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55 HEARINGS December 2018 Professionally Speaking April 20, 2018. He was represented by legal counsel. During a CAS investigation, a student advised that she had disclosed to Quaglia that she was being abused by her father. Before the investigation, Quaglia knew of the alleged physical abuse and tried to mediate the situation with the student's parents. However, he did not report it to the CAS. On May 11, 2015, in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Member pleaded guilty and was convicted of failing to report a child in need of protection, pursuant to Section 72 of the Child and Family Services Act. The Member was ordered to pay a $250 fine. The Discipline Committee panel ordered that he appear before it to receive a reprimand. He was also directed to complete, at his own expense, a course on profes- sional boundaries, including instruction on the duty to report to the CAS. In its written decision, the panel stated that, "Members of the teaching profession have a legal and ethical duty to report to the CAS when they have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is in need of or may need protection." The panel also outlined several key elements relating to the duty to report as set out in the College's professional advisor y Duty to Report. MEMBER: Robert Alexander St Louis REGISTRATION NO: 185567 DECISION: Revocation, reprimand A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Robert Alexander St Louis, a former teacher employed by the District School Board of Niagara, for engaging in a sexual relationship with a female student over a period of a year and a half. Neither St Louis nor his legal counsel attended the hearing on April 18, 2017. Certified to teach in August 1988, St Louis engaged in a pattern of escalating sexual activity with the student, beginning with kissing and holding hands, to oral sex, and eventually intercourse and anal sex. Sexual encounters took place at school and at his home. He also convinced her that she needed to go along with a "cover story" that she was romantically involved with his son. St Louis did so in order to continue his sexual relationship with her. This ruse was psychologically abusive to her as she was told to deceive peers and teachers at the school, and her parents. The Discipline Committee panel found him guilty of professional misconduct and directed the Registrar to revoke his Certificate of Qualification and Registration. The panel also directed that he receive a reprimand. In its written decision, the panel stated that St Louis's conduct "eroded the public's trust and confidence in the teaching profession. The Committee was struck by the Member's total lack of personal and professional judgment, as well as his disregard for clearly articulated boundaries on relationships between teachers and students." MEMBER: Nicholas Stephen Stodola, OCT REGISTRATION NO: 490284 DECISION: Reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel repri- manded Nicholas Stephen Stodola, a teacher employed by the Toronto District School Board, for aggressive behaviour toward students. This matter was heard by the panel on April 25, 2018. Stodola, who was certified to teach in June 2005, attended the hearing with his legal counsel. Stodola yelled at a student in a threatening manner and grabbed students by their clothes. The Discipline Committee panel found him guilty of professional misconduct and directed him to appear before it to receive a reprimand. It also ordered him to successfully complete, at his own expense, a course in classroom management. He must do so within 120 days of the panel's order. In its written decision, the panel stated, "It is unacceptable for teachers to behave in a rough or aggressive manner with students." Copies of the full decisions are available at oct-oeeo.ca/decisions. MEMBER: Rachel Atim Vandenberg REGISTRATION NO: 201074 DECISION: Suspension, reprimand, conditions A Discipline Committee panel suspended the certificate of Rachel Atim Vandenberg, a teacher employed by the Waterloo Region District School Board, for her pattern of unprofessional behaviour toward students, parents and colleagues. Vandenberg repeatedly used a harsh or raised tone of voice, causing some of her students to feel belittled in front of their peers, and frightened, intimidated and anxious about attending class. She also made condescending, rude and sarcastic comments to colleagues, the school's principal and parents, demonstrating a lack of respect that reflects poorly on the teaching profession as a whole. This matter was heard by the panel on February 21, 2018. Vandenberg, who was certified to teach in June 1996, did not attend the hearing and did not have legal representation. The Discipline Committee panel found her guilty of professional misconduct and ordered that her teaching certificate be suspended for one month. She was directed to appear before it to receive a reprimand. She needs to do so within 120 days of the order's date. The panel also ordered her to successfully complete, at her own expense, two courses on classroom management and sensitivity training. She needs to do so prior to starting or returning to teaching or any position requiring a teaching certificate. In its written decision, the panel stated, "The Member's pattern of unprofessional behaviour towards students, parents, colleagues, including a custodian, a school secretary and her principal, demon- strated a significant lack of awareness and an unwillingness to accept responsibility for her misconduct and its impact on others." PS

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