The female Shawnee Mission West High School teacher accused of carrying on an inappropriate relationship with
third-year psychology and world geography instructor and cheerleading coach. The board reportedly cited a violation of district policy forbidding inappropriate behavior with students as a reason for her dismissal.
Preston had been on administrative leave since March 7 after school officials received a report that Preston was allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a student. She has 10 days to appeal her firing.
No charges have been filed against the 27-year-old Preston. However, police say the file is still open, the Star reported.
The same day that her suspension was announced, Preston was involved in a
car wreck in Miami County. Her 2011 Chevy Equinox went off a cliff
ledge at 247th and Flint and landed in a creek embankment. She was
airlifted to a local hospital.
The Star reported that Preston answered
the door of her Lenexa home Tuesday, refused to comment other than to
say she was still recovering from the injuries she suffered in the
on the Shawnee Mission West website has since been removed, but it used to read:
My name is Michelle Preston and this is my third year
teaching Psychology I, AP Psychology, and World Geography at Shawnee
I grew up in Lansing, KS and graduated from Lansing High School. I have a
bachelor's degree in History and Secondary Education from Baker
University. I will complete my master's degree in Education from Baker
this spring. I have also added a Psychology certification through
Emporia State University.
I live in Lenexa with my husband, Travis (a 2002 SMW graduate), and our
pets: a greyhound named Gibson and a cat named Slugger.
I love teaching at West as well as coaching Freshman Cheer!