Stefan Serie is not the first schoolteacher to lose a job because of a media appearance.
In 2008, Marie Jarry, a second-grade teacher in Connecticut, was forced to resign after she took a sick day from school to appear in a bikini on the “Howard Stern Show” for the “Ugliest Dude, Hottest Wife” contest.
Jarry sued the Southington, Conn., Board of Education, the Southington Education Association, the teachers’ union, and the Connecticut Education Association, the state union. Jarry claimed breach of fair representation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent misrepresentation and intentional misrepresentation, among other charges, according to filings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Jarry’s claims were dismissed in July and September of 2010.