Should it matter if your high school teacher once posed for Playboy?

Cristy Nicole Deweese teacher in Playboy

Cristy Nicole Deweese is a first-year teacher at Rosie M. Collins Sorrells School of Education and Social Services at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas, Texas. The magnet high school serves students in grades 9 through 12. The 21-year-old teaches Spanish, but it’s what she did for a little extra money at the age of 18 that has students in a stir and at least one area parent questioning whether she should still have her job.

Cristy appeared as a Playboy “Coed of the Month” in 2011, before she was ever under the employ of the school district. The shoots features a “naked outdoors” gallery and a simulated lesbian sex scene that are just a click away for her students to “research” if they so desire.

Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe called it a “murky situation.” “It wasn’t an illegal activity, but it raises the question about whether that action violated the Educators’ Code of Ethics,” she added mentioning an ethics standard that reads, “The educator shall be of good moral character and be worthy to instruct or supervise the youth of this state.”

Here’s a can-post video of Cristy from Playboy via YouTube in which she talks about her intentions of becoming a Spanish teacher:

Comments under the clip include, “Shes my spanish Teacher!” and “Apparently parents are ‘outraged.’ This is the professionally offended society we live in today. Get over it. I don’t see anything wrong. I wish she was my Spanish teacher.”

One parent did speak with The Dallas Morning News on condition of anonymity expressing concern about Deweese’s employment, believing it has become a major distraction:

“Are her male 16- and 17-year-old students looking at her without picturing her nude? And for the female students, is this someone they can respect as an educator, someone that they can look up to?”

Cristy Deweese Playboy

Do you have a problem with Cristy teaching high school when there are easily found photos of her modeling nude online?

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  • LaLa84

    So should all female teachers be unattractive cows to do a job? Do you think that if a boy has a hot female teacher who hasn’t posed for Playboy, that he isn’t picturing her naked? Give me a break. This is ignorant. But I live in Dallas, TX and we have so many right winged, Bible thumping robots, that this article doesn’t surprise me one bit.
    Let the WOMAN do what she loves, teaching Spanish; don’t punish her for something that she did as a GIRL, before she was even in the teaching profession.

    • America is not only USA

      I agree 100% with you. Sometimes people can unbearably judgemental.

    • bailey

      Did “as a girl”? She still IS a girl! She is only 21. What people do with their bodies is not for others to judge, but I think 21 is too young to be teaching a class of students who she is pretty much peers with.

      • Mickey

        So, she shouldn’t be teaching because she’s 21? Shouldn’t we be praising her for going straight to college and getting her degree??

        • bailey

          I think its bizarre that someone only needs 3 years education to teach/supervise people she quite possibly could have attended school with (them in 9th grade while she was in 12th). The age difference between her and a few hundred of her students is shocking to me, even more so considering many students who return for a “victory lap” after grade 12; that leaves only 2 years. Also I think it is questionable that she would choose to teach in an environment she only left 3 years ago, especially with no prior teaching experience.. And what do the parents think when they go in for parent-teacher interviews? The person who is supervising their children is barely an adult herself in their eyes.
          If when I was in high school and I had a 21 year old teacher, I don’t think I would feel comfortable being in that class. In my experience, the younger and more conventionally attractive the teacher was (male and female) in HS, the less professional and on-topic the class atmosphere was.. And that was with good looking teachers in their very early 30s! So to me I think that leaving a 21 year old in charger of several full classes a day (and one who posed for Playboy to boot, of course the kids are going to be aware of the fact) is just… bizarre.

          • LaLa84

            Moral of her story, you need to be old and ugly in order to teach high school!

            I was a substitute teacher in my early twenties and I took a LOT of high school sub jobs. EVERY job, I would have at least one high school boy hit on me but it only took once and I laid down the ground rules. Although I was only a few years older, I knew I had a position that required maturity and a backbone. I let them know rather quickly that I was there to fill a position for a teacher, not for them to have a free day. Once they knew I meant business, they weren’t off topic and running wild just because I was young and attractive.

            As long as she has passion for her career, who cares how old she is.

            • Dani

              The problem isn’t that is is beautiful, it is that her students can easily access pornography of her. There is a difference between imagining your teacher naked and being able to see your teacher naked.

  • bailey

    Its not the Playboy modeling that bugs me, its her age. 21. Twenty one!! She is a baby! She is barely out of high school herself, how can someone possible go from the maturity status of “high school student” to “high school teacher” in THREE years? I’m her age and I cannot even begin to imagine myself or any of my peers teaching high school students.. The age gap is just too small on a social aspect and an educational one, credentials or not.

    • America is not only USA

      I think you should remember that, 50 years ago, 21 year-old women were mature enough to be married, raise children and take care of their husbands, children and homes.

      • LexiconD1

        Yes, but in the 70’s they suffered midlife crisis and the age of DIVORCE was ushered in…

        I’m not sure where I fall on the Playboy issue. Frankly, I don’t care she posed for them, but I don’t want it to be a distraction from my child learning…

        • America is not only USA

          The “Age of divorce” appeared for many reasons: 1) at that time, couples were not allowed to live together or even sleep before getting married; so, they barely knew their future husbands/wives; 2) at that time, women started to work and study (in higher rates) and, by doing so, they realized they had more opportunities in life than just being stay-at-home moms who had to depend on their husbands to survive; 3) legalization of no-fault divorce started in 1969; among other reasons. BTW, midlife crisis exists even nowadays.

          • LexiconD1

            I lived through the 70’s, did you?

            • America is not only USA

              No, I didn’t. But people still get divorced nowadays, don’t they? And midlife crisis is currently present, isn’t it? So, we might infer that divorce, as well as midlife crisis, are not exclusively related to the maturity level of the person at the time of getting married and starting a family.

              • LexiconD1

                I didn’t think so. Bet you don’t have kids, or if you do, they aren’t teenagers. Experience, as well as age, does change one’s mind.

                Yes, the younger, less experienced you are the more STATICALLY (proven over and over and over again and again) you are more likely to divorce. It’s not really that hard to figure out…

      • bailey

        Yeah, 50 years ago that was the norm, it doesn’t mean they were mature enough it just means that thats what people did back then. Its apparent that times have changed. And typically young teachers were not teaching classed of young adults rather than kindergarten or primary school.

        • k

          You teach whatever you are qualified in. One does not simply change from teaching Spanish to kindergarten. Those are 2 completely separate teaching licenses, let alone degrees. I’m a 21 year old math teacher and haven’t had any problems. Everyone is different. Maybe you feel that you aren’t (or weren’t) mature enough to teach at 21 but maturity is something that varies from person to person.

  • heyBale

    I’d bet money there were no dads among the disgruntled parents :)

  • Liz

    If she had plans to be a Spanish teacher wouldn’t she kind of see this coming? I’ve seen teachers be judged in my town for things much smaller. They have very high standards put on them. I’m definitely not saying its fair, but its just a reality of becoming a teacher.