Investigated by cops, Weston High teacher resigns
Updated 1:34 pm, Saturday, October 8, 2011
The Weston High School teacher being investigated by police over allegations involving former students has resigned.
In an email to school parents, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer confirmed Thursday that Dave Egers stepped down and that arrangements have been made to continue teaching his videography and television production courses with two other faculty members.
There was, however, no other information from school officials about the investigation involving the 47-year-old Egers, a Fairfield resident.
Calls to Weston police, who earlier in the week confirmed they are conducting an investigation, were not returned Friday. Egers also did not return phone calls.
Before he resigned, Egers earlier in the week was placed on administrative leave by school officials.
Palmer said school officials are cooperating with the police probe.
According to a June 2010 article published on the Daily Weston website, Eger has worked at the school 12 years and spent eight years prior to that as a set technician for the school theater. Eger teaches videography and advises the student-run television station, "Trojan TV," Channel 78, according to the article.
Eger said in the article that his students call him by his first name. "Respect is not necessarily what you call somebody, it's what you show," he said at the time.
In May, Eger was recognized with an award for "Excellence in Film Education," at the Westport Youth Film Festival.
In 2005, Eger received the David Trigaux Innovation Award from the Weston Education Foundation, given annually to a town teacher who shows "an unusual level of originality and dedication to creative teaching -- a teacher who has truly made a difference in our school community," according to the foundation's website.
Palmer said counseling will be available to students.
"As this information becomes more well-known to our students, there may be a host of emotional reactions," she wrote in an earlier email last week. "Our administrators and counseling professionals will be available to assist students and their families as needed. We will continue to work cooperatively with the Weston Police Department."
Palmer said anyone with information about the case should contact Sgt. Matthew Broadacki at 203-222-2624.