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Suspended teacher could return to schools

A Port Alberni high school teacher who was suspended for questionable conduct in 2009 could be back teaching again.

The BC Teachers Regulation Branch publicly released a consent resolution agreement that it reached with James Ellery Goddard. The release was one of seven teacher disciplinary decisions released last month.

The background and facts contained in the decision cite a series of unusual alcohol-fuelled verbally abusive incidents which occurred between 2006-2010.

Among the incidents cited, Goddard allowed a troubled female student to live at his home. He also drank alcohol in the presence of students, allowed former students to drink in his home, and engaged in personal conversations with students via text, telephone and social media.

Between 2008-2010 Goddard made a series of angry, abusive and intoxicated phone calls to several school officials, even at one point involving one official’s spouse and daughter.

Goddard admitted to drinking heavily in 2007. He has since completed a residential treatment program for the issue. He has not taught since July 2009. School District 70 superintendent Cam Pinkerton confirmed that Goddard has not been off with pay.

Goddard won’t be allowed to return to teaching unless he provides a letter from an addictions specialist citing that he is alcohol free and fit to teach, and that he follow up every six to 12 months.

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