A well liked high school guidance counselor’s past as a lingerie model has come back to haunt her after she was fired over photos that were taken 17 years ago.
37 year old Tiffany Webb, was a respected educator in New York City public schools for 12 years before she lost her job last December.
A principal at Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers in Manhattan recommended she be fired after a student showed her photos of Ms Webb that he had found online.
Ms Webb admitted that she posed for lingerie photos when she worked as a model between ages 18 and 20.
However, Ms Webb said, she put that life behind her years before she ever became an educator, she told the New York Post.
“I am a dedicated professional and enjoyed being a guidance counselor,” she said. “I did my job well, and my students and parents thought very highly of me. I would love to return to (New York City schools) and resume the career I have chosen to help and guide students.”
She’s suing the New York Department of Education for wrongful termination, sex discrimination and violation of First Amendment rights. She wants her $84,000-a-year job back, back pay and punitive damages.
Ms Webb says despite her efforts to have to racy pictures of her removed, they keep popping up on sites.
The images are often heavily photoshopped and sometimes her head is pasted onto another body, she told the Post.
When she was hired, Ms Webb said she disclosed her past to the Department of Education.
According to the panel that fired her, “The inappropriate photos were accessible to impressionable adolescents. That behavior has a potentially adverse influence on her ability to counsel students and be regarded as a role model.”
Her firing came just before she was slated to gain tenure.