Former AR teacher surrenders license

(Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Office)

LITTLE ROCK, AR  (KAIT) – A former teacher at Osceola High School and Paragould High School surrendered her Arkansas teaching license in late February after an investigation was opened into allegations of sexual misconduct with students, documents provided to Region 8 News stated.

According to the Arkansas Department of Education, Jaqueline Nichole Winberry surrendered her license and any right to apply for renewal. Winberry resigned from her teaching position in Osceola in January.

Winberry was charged with four counts of sexual assault and will appear in court again in October. She has not been convicted.

Chief Investigator Michael Smith with the Arkansas Professional Licensure Standards Board investigated claims that Winberry failed to maintain a professional relationship with her students.

An ethics complaint accuses Winberry, while employed in Osceola, of sending sexually explicit text messages to a male student, meeting a male student at a hotel, and engaging in other suggestive activities. Smith sent the letter addressing the accusations to Winberry's attorney less than a month before Winberry surrendered her license.

In July, 2013, Smith investigated claims that Winberry, who was employed at Paragould High School at the time, failed to maintain a professional relationship with her students by sitting on a male student's lap in the classroom with other students present. She was also accused of sending two students sexually suggestive text messages.

Paragould High School Superintendent Debbie Smith filed an allegation of violation form with the Arkansas Department of Education on June 6, 2013. Smith claimed Winberry violated the code of ethics.

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