Former Beaumont educator pleads guilty to relationship with student

Tyseski Ardoin

Former Beaumont Independent School District special education teacher and Central High School assistant coach Tyseski Ardoin pleaded guilty to engaging in an improper relationship with a student in Jefferson County Judge Raquel West’s court on Monday, Jan. 4, in exchange for prosecution agreeing to recommend probation in lieu of prison time.

According to the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Rachel Grove, Ardoin’s victim was “obviously a student there at Central” and 16 years old at the time of the relationship. Despite the age of the student, Grove said, the charge was not one of a number of certain offenses, such as sexual assault of a child, that would require Ardoin to submit to sex offender registry.

“In some instances there could be more charges,” she said, “but I think that determination is made by the facts of the case.”

The facts of the case against Ardoin stem from allegations investigated by the BISD Police Department in 2012. Ardoin was indicted on the improper relationship charge in March 2013 and arrested in quick succession. Ardoin was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

When indicted, BISD officials released word that, “The administration at Beaumont ISD takes every allegation seriously. The safety and well-being of our students remain our highest priority and Tyseski Ardoin was immediately placed on administrative leave following the allegation of an improper relationship with a student.”

Ardoin promotes on his résumé that his time at BISD ended in July 2013, and that he came to the district in 2009 after a two-year stint as a special education teacher/coach at the Killeen Independent School District. Despite Ardoin’s transfer to BISD from Killeen, he is a product of the local school system, graduating from West Brook High School in 1995, where he was a standout football player.

He is currently employed as a phlebotomist at DCI Biologicals, according to Ardoin’s social media publications.

Grove said the student victim is now a college student at Lamar Institute of Technology.

“She’s moved on; she’s in a good place,” Grove said.

The future for Ardoin’s official educational career remains to be fully examined. According to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), Ardoin has not been barred from teaching to date, although, “This individual is currently under review by the SBEC Professional Discipline Unit.”

In addition, Ardoin’s teaching certification has been inactive since April 2015. According to the SBEC, inactive certifications do not entitle the certificate holder to work as a professional educator in Texas public schools. A certificate is placed on inactive status when the holder’s standard certificate has not been renewed, the certificate holder has not completed fingerprinting as required by the Texas Education Code, or the certificate holder has fees pending. Once an educator satisfies the condition or conditions that caused the certificate to be placed in inactive status, the certificate is returned to valid status. Also according to SBEC information, the pending investigation status of Ardoin’s certification does not preclude him from maintaining a valid teaching certificate.

Grove said that, “barring any red flags, the judge will probably go along with the agreement,” which is seven years deferred probation. Grove said that if Ardoin fails to uphold the terms of probation, he could face up to the maximum penalty (20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine), but if he successfully completes the program, the charge will not remain on his official record. Final sentencing is set for Feb. 8.