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Two Deer Creek Middle teachers return to class after administrative leave

Posted: 6:32 AM, Sep 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-24 12:36:07Z

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Jeffco Public Schools has released findings from an investigation where two teachers were put on administrative leave following alleged inappropriate comments made at school.

In two separate letters submitted to Denver7 Monday and dated Sept. 19, Deer Creek Middle School Principal Rob Hoover wrote that Brent Resler, who teaches 7th grade social studies, and James Sudano, who teaches concert band, orchestra and symphonic band, will return to class.

Hoover wrote that Resler said he recognized that some of his students were uncomfortable with examples he used in the classroom. He is “committed to rebuilding the trust of students and families, and is working with the school administration to restore a safe and healthy learning environment,” Hoover wrote in the letter.

School leaders met with his classes Wednesday to share this information. Resler returned to class Thursday.

In the letter concerning Sudano, Hoover wrote that the investigation found that inappropriate comments were made, which violates district policies.

“Mr. Sudano understands that he needs to maintain professionalism at all times with students, and he will be working with school administration to restore the trust of students and families,” Hoover wrote. “As educators, we aspire to be lifelong learners, and that includes deepening our understanding of professionalism and productive relationships with students.”

Hoover said he will meet with Sudano’s classes Monday to relay that information to them. Sudano will return to classes Tuesday.

At the end of each letter, Hoover wrote that he commends the students who reported these incidents for their courage. He also added that the school will continue to ensure that each classroom is free from inappropriate or unprofessional comments.