Former Pembroke Academy official surrenders teaching certificate

  • Rekha Luther, the former Pembroke Academy dean of students charged with bringing heroin into the school, waived her probable cause hearing at Hooksett District Court Monday. Her lawyer, Michael Iacopino, left, waited in court with her. (GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff) GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A former Pembroke Academy official has voluntarily surrendered her teaching certificate after her conviction Monday on felony drug charges.

Rekha Luther, 38, of Manchester pleaded guilty in Merrimack County Superior Court to one count each of possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a controlled drug, both in a school zone. She was sentenced to three months in jail, with credit for 20 days already served, as well as two years probation and suspended prison time.

Luther was arrested in February 2016 after authorities found her with fentanyl in her desk and testosterone propionate in her car parked at Pembroke Academy, where she served as dean of students.

She has since participated in both inpatient and outpatient drug treatment programs.

The New Hampshire Department of Education said in a statement Tuesday that it sought the revocation of Luther’s teaching credentials given the nature of her convictions.

“Ensuring that our students are safe in the classroom and in the school community is a top priority for the Department of Education,” said Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “Thankfully incidents involving a certified educator pleading guilty to a criminal offense such as this are extremely rare. However, when they do occur, the Department of Education acts quickly and takes all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our students while being mindful of the rights of our educators.”