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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What Happens When the Art Teacher Is the Model?

You have a tremendous headache if you are the Austin Independent School District, which is mulling over what to do with 29 year old art teacher Tamara Hoover after topless photos appeared on the internet. According to today's Austin American Statesman, District looks to fire Austin High art teacher, the School Board has started the termination process by a vote last night. Ms. Hoover is not going down easy as her site on MySpace has her story -- currently in limited version at the request of her lawyer -- and an appeal for funds to support her fight.

The photo's, artistic photography according to Hoover, are on her photographer friend, Celesta Danger's MySpace site.

Several years ago, there would be no question how this one would turn out. Today, the world is changing. My guess -- not soon enough for Ms. Hoover's AISD career, but in the age where being fired for internet activities is often a stepping stone to success, see the NYT's story, Interns? No Bloggers Need Apply, who knows where she may show up next.

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