A SC teacher who had their license suspended was discovered to be actively teaching in North Carolina during an investigation by WSOCTV.
James Matthew Vlaardingbroek, age 34 of Fort Mill, South Carolina had his teaching license suspended by the South Carolina Board of Education. He cannot have his license in SC reinstated for at least three years.
According to the WSOCTV report, Vlaardingbroek was teaching at Albemarle Road elementary school in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district. Before his suspension, he was a teacher are Indian Land Elementary school in South Carolina.
According to the SC State Board of Education documentation, Vlaardingbroek was suspended due to “continued inappropriate physical contact with students.” This behavior had been documented starting in 2015 and Vlaardingbroek had received multiple warnings.
In September of 2016, Vlaardingbroek was placed on administrative leave from Indian Land elementary after allegations were made he had inappropriate contact with a female student. The incident allegedly involved Vlaardingbroek “flipping up” the skirt of a female student.
In addition, Vlaardingbroek admitted to photographing students without their knowledge, including students not in his own class.
Vlaardingbroek resigned shortly after the September incident and his teaching license was suspended in South Carolina on June 13, 2017. The North Carolina State Board of Education suspending Vlaardingbroek’s license as of November.
SC Teacher Taught in Durham
Vlaardingbroek apparently also lived in Durham, North Carolina at one point and prior to that, lived in Florida. A LinkedIn profile indicates he was once a teacher at University of Florida.
A Facebook profile for Vlaardingbroek shows that he was at one point a 4th grade teacher at “Easley Elementary” which is located in Durham. School officials in the Durham Public School system confirmed that James Matthew Vlaardingbroek was employed with the district at Easley Elementary School starting in August 2008 and ending in July 2014. According to school officials, he resigned in July 2014 due to “family relocation.”
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The WSOCTV report mentions that their anchor, Liz Foster, asked Charlotte-Mecklenburg (CMS) officials about whether potential employees are were required to disclose any previous investigations involving themselves at other school districts during the hiring process. A CMS spokesperson told WSOCTV, “We are checking on this.”
According to the NC State Board of Education the answer to that question is yes. There are two self-reporting questions asked when a teacher applies for licensure in North Carolina:
1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a minor traffic offense?
2. Have you ever had a license suspended or revoked in another state?
Court records show Vlaardingbroek has some minor speeding ticket and ticket for expired tags that date back to 2010.