Lake City teacher allegedly talked about sex in graphic detail and poured holy water on coworkers

A Columbia County teacher is no longer working after allegedly talking about sex and attempting to anoint coworkers with holy water.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former Columbia County middle school teacher’s educator’s certificate was permanently revoked on Friday.

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According to a report from the Education Practices Commission of the State of Florida, Yessenia Gallardo allegedly talked about her sexual exploits in lewd details, using phrases like "booty calls" and other provocative language.

She also attempted to anoint staff members with holy water and proclaimed she shared DNA with Jesus and Mary. Gallardo also repeatedly touched male teachers. This was during her time as a Spanish teacher at Lake City Middle School.

“I would much rather homeschool my son,” Stella Jimenez, a mother who lives down the street from the middle school, said. ”It’s like, wow, that’s not what I want for my kid.”

The seven-page report said Gallardo willingly gave up her teaching certificate, which means she’s not admitting to the allegations against her, but she’s also not denying then. She cannot reapply for a certificate.

“I’m glad that she’s not gonna be teaching anymore.” Jimenez said.

Action News Jax contacted Gallardo to hear her side of the story, but She did not respond.

We also contacted Columbia County Schools Superintendent. He responded saying this:

“The teacher in question was released from teaching in August of 2018 from the CCS.”

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