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State Revokes License Of Clifton Special Ed Teacher Guilty Of Manslaughter

Consales was a teacher at Christopher Columbus Middle School, where she was placed on leave.
Consales was a teacher at Christopher Columbus Middle School, where she was placed on leave. Photo Credit: Facebook

PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. -- A special education teacher from Passaic County had her teaching licenses revoked after pleading guilty to charges of manslaughter.

At its meeting in April 2017, the State Board of Examiners (Board) reviewed information received from the Criminal History Review Unit (CHRU) and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (PCPO) regarding Andrea Consales.

In 2015, Consales plead guilty to manslaughter committed recklessly and in 2017, was sentenced to six years in prison, three years of parole supervision upon release and ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family, the board said.

Consales was a teacher at Christopher Columbus Middle School, where she was placed on leave.

The CHRU notified the Board that, as a result of her conviction, Consales was disqualified from public school employment, officials said.

Consales currently holds Teacher of Elementary School in Grades K-8 and Teacher of the Handicapped certificates, both issued in August 1976, according to the board.

In August 2017, Consales submitted a letter to the Board asking members to take no action in her case until she was able to meet with a counsel and submit a written response, adding that she had been a teacher for many years and had always received satisfactory evaluations.

The Board granted Consales’ request for an extension to reply and allowed her until Oct. 8, 2017 to submit a response -- Consales did not submit a response.

In December 2017, the Board voted to revoke Andrea Consales’ Teacher of Elementary School in Grades K-8 and Teacher of the Handicapped certificates.

On Jan. 19, 2018, the Board voted to adopt its formal written decision and in the revocation of Consales’ certificates -- effective immediately.

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