New Trier Teacher Fired For ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ With Student

Updated 03/16/11 – 2:05 p.m.

WINNETKA, Ill. (CBS) — New Trier Township High School has fired a German teacher accused of having an “inappropriate relationship” with a student.

The New Trier Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday at a special board meeting to dismiss Daniela Rossmann.

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New Trier spokeswoman Nicole Dizon said the dismissal is effective immediately.

Officials would not disclose any information regarding the sex, age or status of the student involved. They also declined to reveal whether the incident involved took place on or off campus.

On Tuesday, the district confirmed that Rossmann had been suspended last week for what the district described as “misconduct” while officials conducted an investigation.

“On the day that these allegations were reported to school officials, New Trier removed Ms. Rossmann from her teaching duties pending the outcome of an investigation; the proper authorities were notified as well, and the investigation is ongoing,” a recent note to parents stated. “At this time, providing further details would jeopardize the investigation. We take this matter very seriously, and we are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our students.”

Rossmann worked at New Trier since 2003 – at the Winnetka campus, which includes grades 10-12.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said no criminal charges have been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

Administrators and social workers met with students in Rossmann’s classes on Tuesday and “will be available for any students who may need support on an ongoing basis,” district Supt. Linda Yonke said.

Pioneer Press contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • Tom D.

    If the student was male, I’d like to know just who did the complaining and why. There were a couple of teachers in my high school days that I would have BEGGED to have a relationship with!!!!

    • Rafael

      Agree with Tom D. Stupid kid if he complained.

      • Susan

        How do you know it was a “he”?


      daniela rossmann went by the name daniela krug while attending southern illinois university
      she taught english 101 in fall of 99, in which shawn rossmann was her student
      living with him the whole time
      she later went on to marry him, they now have two kids

      if you think this is “out of character”, you’re missing the story
      this has been going on for a very long time

  • Brian

    Why do they have to identify her as German

    • Tonya

      I think she was a “German teacher” Like a Spanish teacher- one who teaches that language. That’s the only thing I can think of.

  • Parent

    This is an epidemic. How many more teachers are doing this that haven’t been caught? We need talk to our kids about this. Trust is being lost.

  • Sarah

    Wow. Her “identity” may or may not be German, but she teaches German.

  • Westmont

    Let’s see a photo of the chick.

    • Lew

      You can google her. She’s not that hot.

  • Leppo Marx

    Wow, in my day we didnt even get to bang the erasers!

  • I Pledge Allegiance To The Bush

    We have ways of making you party naked.

  • patriot 23

    if she was a lunch lady would she be from lunch land ? what a bunch of morons . I feel stupider just for reading those posts.

  • FrauSchnitzel

    LOL @ “New Order”. Untermenchen. Classic. Aber, das is richtig. Could the situation be something less serious than what we’re ALL thinking (/know) happened? Ja. But, let’s be honest, the school probs wouldn’t be acting the way they were if there wasn’t something a little, well, taboo, going on here.

  • sickofignorantpeople

    You are all a bunch of morons!! Keep your ignorant comments to yourself!

  • Goebbels

    There were 22 comments last night and now there are 10. CBS acts as a censor while demanding freedom of the press. Too bad CBS is doing a lame job of covering this story which affects the chosen of the North Shore.

  • Boy from Skokie

    This reminds me of the old Westley South Hotline show. What gives?

  • Jigaboo

    Who are you calling boy?!

  • Rev Sharpton

    She should get a job at Evanston High School and see what it’s like to make it with a BROTHER

  • Question

    Was it a boy or is she a rug eater?

  • Helmut

    The Germans are very clean and she was merely polishing his crown.

  • Peterson

    1. Yes she is the german teacher but she is also from Germany
    2. Rossman was my teacher and I despite all of this, I still consider her one of the best people I’ve ever known- she was honest, extremely intelligent, never judged anyone, and cared for the wellbeing of all her students

  • My Struggle

    Hi there Peterson, did she help you come from behind?

  • Rev. Jesse

    She should teach at King College. Once you go black you never go back.

  • Rahm

    Does Ms. Rossmann like her sausages with skin or without.

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