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Top 6 Social Media Fails Every Worker Should Learn From

By Erik Sherman

Workers in every profession make mistakes in social media -- and get fired for them. But teachers' social media fails seem to be its own meme, as every day there seems to be another teacher making an epic gaffe on Facebook and Twitter. As educators, they are supposed to impart wisdom to their students. But when it comes to social media, at least some instructors need to head back to school.

Pouring over some recent examples of teachers' social media fails, AOL Jobs compiled the top 6 mistakes teachers made in social media this year. Don't imagine you're exempt. These are social media mistakes no worker should make. Unless, of course, you hate your job and are looking for a second career, say, in reality TV.

1. Think you're hot? Don't tweet it.

Carly McKinney, a 23-year-old math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo, had a perfectly nice job ... until her superiors got wind of racy tweets. They included topless and other revealing self-portraits and messages like "stay sexy ... stay high ... stay drunk," to say nothing of referring to a student as "jail bait" or saying that she was high while grading papers.

McKinney claimed that the Twitter account was a parody she set up with friends. Students rallied to her defense. School administrators were undoubtedly laughing uproariously when they first put her on paid administrative leave and then fired her.

2. Keep your side career off Facebook.

Having active outside interests help teachers relax and stay in fine form. In the case of Olivia Sprauer, a part-time bikini model who taught English at Martin County High School in Florida, it was literally true. In early May, the principal called her into his office, showed some of her posing work on a computer screen, and asked if it was her. She said yes and he said bye.

Finding the evidence of her side career wasn't too difficult as Sprauer, under her modeling name of Victoria James, reportedly had them posted on Facebook.

The single mother of two says she was already going to resign at the end of the school year, so the dismissal was only a month early. And she knew that getting fired for the photos was a possibility. She was right. By May 9, the gloves, or something else, was off as she offered topless and nude posters for sale on her Facebook account. At the end of May, she told The Huffington Post that she would donate a portion of the proceeds to the Red Cross' Oklahoma tornado relief efforts.