Brook Ellen West
This substitute teacher in Kentucky picked the worst way to prepare for a middle school class. Back in April, West threw back four shots of vodka just before class started. Students immediately noticed she was unsteady on her feet and smelled of alcohol. As class continued, West proceeded to yell and curse at the middle school students. The kids alerted administration, who quickly removed West and called the police. During her arrest, West blew .317 on a breathalyzer test — nearly four times the legal benchmark for intoxication. West now faces charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Deidre R. Smith
In an unthinkable act of abuse, charter school teacher Deidre R. Smith allegedly carried out a sexual relationship with a 10-year-old student. Police arrested her last May after receiving a complaint from an unnamed school administrator. Smith is facing charges of first-degree rape and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.
According to police, Taylor molested a seven-year-old student in 2015 and avoided any consequences for the next three years. Then, a year after DNA evidence led to his arrest in 2018, Taylor allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill his now-10-year-old victim. Thankfully, this scheme to prevent the victim from testifying went nowhere. Taylor — easily one of the worst teachers of any year, much less recent history — is currently incarcerated and facing charges related to both crimes.