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Commission revokes former teachers license

Coach admits to inappropriate Facebook messages


A former Forest Grove School District teacher and coach has lost his teaching credentials after admitting to sending inappropriate messages to a minor student on social media in 2012.

The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission revoked Doug Hofmeister’s educator license on Nov. 11, 2013. TSPC received a report from district officials in October 2012 indicating Hofmeister “may have committed acts which constitute unprofessional conduct,” according to a report by executive director Victoria Chamberlain.

He “engaged in unprofessional conduct [and] gross neglect of duty” in May and July of 2012, when he “exchanged inappropriate communications with a female student, including sending the student a friend-request on Facebook and messages indicating that she was ‘hot’ and he wished he were 18 and still in high school and that she could be his girl,” Chamberlain wrote in the report.

Hofmeister subsequently “apologized to the student for the communications and removed all students as friends on Facebook,” Chamberlain added.

Hofmeister, 58, had been licensed by TSPC since August 1988. He began working in the Forest Grove district in 1999 as a career education and health teacher at the high school and PE teacher at Harvey Clarke Elementary, according to district Chief of Staff Connie Potter. He also worked at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School.

District officials questioned Hofmeister about the Facebook messages on Sept. 24, 2012, and “he provided them with a copy of the messages,” wrote Chamberlain. Hofmeister retired from the district on Sept. 27, 2012.

He was head varsity boys basketball coach at Forest Grove High School from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2006 to 2011. He was assistant boys coach from 2011 to 2012.

After admitting to sending the messages to the student, Hofmeister waived his right to a hearing to contest the TSPC’s decision to revoke his license.




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