Resa Woodward fired teacher appeals to get her job back after being outed on social media. Should one’s past inform society as to their moral character?
Resa Woodward a Dallas teacher who was fired for working as an adult actress over 16 years ago has told she was forced into sex slavery.
The claims come as the sixth grade teacher also known as Resa Williams fights to win back her job back after being sacked at the Young Women’s STEAM Academy at Balch Springs Middle school in November.
In an appeal letter to Education Commissioner Mike Morath of the Texas Education Agency, the 38-year-old teacher said a ‘controlling man’ whom she married at 19 forced her into ‘sex slavery’.
Tells the letter in part as cited by the Dallas Morning News: ‘Young, stupid and afraid, I complied to avoid his wrath,’
‘Only a woman who has been through such a horrifying experience could fully understand, but I’m asking you to understand and re-consider the terrible charges being brought against me, the victim of an abusive past.’
A web search for Robyn Foster, Woodward’s stage name, links her to 16 movies including compilations of previously recorded material released as recently as 2013. She’s listed as active in the industry from 2001 to 2004.
Woodward said she eventually escaped the abusive relationship, going on to become a teacher. She worked in North Carolina and Florida before coming to Texas and earning her master’s degree.
She started working at the STEAM academy in 2014, earning the praise of colleagues and students alike.
In her appeal letter, Woodward pointed out she earned the highest rating offered by the Dallas Independent School District and that she was also recently nominated for District Teacher of the Year as well as Campus Teacher of the Year for 2016-17.
While the teacher had managed to walk away from her past, matters came to the fore after the staunch Libertarian advocate stoked the recriminations of a tipster who phoned the school last spring, informing them of their employee’s involvement in the adult entertainment industry.
An internal review cleared Woodward of any policy violations and school officials told her she’d be able to continue teaching as long as she was able to keep her background quiet.
But Roodward’s work with Libertarian party of Texas would lead to her outing — a man put off by Woodward’s comments on police in a Facebook post last fall retaliated by detailing her background in a social media post of his own.
Woodward said being able to teach has fulfilled a lifelong dream and that she relished the opportunity to change the lives of her young students.
‘Please tell me this is not the end,’ she wrote in her appeal. ‘Do not penalize me for a dark saga in my youth that was not of my making.’
The agency continues to review Woodward’s case. An ethics code requires Texas teachers to have good moral character.
Woodward’s attorney, Calvin Johnson, told WFAA-TV that she should be commended for bouncing back from adversity.
Reiterated the fired teacher: ‘I want my girls to know that no matter what they do, they might make some poor life choices, but there’s a way to come out of it’.
Adding: ‘The message the district is sending to me is you can’t get past your past. You’re going to be punished for it over and over,’
‘There’s no way to rise, and that’s not OK.’
A decision is expected soon.