Penticton teacher suspended for inappropriate remarks

Miko McGrady given two-week suspension for comments made in classroom between December 2009 and June 2010

A Penticton teacher has been handed a two-week suspension for inappropriate remarks he made to students.

Miko McGrady was cited for his in-classroom conduct between December 2009 and June 2010 while working at Penticton Secondary School and was scheduled for a nine-day disciplinary hearing in October. However, the hearing was cancelled after a consent agreement was worked out in advance.

That deal was ratified this week and McGrady’s ability to practise will be suspended from Nov. 3 to Nov. 16, according to information posted on the B.C. Teacher Regulation Branch website.

Spokespeople for the branch and the Ministry of Education refused to provide details of the agreement or commit to a date when it will be released to the public.

McGrady has been working most recently as a French immersion teacher at KVR Middle School.

Okanagan Skaha School District assistant superintendent Dave Burgoyne confirmed the suspension.

“The district is aware of it, but we don’t comment on personnel issues,” said Burgoyne.

He would not say how the district will handle McGrady’s absence, but said generally that “anytime a teacher’s away for any reason, we provide substitute coverage.”

McGrady was originally cited by the now-defunct B.C. College of Teachers for nine separate incidents, all of which involved comments to his students.