Troy Ruzicka was recently found guilty of professional misconduct and prohibited from holding a teaching permit in the province of Saskatchewan following a hearing conducted by The Saskatchewan Professional Teacher's Regulatory Board.
"It is the disciplinary committee that makes the decisions," explained Trevor Smith, Registrar and Chief Operations Officer. "They provided me with their decision on March 26th."
"This is a little bit of a unique situation in that Mr Ruzicka was teaching under the authority of something called a temporary teaching permit. Temporary teaching permits are issued on an as-needed basis when an employer is unable to recruit a certified teacher for a specific position."
"The thing with temporary teaching permits is that they're only valid for the position for which they are granted. So as soon as Mr Ruzicka was terminated from his teaching position, his temporary teaching permit ceased to be valid."
"But the professional conduct committee felt that the SPTRB needed to take some regulatory action, even though he no longer held a valid temporary teaching permit. So they asked the committee to hear the matter and they did and they found him guilty of misconduct."
Even though this decision was made in Saskatchewan, Smith shared that is unlikely Ruzicka will ever be permitted a teaching permit again.
"The registrars for Teacher Certification Canada is a network of teacher registrars and we have an agreement in place where when a teacher receives disciplinary action in one province or territory, we share that information with all other provinces and territories. So he would not be permitted to teach in another province."
Smith went on to say that should he apply for a permit in another province, they would look into their records and see the decision provided to them by the Saskatchewan Professional Teacher's Regulatory Board.
"Due to the egregious nature of this, it is very doubtful that they would entertain the decision to grant him teaching certification."
In their decision, the discipline committee wrote that they had no hesitation finding Ruzicka guilty of professional misconduct and called his actions "disgraceful and dishonourable."