Former Teacher of the Year in trouble for contacting former student

Saturday, January 10, 2009 | 6:46 p.m. CST

ST. JOSEPH — A former St. Joseph Teacher of the Year will serve eight months in jail for ignoring a court order to stay away from a former student who is in jail.

Jan Kauffman, who won the 1994 Teacher of the Year honor when she was Jan Reeder, admitted in Buchanan County Court in November that she had violated her probation for the second time.

She was contacting Tyson Wilson, a former student who is in prison for drug and assault convictions.

Buchanan County Judge Dan Kellogg sentenced Kauffman to jail Friday.

Kauffman pleaded guilty in 2005 to trying to smuggle marijuana to Wilson in a Cameron prison. She agreed not to contact Wilson as part of her probation.

After violating probation that year, she spent 75 days in the county jail and promised again to stay away from Wilson.


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