Risking It All: My Student, My Lover, My Story by Heather E. Ingram, Heather Ingram
In the spring of 2000, Heather Ingram, a 30-year-old high school teacher in a small town on the coast of British Columbia, was convicted of the sexual exploitation of a minor for having an affair with a 17-year-old student. A straight A student who graduated at the top of her high school class and won the award for top student in the secondary education program at the University of British Columbia, Ingram went on to become one of the most popular and highly respected teachers at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt, B.C. Trapped in an unhappy relationship that was undermining her self-confidence, Ingram found herself more and more drawn to Troy, a rebellious young student in her accounting class. She describes in unstinting detail how what began as a mild flirtation developed into a powerful attraction and then into a relationship of several years’ duration, which had the full support of Troy’s family. Ingram also describes the pain of going public with the affair, the loss of her job and her status in the community,her trial and conviction, and the ten months she spent under house arrest.
Heather Ingram received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University and a degree in education from the University of British Columbia. She taught high school for five years and now works as office administrator for an environmental consulting firm. She lives in Gibsons, British Columbia.
Table of Contents
Preface Prologue 1. The Three of Us Against the World 2. Mark 3. Small Town 4. Troy 5. Loneliness 6. Suspended 7. Crossing the Line 8. Morning 9. Gifts 10. Roller Coaster 11. Spring Break 12. Breakup 13. Happy Together 14. The Last Time I Am a Teacher 15. Fugitive 16. The Other Side 17. Isolation 18. Hitting Bottom 19. Rehabilitation 20. 49/51