SHE has a past she would rather forget.
Unfortunately, anything put on film remains out there forever, especially in the Internet age.
High school teacher Tera Myers, 38, from St Louis, in the mid-western US state of Missouri, found this out the hard way.
A student found out about porn films she starred in during the 1990s, reported the New York Daily News.
Ms Myers is on administrative leave at Parkway North High School this week.
The science teacher decided to leave the school “out of respect for her privacy and that of her family”, said Mr Paul Tandy, spokesman for the school district.
Because her role in the adult films wasn’t illegal, her pornographic past didn’t show up during a background check.
The teacher, who has been at the school for four years, will be paid through the end of the school year but will not be returning in the fall.
“We’re surprised, very surprised,” said Mr Tandy.
“At the same time we feel for her and her family.
“Unfortunately, even though it happened 15 years ago, (the video) is still there.”
This is not Ms Myers’ first brush with her sordid past.
She was suspended from another school in the eastern central state of Kentucky five years ago for the same reason.
While there, Ms Myers taught under a different name- Tericka Dye.
After she was sacked in 2006, Ms Myers told her story on the Dr Phil television show, informing the popular psychologist that she had appeared in her first porn film at the age of 22, while she was a homeless and broke mother of two, reported the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Doing pornographic material has ruined my teaching career and my life,” she said, according to the Dr Phil website.
Ms Myers, who later earned a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Kentucky, told Dr Phil McGraw that she suffered from a bipolar disorder in the 90s.
She said then: “I was not who I am today. I’ve found God. I’ve gotten an education.
“I’ve done everything I could possibly do to prove that I’m a different person now.”
This article was first published in The New Paper.