MADISON (WKOW) -- A Department of Public Instruction official says a review of the renewal of the license of a teacher who sent students sexually graphic texts found the decision appropriate.
"The Department reviewed the matter and believes the decision made was correct given the facts at hand," spokesperson Patrick Gasper tells 27 News. Zielinski's license was renewed last year.
Documents show teacher Jill Zielinski texted cartoons depicting oral sex and a man's genitals to several Oregon High school students in 2011.
Zielinski resigned from the high school shortly after the texts were discovered, and told Oregon School Board members she would pursue work outside education.
Zielinski's former principal, Chris Ligocki tells 27 News he believed Zielinski would never be in a classroom again, and has concerns about any return.
As part of an agreement to avoid possible criminal prosecution in connection to the texts, Zielinski wrote about returning to a classroom and refraining from communicating with students outside of school.
Zielinski's online biography lists employment as an e-learning specialist for a Wisconsin corporation. Zielinski has not responded to repeated requests for comment from 27 News.
"Being in possession of a valid educator license does not 'guarantee' employment," Gasper says.
Records show Zielinski's successful completion of the deferred prosecution program included therapy, and completion of an on-line course on ethical boundaries.
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