A high school guidance counselor in New York has been fired after 12 years at her job because her lingerie and bikini photos from her earlier years as a model keep popping up on the Internet.
And it's easy to see why students are looking up those old shots of Tiffany Webb, who became a highly regarded guidance counselor at the Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers. Those photos are hot.
Webb's now 37 years old, but when she was between 18 and 20 years old, she posed in underwear and bikinis. But she quit modeling before she became a city teacher in 1999. But those photos live on, as photos of such a gorgeous woman tend to do.
But she told the New York Post the photos are all Photoshopped or altered and they keep popping up without her permission on sites like "Mo Girls Entertainment" and "Showgirlz Exclusive." And of course, now on other media since she's sued the New York Department of Education.
That's not enough for the DOE, though. She disclosed her former career and has been investigated three times, and was cleared to work with students each time. But then a student showed ex-principal Andrea Lewis some of Webb's enviable photos, and last Dec. 23, just days before Webb was to get tenure and a $84,200-a-year contract, she was fired for "conduct unbecoming" a DOE employee.
And the DOE said her "inappropriate photos were accessible to impressionable adolescents." One member, though, disagreed:
Her professional work as a guidance counselor has been outstanding, and she should not be punished for something that happened years ago.
Webb's working under a different name in New Jersey, so students can't find her old photos anymore. She's got a lawsuit against the DOE in Brooklyn Supreme Court, and she wants her job back, her back pay and punitive damages for what she calls wrongful termination, sex discrimination and violation of her First Amendment rights.
I am a dedicated professional and enjoyed being a guidance counselor. I did my job well, and my students and parents thought very highly of me. I would love to return to the DOE and resume the career I have chosen to help and guide students.
Her lawyer, employment specialist Stewart Karlin, says all her Internet photos are unauthorized and altered and some even show her face with a different body. “She had no control over it,” said Karlin.