A Queens public school teacher spent the first day of class behind bars Thursday after she was accused of swiping $8,000 in supplies meant for sixth and seventh grade science class, officials said.
Sherran Fields, 44, allegedly stole “science bundles” — education supplies, worksheets and teacher resources — used by teachers at Intermediate School 59 on Ridgedale St. in Springfield Gardens, cops said.
She put the stolen goods in her car without permission from the school principal on Aug. 21 and never returned them, according to police.
Police arrested Fields Wednesday evening after the city Department of Education filed a criminal complaint against her.
Her lawyer, William Martin, said Fields wasn’t stealing the supplies, but was simply “safeguarding” them to prevent the school’s principal from passing them out to staff members who weren’t certified to have them.
“I will be calling for an investigation. All she was doing was securing the materials,” Martin said.
He said Fields was the only one at the school who attended a workshop required to receive the supplies. "She wasn’t stealing anything. There was no skulduggery. The principal was going to give them to whatever,” Fields said. “A whole night in jail for this?”
Fields has been a teacher at IS 59 since 2006. She began her career with the city Department of Education in 2002, a spokeswoman for the agency said.
“This alleged behavior is completely unacceptable, and we reassigned this teacher away from students when we became aware of the allegation," said Education Department spokeswoman Danielle Filson. "She will remain reassigned pending the outcome of the case.”
She made $104,000 with the DOE last year, according to the website SeeThroughNY.
Fields appeared at her arraignment in Queens Criminal Court in a wheelchair Thursday, holding a metal cane. She’s charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
She was briefly hospitalized after complaining of pains while in custody, officials said.
Fields was released on her own recognizance. She declined comment Thursday.
With John Annese