After state education officials investigated him for inappropriate behavior with students, a former Dublin teacher has forfeited his teaching license. The state board of education is slated to accept the surrender of Thomas H. Mouat's state license on Monday, which would permanently revoke it.
After state education officials investigated him for inappropriate behavior with students, a former Dublin teacher has forfeited his teaching license.
The state board of education is slated to accept the surrender of Thomas H. Mouat’s state license on Monday, which would permanently revoke it.
Mouat, 40, taught social studies at Jerome High School until last year, when he quit after he was accused of mocking a student in front of a class.
Students reported last May that, during class, a student came to the door to turn in a paper. Mouat turned him away and, after closing the door, told the class that he hated the student and helped make sure he didn’t get into Ohio University.
Jerome officials had been monitoring Mouat since they suspended him in 2011 for inappropriate behavior as a volunteer girls’ basketball coach.
One girl reported that he would touch her on the bottom during drills. Others reported that Mouat would ask them to watch game film during free time in school and at lunch, and threaten to tell another coach if they said no.
Some girls said that he “continuously” used profanity, the district found. He admitted to using foul language, but in an apology letter to the district wrote that “unintentional contact happens in the course of heated practices.”
District officials suspended Mouat for two days and threatened to terminate him immediately if he was found guilty of any further misconduct.
Beyond that, state officials decided to suspend Mouat’s license for two years but withheld the punishment if he maintained good behavior and went through 12 hours of training on proper relationships between teachers and students.
But in June 2012, the district reported that students had accused Mouat of mocking a student. He attended a district investigative hearing and, a month later, submitted his resignation. He wrote only that he had valued his time in Dublin.
The most recent accusations never led to discipline from the state, but this summer Mouat voluntarily surrendered his teaching license.
He had been hired by the district in 2004, teaching at Scioto High School before moving to Jerome. He coached several sports teams in the district. During his final year at Jerome, Mouat earned a salary of $55,000.