Ashburn elementary school teacher arrested, accused of drinking in school


A Loudoun County Elementary School teacher is accused of drinking on the job.

In a press release issued Tuesday, June 6, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said late last month, deputies responded to Newton-Lee elementary school for a “possible medical emergency involving a teacher.” As they responded, they found alcohol in 41-year-old Teresa Folsom’s classroom. Folsom was subsequently arrested and charged with drinking and possessing alcohol on school grounds.

Tuesday afternoon, Newton-Lee Principal Shawn Lyons sent parents a statement, that in part, explained Folsom was on leave. You can read it in full here:

“To the Newton-Lee Elementary community,

Today, there was a media report concerning one of our teachers, Teresa Folsom, who was arrested for drinking/possessing alcohol in public. This involved the discovery of alcohol in her classroom at Newton-Lee. Because this is an ongoing legal and personnel issue, there is nothing more I can say about it. The teacher is currently on leave. If you wish to express a concern to me, you may contact me at (retracted for privacy.)    

Shawn Lyons


Folsom was released from the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on Friday, June 1 on a personal recognizance bond. Her trial is set for July.

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