class time.

That's allegedly what happened at the Kuentz Elementary school in Helotes, Texas on the northwest side of San Antonio. Fifth grade teacher Cynthia Flores-Rodriguez resigned after being placed on paid administration leave for allegedly drinking in class, reported KENS-TV.

As many as four students reportedly told the principal that Flores-Rodriguez's breath smelled of alcohol. In addition, a student reportedly took cell phone pictures of the teacher drinking during class.

Students said that they had seen her drinking beer during class on February 4, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Flores-Rodriguez reportedly called in sick the next day and was questioned on February 6, when she returned to school. The Northside Independent School District put her on administrative leave and began an investigation. But the teacher resigned on February 14 and the district ended the investigation, although not before notifying the Texas Education Agency's State Board for Educator Certification, which is the licensing body for teachers.

According to the Texas Tribune, state records listed her as a grade 2 teacher. Flores-Rodriguez was hired in 2008 and made a salary of $49,600 as of April 30, 2012.

At least some parents were reportedly surprised, although parents were supposed to have been notified, according to KENS-TV.

"It's sad if that's the actual case, its sad to hear that, but at the same time you're kind of glad the school district and the school is taking actions," said parent Valerie Alaniz.

A new teacher was scheduled to start today, according to WOAI-TV.

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i worked with a kindergarten teacher who would always send one of her students to bring her tea from the cafeteria and she would send me out to recess with the kids. i suspected that she would put some sort of alcoholic drink in her tea and drink it while we were out. i would always smell alcohol on her breath every morning. what did i get for reporting her? a tongue lashing from the principal because she did not believe it. so i am glad that people did speak up and in this incident somebody did something about it. i will never forget the humiiliation i felt when that principal spoke down to me. i just hope and pray that justice will prevail in the end. that happened back in the nineties and i still feel my face burning up

March 06 2014 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She's dealing with 5th graders all day, I'm happy it was only alcohol LOL, I bet there are some 8th grade teacher who are on crack

March 03 2014 at 8:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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