Collier school district employees fired for actions involving students

Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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(Left) Kirstie Rosa, 27. (Right) Dayley Gonzalez, 37. Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

We spoke to more parents in Collier County about two school district employees recently arrested for inappropriate and violent behavior toward students. These teachers were both fired during the same meeting for their separate incidents involving students.

Collier County School Board fired both assistant teacher Kirstie Rosa and bus driver Dayely Gonzalez Monday after they were arrested for separate incidents involving Collier County students.

Both Rosa and Gonzalez had their cases reviewed by the school board during a regular scheduled meeting.

Rosa was arrested after being accused of having sex with a male 15-year-old student multiple times and supplying other students with alcohol and drugs.

“A 15-year-old is clearly a minor, and you just can’t go there,” parent Trudy Olander said. “You just can’t do that. To invite them over and drink beer with them, that’s extremely inappropriate.”

Gonzalez was arrested after being accused of striking a 10-year-old student with learning disabilities on a school bus.

“It’s nerve wracking,’ said. “They’re in charge of taking care of our students.”

Olander said she feels fortunate she and her son are transparent with each other.

“Doing things with the teacher and the teacher using Snapchat as a way to lure guys my age,” said Jeramiah Olander, a high school student in Collier. “It just is dreadful. I wouldn’t imagine that, and I wouldn’t want that whatsoever”

After looking at Gonzalez’s file, we found she has been previously cited for speeding while driving her assigned school bus, nearly 15 mph over the speed limit. She also was cited for hitting a parked car, causing $1,000 in damages.

An assistant was also on the school bus the day Gonzalez is accused of harming a student, and the school district says that individual will also face disciplinary action.

Rosa’s file didn’t have any previous disciplinary actions in her file. This surprised some parents, considering the extent of the accusations against her.

Both Rosa and Gonzalez bonded out of jail after their arrests and have been ordered against any contact with their victims.

“No teacher should be communicating with the student on a social media platform,” parent Amy Baird said.

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