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Thursday, Sep 12 2013 06:07 PM

Teacher with repeat DUIs to resign

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A teacher at a Kern County alternative school has given notice after coming under fire for repeatedly driving under the influence.

Brandi Lynn Sherman, who is on paid administrative leave, will resign effective Sept. 30, said Kern County Superintendent of Schools spokesman Rob Meszaros.

He said he could not discuss the situation further, citing personnel privacy rules.

Sherman had been scheduled to return to her job when classes resumed from summer break, but never went back to the classroom.

She teaches ninth through 12th grades and independent studies at Sillect Community School, a year-round public school program operated by KCSOS.

Sherman has been caught driving under the influence of alcohol three times since 2011.

Each time, Sherman had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08 percent.

She pled guilty to a DUI charge in February 2011 and no contest to a DUI in March 2011 and one in September 2012.

Sherman was hired in August 2006.

In the most recent legal case against Sherman, a 180-day jail sentence was suspended in favor of three years of probation and a $1,910 fine. But Sherman was ordered to return to Kern County Superior Court on July 29 for failing to comply with court-ordered counseling.

It wasn't clear where her criminal case stood on Thursday. The Kern County District Attorney's office said neither a prosecutor nor a public defender had been assigned to her case as of this week.

The Kern County jail's website does not list Sherman as an inmate.

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