(Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
BY KELLY ROCHE
A former Erindale auto shop teacher is the subject of a disciplinary hearing by the Ontario College of Teachers in relation to serious misconduct allegations dating back to 2003.
Charilaos Tremis, also known as Charles Tremis, is accused of numerous unethical dealings, from bilking the Peel District School Board out of thousands of dollars to falsifying students’ marks.
Tremis taught transportation technology at Erindale Secondary School and was with the PDSB for 21 years before being terminated in October 2010.
The list of allegations against him – over a five-year period, from Jun. 2003 to Nov. 2008 – is nearly three pages long, including:
Using the school’s auto shop to repair personal and/or other vehicles; selling a donated vehicle for personal gain; violating health and safety provisions (damaged or unusable items allowed to remain in the auto shop, blocking a fire exit, liquids without proper labelling); not testing students yet entering mid-term marks; allowing unauthorized vehicles to remain on school property; calling the principal an “arrogant b—h” when she questioned him about the vehicles; falsely claiming items as legitimate expenses (flat screen TV, DVD player, wall mounted hand dryer, welding supplies); removing scrap metal and/or tire rims and selling them for personal gain; making an unauthorized purchase in excess of $2,500; repairing a vehicle belonging to a student’s family and realizing a profit from the repairs; purchasing Zep soap products in bulk.
Tremis became certified in 1989 and is now categorized by the OCT as ‘retired.’
He is alleged to be guilty of failing to maintain the standards of his profession, failing to keep records, signing or issuing a false document, falsifying a record, failing to comply with the Education Act, practising the profession while in a conflict of interest, engaging in conduct “unbecoming a member,” and having committed acts that “would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.”
Penalties include a range of options dependent on the outcome of the hearing, said Morwenna Marwah, from the OCT’s communications department.
Tremis is apparently still teaching and working with cars: He’s listed online as the director, and instructor, at Millennium Training Centre on Royal Windsor Dr., with his wife, Elizabeth Jongeneel, as registrar.
Tremis appeared before the disciplinary committee on Sept. 8-9 and is scheduled for hearings tomorrow, Friday, and Oct. 1-2.