Authorities in California say a former recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old boy.
Officials have indicated that there could potentially be other victims and are asking them to come forward.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying that Tracy Vanderhulst, a 38-year-old math teacher at Yucaipa High School, was arrested on Thursday night for engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
She is currently being held on $30,000 bail. It remains unclear whether the minor involved was a student at the high school.
Vanderhulst had previously been recognized as “Teacher of the Year” in 2017.
“Tracy Vanderhulst is Yucaipa High School’s Teacher of the Year as she epitomizes the educator so many desire to be,” the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District previously wrote in a statement, according to the News Mirror. “She is the kind and innovative teacher from whom we hope our children will grow; the educator who strives to engage all of her students from her intervention classes to her honors classes.”
Individuals with additional information related to the case are urged to contact authorities at (909) 890-4904.