Former Baylor Administrator Resigns From California Private School After Sexual Allegations From Baylor Alum And Former Dallas Student

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A former Baylor School administrator has resigned at a private school in California after a former Baylor student along with a student at another school in Dallas, Tex., where she also taught came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

The teacher resigned recently from Castilleja School in Palo Alto, though she currently faces no criminal charges. She was academic dean, head of the upper school, and assistant head of the school.

Barbara Kennedy, spokesperson for Baylor School, said, "Baylor School has been made aware that an English teacher at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, Calif. resigned in December.  Her resignation occurred after school officials there were contacted by two individuals, one of whom is a Baylor alum, who made an allegation of sexual misconduct by this teacher while she was employed at Baylor as an administrator in the 1980s.  

"Though this allegation reaches back more than two decades and we have no record of any misconduct, we are taking it very seriously, and appropriate authorities have been advised of the matter. 

"The care and safety of our students has always been, and continues to be, our foremost priority."

The other student is from a school in Texas. Both alleged incidents happened in the 1980s, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The newspaper said the teacher was placed on administrative leave and an investigation was started regarding the alleged inappropriate relationships.

The teacher resigned from the 6-12 grade school, though she denied the allegations.

The teacher was at Hockaday School in Dallas, Tex.,from 1973 to 1983 and at Baylor from 1985 to 1990. She also taught at Harpeth Hall in Nashville at one time.

The California school did not release the name of the teacher since no charges were brought.


Early Morning Fire Damages Hixson Home

Fire caused substantial damage to a Hixson home early Saturday morning. Fortunately, no one was injured. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 3 a.m. and responded to 6208 North Innsbrook Drive with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Charles Patten said smoke and flames were visible in the attached garage when the first firefighters arrived. The two ... (click for more)

Marcus Davis Shot On Walker Avenue Friday Night

Marcus Davis, 25,  was shot Friday night on Walker Avenue. At approximately 10:52 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 1900 block of Walker Avenue on a person shot call.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the left knee, and was transported to a local hospital with the non-life-threatening injury. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain "Grounds" East Hamilton, 28-19

Signal Mountain was determined to run the football and take time off the clock Friday night in the second half of its 28-19 non-district victory over rival East Hamilton before a standing-room-only crowd at Hurricane Hill. “That’s our kind of football,” Eagles coach Bill Price said after the season opening game for both teams. “It was a tough football game and we just got out ... (click for more)

Maynor Leads Soddy Daisy Past Hixson, 49-36

If you wanted to see a lot of offense in a high school football game, then you should have been at  Soddy Daisy's Robert Talaska Field Friday night. Defense was all but non-existent on either side as the host Trojans took advantage of five touchdown passes from southpaw senior quarterback Hunter Maynor to outlast the Hixson Wildcats, 49-36. The last two minutes of the ... (click for more)