A New Hanover teacher has been charged with DWI, reckless driving and is also now being investigated for possible inappropriate relationships with two male students.
Meredith Kokoski, age 33, was charged by Wilmington Police with DWI and Reckless Driving on Friday, October 6, 2017.
Kokoski allegedly crashed into several parked cars with her vehicle, causing damage to one of the cars that has been estimated at around $5,000. No one was injured in the crash.
Kokoski has been an English Teacher, Laney High School in New Hanover county since 2006. Kokoski was a New Hanover teacher of the year in 2014.
According to WECT, allegations of inappropriate relationships surfaced after the DWI arrest was initially reported.
Following her arrest, WECT received information from a former student detailing alleged misconduct between Kokoski and some students. WECT inquired with the school system, who reached out to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation.
NHCS Superintendent Tim Markley suspended Kokoski Wednesday morning pending a “personnel investigation.” The school system was not at liberty to provide additional information due to the state’s personnel law. Prior to Wednesday’s decision, Kokoski was on voluntary leave with pay.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the investigation Wednesday, but since the allegations made have not been corroborated by law enforcement officials, WECT will not be publishing the details of the alleged misconduct.
Two former Laney High School students have been contacted by the NHCSO for questioning, according to Lt. Jerry Brewer.
WECT also reported that a co-worker, Laura Bullard, had emailed them regarding the character of the New Hanover teacher:
“What you don’t know about Meredith Kokoski is that regardless of any misjudgment; which we all have at one time or another in our lives, she is a beloved teacher, mother and friend to all. What you don’t know is that she spends her free time supporting programs for individuals with special needs.
“What you don’t know is that she encourages love and acceptance through many outreach projects with students in what can be a very challenging time in adolescents’ lives. What you don’t know is that she challenges every student and teacher through word and deed to find and be the positive force for others. If you wish to spotlight her negatives, you’ll likely find just this one…perhaps you should reconsider ruining her life with your salacious grab for an ugly headline. You clearly don’t know Meredith Kokoski.”
New Hanover School officials say that Kokoski is currently still employed, but is currently suspended pending a personnel investigation.
Meredith Kokoski is the 44th North Carolina teacher arrest being tracked by American Lens since the start of 2017.
New Hanover County officials stated that Kokoski resigned November 7th.