A teacher who resigned from her job after having sex with a 16-year-old pupil is now happily married to him with three children.
Natasha Miller, a former English teacher at Tararua College in Pahiatua, New Zealand was 23-years old when she met Year 12 student Hayden MacDonald, 16, in 2006. Thirteen years later they are still together and are both teachers in the area, the NZ Herald reports.
After her secret tryst with the student was discovered, Ms. Miller was forced to resign from her job. The pair later gave a tell-all interview to Women’s Weekly where they spoke about their love for each other.
On how she slowly developed feelings for her pupil, who she said seemed to be more mature than his classmates, she said: ‘The assignments he handed in were well above the level of his age group and I respected his maturity,’ she said at the time.
‘Hayden was polite and respectful and we had things in common like music and hobbies.’
Ms. Miller later gave her mobile number to Hayden, who then received a text message from her reminding him to do his homework.
The pair continued to text back and forth before they agreed to meet one-on-one.
On his feelings for the teacher, Hayden said: ‘A lot of the boys at school were talking about her. She was young and really attractive so that made lessons a lot better,’ he said at the time.
Hayden’s mother Gaile later confirmed the secret relationship between her son and Ms.Miller after reading the text messages on his phone.
Instead of asking Hayden to end the relationship, Gaile asked Ms. Miller to come over to the house.
Ms. Miller said as soon as she pulled her car up to the front, Hayden walked outside and led her into the house where his parents were waiting for them.
After explaining their situation, Ms. Miller was given an ultimatum: end the relationship, or resign from her position at the school.
She said that as Hayden walked her back to the car the pair shared their ‘first-kiss’.
The English teacher later made the decision to resign and drove to the principal’s house and handed in her resignation.
According to Mail Online, New Zealand teaching authority Teachers Council did not investigate Ms. Miller as she was a student teacher and had not been a registered teacher at the time.13 years after they met, Ms. Miller and Hayden are now married and raising a family – two boys and one girl.