SANFORD, Fla. – A Florida high school teacher admired by students and parents could be axed after she showed students a wooden penis carving, the latest in a career full of disciplinary problems.

follow the rulesSeminole County school officials contend Lyman High School teacher Jeanne Michaud is known to be sarcastic, condescending and profane with students, which has resulted in 30 years worth of complaints from parents and school employees, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

In the most recent incident, a student and parent called district officials to complain that Michaud had insulted and embarrassed the student. The student also complained that her math teacher had a wooden “dildo” in class, the news site reports.

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“The carving was one of several similar sculptures left on the Longwood campus as a senior prank in 2009,” the Sentinel reports. “Michaud, 56, told a school district investigator she thought the prank was ‘humorous’ and out of ‘pure stupidity on my part’ took one and kept it stashed in a classroom closet.”

Why she ever brought it back out is anyone’s guess.

The teacher likely isn’t laughing about the penis sculpture now, after the school board suspended her without pay last month. The board is expected to vote on her termination today.

Parents who spoke with the Sentinel acknowledged that Michaud was often inappropriate with students, and used “rough” language, but they admired her dedication. Several told the news site Michaud pushed students to achieve their potential.

“She was completely vested in trying to get these kids … prepared for what they’re going to face in college,” parent Brian Clarke told the Sentinel.

Regardless, Michaud’s personnel file shows she has a very lengthy track record of disciplinary problems, including allegations of providing alcohol to minors, calling students names like “moron,” “retarded,” and “rude heifer,” and routinely using foul language in the classroom, the Sentinel reports.

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Michaud has been suspended on several occasions for insubordination and unprofessional conduct, and even lost her teaching license for a year in 1991.

John Reichert, human resources director for Seminole County schools, told the Sentinel that “at some point, the performance of a teacher doesn’t really weigh in any more.”

Michaud may be an excellent teacher with a gift to reach students, but if she can’t do her job without continuously insulting students and joking around with wooden penis sculptures, then that’s a problem.

The teacher’s penchant for pushing the boundaries of decency is likely part of the reason students respond to her, but administrators must draw a line in the sand at some point to maintain order and a productive learning environment for all students.

If Michaud refuses to accept that reality, then school leaders are more than justified in terminating the teacher, regardless of how well-liked she is by students or anyone else.