Mequon-Thiensville middle school math specialist resigns amid allegations of inappropriate relationship with student

MEQUON -- A Mequon-Thiensville School District math specialist has resigned after district leaders learned she allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a student while teaching in Dallas, Texas in 2014 and 2015.

A letter sent home to parents of students at Lake Shore Middle School says district officials met with Jessica Krueger Tuesday morning, Jan. 23 and she was placed on administrative leave per district policy. She soon submitted her resignation.

Below is the letter sent home to parents:

"Dear Lake Shore Parents and Guardians:

I want to provide you with information regarding Jessica Krueger, a Lake Shore Middle School math specialist the District hired in August 2017. This morning, the District learned that Ms. Krueger allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a student while teaching at a Dallas high school in 2014 and 2015. I and another District official immediately met with Ms. Krueger, advised her of what we had learned and, per District policy, put her on administrative leave. Shortly after, she submitted her resignation.

A substitute teacher worked with Ms. Krueger’s students today, and the District is in the process of securing a permanent replacement. As a math specialist, Ms. Krueger’s job was to work mostly with staff, and her student contact was limited to one math class and some intervention support for students.

We place the highest priority on the safety and well-being of our students and have zero tolerance for any type of inappropriate activity. Prior to her hire we conducted a rigorous background check, including a national search of any criminal history. We also spoke with a representative of the Milwaukee school where she taught most recently, as well as two other references. All references were positive, and there was no indication of this situation on her record. There has been no indication of any problem during Ms. Krueger’s very short time with the Mequon-Thiensville School District, and we have no reason to believe that any District students were affected.

Please know that we took swift and immediate action as soon as we learned of the Texas situation, and that the District continues to be committed to doing everything it can to provide a safe learning environment for students.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Matthew Joynt
Superintendent of Schools"