Former teacher facing discipline hearing
Nadia Charland accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a student while with Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-est de l’ontario
a former teacher with Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-est de l’ontario is facing disciplinary action following allegations she had a sexual and inappropriate relationship with a student.
the Nugget has learned the action against Nadia Charland concerns incidents alleged to have occurred from 2009-2011. It has been referred to the discipline committee of the ontario College of teachers.
a hearing date has yet to be set as the college is trying to contact Charland and her counsel, it said.
Charland is alleged to have engaged in a sexual relationship and an inappropriate personal relationship with a student from Nov. 1, 2009, to Nov. 1, 2011, according to documents obtained through the ontario College of teachers.
the notice of hearing doesn’t identify the student, school or what grade the student was in at the time of the alleged incident.
“the member was employed by the Conseil scolaire public du Nord-est de l’ontario as a teacher at ecole XXX in XXX. during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years, Student one was in grades XXX and XXX at the school and the member was his teacher,” the notice states
“during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years, Student one was attending a school in Conseil scolaire catholique de district des grandes rivieres system (which extends from haileybury to hearst) and he was under the age of 18 years.”
the notice alleges Charland is guilty of professional misconduct as defined in the ontario College of teachers act.
“She failed to maintain the standards of the profession, she abused a student psychologically or emotionally, she abused a student sexually and/or engaged in sexual abuse, she failed to comply with the education act, she committed acts that having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional and she engaged in conduct unbecoming a member.”
guylaine Scherer, a spokeswoman for Conseil scolaire public du Nord-est de l’ontario, refused comment.
the Nugget was unable to contact Charland.
Charland’s teaching licence has been suspended for non-payment of fees, according to her profile with the ontario College of teachers.
“She agreed not to teach in a public or private school in ontario, or to hold or seek to hold a position requiring that a certificate of qualification and registration be held, until the college deals with the complaint filed against her. as of the present time, no conclusion has been reached concerning the complaint against ms. Charland.”
olivia yu, senior communications officer with the ontario College of teachers, said there is no set time for the matter to be resolved.
“generally speaking, there are a number of reasons that can impact when a hearing is scheduled, includingthenatureofthecase,thenumber of witnesses and factors such as the availability of defence counsel, the defendant and witnesses, and panel members can determine how long it takes to schedule the length of a hearing,” she said.
“other reasons could include parallel legal or medical issues. When there is a parallel criminal investigation or Children’s aid Society investigation, the college will typically wait until these investigations are completed. unless we are able to proceed without compromise to the parallel investigation. Criminal convictions may become allegations of professional misconduct.”