Teacher is out of the show and out of a job
by HEARNE CHRISTOPHER JR. (Kansas City Star)
She took the high road, now she's high and dry.
Mission elementary school teacher Alima Ravenscroft says she only wanted to have some fun. And maybe, just maybe, meet a nice guy she could take home to Mom or Dad.
So she landed on the NBC "reality" series "For Love or Money."
Ravenscroft, who describes herself as a Christian and virgin who plans to abstain from sex until marriage, passed on making out with hunky bachelor Rob Campos. She rolled her eyes and furrowed her brow as Campos' ultra-tacky antics careened out-of-control.
Not surprisingly, the uncompromising Ravenscroft got ejected by the bachelor dude last Monday on the series' second episode. Her shot at collecting a cool million down the drain, but her dignity intact.
"Thank God it's over," Ravenscroft heaved at Mission's Lucky Brewgrill, where 30 or so of her friends gathered to watch the show. "I am just so relieved to be out of that whole situation. I was so mad at myself for even giving him a hug."
But all that's just the tip of Ravenscroft's "reality" iceberg.
Though she warned her employer, the Visitation School, at 51st and Baltimore, of her intention to enter the reality romance fray, Ravenscroft was effectively fired for taking part in the series. Forced to resign is how she characterizes it.
"It was strongly suggested," Ravenscroft says of the resignation. "But I don't regret going on the show. I mean, I'm single, this is the time to do something like this."
Her main regret: That Visitation didn't give her the benefit of the doubt as to her conduct on the show.
"It's their loss," says friend Robin Clarke, an Overland Park kindergarten teacher. "I mean, if you hire somebody, I think you should back them up."
Had Visitation reserved judgment until seeing her, "they would have been pleasantly surprised," Ravenscroft says.
Visitation principal David Woolwine did not return calls for this column.
"They were just trying to protect their reputation, which is completely understandable," Ravenscroft says. "But there was another teacher on the show, and she didn't get fired. I feel like such a bad person. But some of the teachers (at Visitation) came out tonight to support me. They're so sweet."