A former New Hanover County Schools teacher of the year has resigned after being charged with driving while impaired and amid an investigation into possible inappropriate relationships with students, the Star News has reported.
Meredith Kokoski, 33, was arrested Oct. 6 after she drove into three parked cars in Wilmington and rolled her vehicle over, according to the Star News. No injuries were reported.
She was charged with driving while impaired, and the New Hanover County Schools suspended her with pay Oct. 11, the report said.
Tim Markely, the school district’s superintendent, told WCNC that her suspension was pending a “personnel investigation.”
The district has confirmed that almost a month after her arrest, Kokoski resigned on Nov. 7, WCNC reported.
Kokoski taught English at Emsely A. Laney High School in Wilimington and was honored with the county’s teacher of the year award in 2014, the Star News reported.
As part of that award, Kokoski had won a Toyota Prius, but it’s not clear what car she was driving when the crash happened.
A separate investigation is being conducted by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office involving Kokoski and possible inappropriate relationships with students.
The sheriff’s office received information about possible relationships between Kokoski and two male students at Laney High School in 2016, the sheriff’s office told the Star News.
No charges have been filed in that investigation, the Star News said.
Kokoski had been working for the district since 2008.