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Porn star and school therapist...

It seems that a model I worked with about a year ago has quite the porn career going - in addition to his day job as a school therapist.
An article in todays Daily News indicates that the parent's at the school aren't all that psyched to find out about this....

oh, and for those who are curious a quick google search will turn up the sort of photos that the parents are worried about. And the last time I heard, most kids DO know how to use google...

Queens PS worker is a Playgirl pet

Posted Wednesday, March 14th 2007, 4:00 AM

Julian Fantechi, an occupational therapist at PS 99 in Kew Gardens, graced the August 2006 cover of Playgirl.
A hunky physical therapist at a Queens elementary school holds a steamy second job: Playgirl centerfold.
Julian Fantechi, a full-time occupational therapist at Public School 99 in Kew Gardens, graced the August 2006 cover of the racy magazine and has appeared nude more than a dozen times inside.
"I can have this career, and I can also have a heart and work with children," Fantechi told the Daily News yesterday.
Though the nude modeling raised eyebrows and prompted a probe by city investigators, Fantechi's moonlighting doesn't violate school policies, officials said yesterday.
A state-licensed occupational therapist with a master's from New York University, the 5-foot-10 Fantechi began working with special-needs students in city schools about six years ago.
Outside the classroom, the 37-year-old continued his modeling career, working for Saks Fifth Avenue and appearing in Men's Health magazine and other publications. This fall, he also had a small part in the ABC sitcom "Ugly Betty."
When he was approached to appear in Playgirl, Fantechi said he contacted his union representative to make sure he wasn't violating any city rules. He was given the go-ahead as long as he didn't advertise that he worked as a city educator.
He described his August centerfold and four previous appearances in Playgirl as "artistic and tasteful," saying he felt confident his underage students would not have access to the material.
"It's totally separate," he said of his teaching job. "I haven't done anything that I'm ashamed of."
But a complaint about the raunchy images was made to special school investigator Richard Condon's office in November and was forwarded to the city Office of Special Investigations, officials said yesterday.
In mid-January, investigators found that Fantechi's modeling broke no rules and posed no danger to kids, schools spokeswoman Dina Paul Parks said.
Still, some parents said they felt uneasy about a school staffer posing in the buff.
"We don't like that. That's definitely not good. Absolutely not," said Mohammad Alam, 41, who has daughters in third and fifth grade.
Aureia Lamberty, 65, said she planned to talk about the matter with her granddaughter, who attends the school.
"I think it's not good for the children," she said.
But Fantechi said he wants to reassure parents that he would "never, ever do anything to jeopardize a child" and that he is devoted to helping special-needs students.
"I'd want them to know that just because I was a Playgirl centerfold has nothing to do with my capabilities as a physical therapist," he said.


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Mar. 14th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
i can understand how parents would be upset, but i'm glad that the investigators have not accused him of breaking and rules/being harmful to the students.

it is possible to do good work with kids and have an entirely separate life outside of school. trust me, i know.

and my situation is pretty different, in that i'm not publicly out there showing my body like he is, but i am careful about what photos of myself i post on my site and on flickr, as people i work with often visit to look at my pictures.
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're mentioned on his site!
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Where? I haven't seen that....
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
nevermind... found it. Twice. Well, maybe I'll get some extra traffic to my website!
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Haha! Yeah, you very well might!
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, interesting. See, we need to pay our teachers better ;-)
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd be interested to know how much he gets for a shoot... I know I haven't made a cent off my shots of him!

But yes, teachers SHOULD be paid better. I'd actually really like a job at the highschool in my town - can you believe that the payscale maxes out after 5 years - at over 100k/year???! No wonder there's never any openings... why would anyone ever quit with pay like that!
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
wow! That's incredible pay, and also really unusual for teaching. You must pay a crap load of taxes!
Mar. 14th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
We are SO lucky. Our taxes are almost nothing! Since Carlstadt and East Rutherford share a highschool they also share some sort of tax kickback deal from Giants Stadium/Continental Airlines Arena so we literally pay almost no property taxes. Its awesome, because as first time home buyers we didn't even consider that when buying... we got real lucky!
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
whoah, what?!? teachers in your area (are you one?) get paid over 100k a year?!? man, i need to move...
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
Good luck! I've even got friends on the school board and can't get a position... even with ten years of experience.... I teach at a small private school in Manhattan which pays pretty well, but nothing like that. Even if I'd stayed teaching full time (I'm only very part time now) I'd be only right around 50-60k. It would be great to get in at the highschool here. From what I understand, the elementary schools are well paid also, but not quite as well. I'm not completely up on how the pay structure works.
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
very interesting... i didn't realize cost of living differences would be that high between CA and NY... here, we start around 50k and max out at about 80k.

what do you teach at this private school?
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
Pay scales vary quite a bit here. And some private schools have individual negotiations for salary... I'd never go for that though. I believe my schools full time pay scale starts at 32K and goes up to 75 or so. Of course, when I started it was about 21k to start... not a living wage even then. Public school teachers do much better, but have to deal with 30 kids at a time and all kinds of nonsense...

I currently teach only woodworking, but I've taught art, film and photo as well.
Mar. 15th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
i don't think i could handle negotiating my salary either...

i got paid 23k my first year as a teacher at a private school for kids with autism. i barely paid the bills (and i shared rent)...

neat - i didn't realize you were still teaching.
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah... still teaching. I think I've found a nice balance of teaching and photo, so I think I'll continue teaching as long as they still want me!

This is the school if you're interested... http://www.vcsnyc.org/
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