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WATERLOO — A former Kingsley Elementary third-grade teacher had her license suspended for being under the influence of alcohol at school.

Dana DeVries consumed alcohol before reporting to work a number of times in the spring of 2017, according charges from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Waterloo Community Schools’ records show DeVries was terminated June 8, 2017, when officials made a complaint to the board. Districts must report any licensed employee disciplined for possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at school or school events. The law took effect less than a month after she was terminated.

An investigation revealed DeVries drank “in the morning before reporting to work and, on one occasion, at home during her lunch break,” a board document said. It added she “promptly sought substance-abuse and mental-health treatment and has been consistently attending counseling for the past nine months.”

The board approved an order at its May meeting reprimanding DeVries and suspending her license for a minimum of one year. Reinstatement would require documentation of continued counseling for another year and an updated substance abuse evaluation. She must also complete at least 15 hours of an “Ethics for Educators” course.

DeVries started working for Waterloo Schools in the fall of 2010.

In another case, the Board of Educational Examiners reprimanded former Waterloo Schools’ teacher Landon Wood for resigning without obtaining a release from his district contract. He must complete an ethics course through an area education agency within 12 months and submit proof of completion to the board.

Wood worked as an English language learner teacher for the district starting in March 2017 until his resignation took effect Sept. 27, 2017. Prior to that, he had been a paraeducator for Waterloo Schools from January to June 2016.

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