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Ridgewood Teacher Accused of Shoplifting Not Facing Suspension

Village police say Adolfo Noya, a middle school Spanish teacher, walked out of Whole Foods without paying the $82.30 bill.

A Ridgewood middle school teacher accused of stealing $82 worth of grocery items will not be suspended while awaiting his day in court, according to the school district.

Adolfo Noya, 47 of Wyckoff, entered the Godwin Avenue Whole Foods on Oct. 25, where a security guard observed him load 15 items into a canvas tote bag before exiting without paying, police said Monday.

Store employees stopped Noya in the parking lot at around 5 p.m. where police arrived and arrested the 7th grade George Washington Middle School teacher on charges of shoplifting.

The total value of the alleged theft – including the $7 tote bag – is $82.30, Ridgewood Police Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke told Patch Monday afternoon. It mostly contained food items, she added.

Noya, who has taught Spanish in Ridgewood since 2000, will not be suspended before his court date, Ridgewood superintendent Daniel Fishbein said in a written statement.

Fishbein said he could not speak on the specific case due to personnel matters being confidential, but said the district will wait for the legal process to run its course.

"Allegations or accusations made against any person are not the same as findings of guilt," Fishbein said, speaking generally about the process. "When and if guilt is determined or someone’s presence is a detraction to the educational process and action is necessary, please be assured all necessary statutes and codes will be followed.”

Noya also could not be reached for comment Monday. School records show the native of Spain is scheduled to make a salary of $87,435 in the current school year.

The teacher's court date was rescheduled from Nov. 15 to Jan. 3.

Craig Hueneke November 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM
JAFO..So you're saying that a security guard at Whole Foods and the local police officer should be the Judge, Jury and Executioner? All due respect to the security guard, and the local police, but ahhhh... NO THANKS! I'd rather have my day in court before a jury thank you! BTW JAFO you may want to look into relocating to Communist China. I think you would fit in good there! Argh!
Craig Hueneke November 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Ridgewood Mom- First off.... you seriously need to take a deep breath. Every-time someone criticizes a teacher on here you get all "uppity". Second, a lawyer, doctor or stock broker are not teachers! A teacher's responsibility is to inform and educate their students and the best way to do that is to INSPIRE the students and motivate them, and the best way to do that is to lead by example. Ah you may want to also read the NY Time or WSJ a little more often. There are plenty of lawyers, doctors, stock brokers that have been canned for their actions outside of the office. In fact, I had worked for a number of large law firms that had a "morals clause" in their employment contracts that stated that if you are found guilty of ANY crime outside of your scope of employment the firm has the absolute authority to terminate you with no recourse of the employee. And I have seen them invoke it a number of times. Doctor's and Stock Brokers are no different. It seems that the only ones that can get away with crap like this are the politicians..
Ridgewood Mom November 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I'm not sure that you understood my point Craig.
T. Powers November 21, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Of course stealing is wrong, but "let the punishment fit the crime" is in order here. It is perplexing, but there are many people who have compulsions that they struggle with, maybe he is one of them. It doesn't seem like the kind of thing that should ruin someone's life.
YOSEMITE SAM November 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
MORE TEACHER TENURE SCAM; THE REGULAR SHMO WOULD BE SUSPENDED "WITHOUT" PAY; THEN TERMINATED; NO DEFENSE HERE; ALL PREMEDITATED; SCHOOL BOARD WILL COME UP WITH SOME BS REASON AND LET HIM OFF; THEN EVERYONE SHOULD SHOPLIFT GROCERIES WHO DON'T MAKE $87.000.00 A YEAR THEN SUE FOR DISCRIMINATION WHEN THEY ARE FOUND TO BE NOT A TEACHER!!!!!!!!!!!! FOLLOW THIS ONE....................
YOSEMITE SAM November 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
RIDGEWOOD MOM: ARE YOU FOR REAL; YOU STEAL; YOU ARE GUILTY; YOU ARE FIRED; YOU ARE LOCKED UP; DOCTOR; LAWYER; INDIAN CHIEF; AND YOU FOR YOUR PATHETIC "REASONING"..................
YOSEMITE SAM November 21, 2012 at 06:16 PM
GOOD DEAL OR OVERPAID????????
YOSEMITE SAM November 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
IF HE IS CAUGHT OUTSIDE WITH GROCERIES FROM WHOLE FOODS THAT WERE NOT PAID FOR; THIS IS GUILTY TO ME; LOCK HIM UP AND FIRE HIM; I AM SURE THERE ARE UNEMPLOYED TEACHERS TO FILL THE POSITION AT A POSSIBLE ENTRY LEVEL RATE; JUSTICE IS SERVED AND THE RIDGEWOOD TAXPAYERS GET SOME SOLACE!
YOSEMITE SAM November 21, 2012 at 06:23 PM
SOUNDS LIKE AN EXCUSE AN EXPIRENCED SHOPLIFTER WOULD USE IF CAUGHT; HHHMMMMMMMMMM!!!
jp1 November 21, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Ridgewood Mom maybe not overpaid but probably still a thief.
barbara November 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
What kind of intelligence can this teacher have that he didn't even think that he should probably not shoplift from the store in the same town where he is employed as a teacher.....I mean at least go to Paramus Whole Foods to shoplift. It's the ol saying....you never s--- where you sleep. He should be put on unpaid leave until his JANUARY court date which is what would happen to a police officer in the same situation. Taxpayers should demand accountability.
Jon November 24, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I can't begin to imagine what's going wrong for this 47 year old man to risk throwing away his career for $87..There obviously is a lot more to the story, and we will never know it, just doesn't make sense..whatever it is stealing isn't the answer
longtimer66 November 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Agree with Craig and some others here. As a small biz owner, when we do projects for many higher-profile clients, I must often sign agreements that state if I or any employee on the project is formally charged with a big variety of offenses, the client can either withhold payment and/or cancel the contract, in some cases paying for work done to that point- and in some cases, not. Big firms often make smaller vendors sign such things -- if you don't, you won't get the gig. Often these clauses refer to things that have nothing at all to do with the work involved on the project. However, clients view it as going to character and insist on such language quite often. These contracts usually state that if CONVICTED, the client has to pay nothing and has all rights to any work done to that point as well. But just for being CHARGED, many rather drastic things can happen-- even if later the outcome is not guilty. Theft of any kind is a very typical item in such contracts, and there are usually many others too. A teacher in this situation should be suspended without pay until the conclusion of a hearing. Otherwise you are sending a message to students and the community that --at least to me-- is the wrong one. After all, as a biz owner, that's what I have to agree to if I want to get projects from many larger companies- so do all competitors. So it does not seem unfair to me to hold a teacher to the same (or even higher) standards.
E J Fritz November 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Game on T.powers...it's a misdemeanor crime. The only issue here is that he is a teacher.
YOSEMITE SAM November 24, 2012 at 08:26 PM
SO CRAIG; YOUR POINT ISTHE LAMEST DRIBBLE I HAVE HEARD YET; THIS "TEACHER" IS A CRIMINAL; AND IF YOU DO NOT SEE THAT THEN YOU ARE A MORON; HOW IS THAT FOR UPPITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU STEAL; GUITY; FIRED; DOCTORS; LAWYERS; INDIAN CHIEF'S; NO EXCEPTIONNS.............................
YOSEMITE SAM November 24, 2012 at 08:29 PM
THATS EASY TENURE SCAM; THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE BECAUSE A TEACHER;
Ridgewood Mom November 25, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Maybe. And teachers may even be overpaid, depending on what we expect to get from them. I only said that there was an inconsistency, in comments above, between thinking that we should expect a higher moral standard for teachers than we would for many other professions (and I think, perhaps, that we SHOULD expect such a higher standard), and the suggestion, also in comments above, that teachers are overpaid.
Walter Tuers November 25, 2012 at 04:51 AM
WOW! What a prime example of the public jumping to a conclusion and prejudging an individual based upon a report.
Fan of Ridgewood November 30, 2012 at 09:35 PM
it is incredibly rare that i agree with Ridgewood Mom, but i do this time. If guilty, he should be pay whatever the penalty. But it's a misdemeanor that doesnt involve his job or children. I dont think he should lose his job over it.
Sue December 01, 2012 at 04:38 AM
This is ridiculouss that these God foresaken teacher's unions protect the teachers who steal, cheat, come to school after drinking alcocholic drinks etc etc. They are caught, their hands are slapped, the union will get them out of trouble and will save their job and so on. Get rid of the union,treat these teachers like employee in the business world, and let's see how long they last in their job, not long.
YOSEMITE SAM December 01, 2012 at 11:07 AM
AS I SAID BEFORE TENNURE BULLSHIT NJEA A WING OF ORGANIZED CRIME IF IT WAS A STUDENT PROBABLY SUSPENDED
YOSEMITE SAM December 01, 2012 at 11:12 AM
THIS WING NUT IS A CRIMINAL; GO UNPUNISHED WHAT IS TO STOP HIM FROM ROBBING THE SCHOOL; HE IS A THEIF LETTING HIM OFF SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS
Ridgewood Mom December 01, 2012 at 11:00 PM
;)
its like that December 02, 2012 at 11:15 AM
i agree with Sue. There is no reason to have a teachers union. No one has said the teachers work is easy or not vital. Teachers are educated professionals with very important jobs. That said , things have shifted so far the other way for the teachers it is crazy. Teachers have more perks than any other professional group and have more time off in a year than most professionals take in 5 yrs.They have the shortest workday possible. Yes, I understand they may work a few hours at home weekends or evenings with lesson plans(mostly early in their careers..then its by rote) and certainly grading takes time (although I doubt that most put in the time that is really needed to critique/grade correctly) but every professional I know first works a 10hr day (and often much much more) then comes home and also puts in a few hours at night, weekends and holidays. Of yeah most professionals also put in these same hours from late June to mid August also with maybe one week of vacation thrown in there. I respect teachers but the pendulum has swung way the other way . I feel bad for this teacher...his money woes could be for a million different reasons (just like all of us) or he may have no money issues and be suffering from mental disease. In any case he was caught red handed and no longer can possibly have the respect or attention from the classroom. If by some miracle he is found not guilty I would certainly welcome him back
thetentman December 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Yosemite Sam, either you're caps lock is on or you are just a doofus. Oh yeah start taking you're meds again.
Harvey April 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Certainly a lot of Wholes making comments on this page. A Wholes. How do we know what the real story is here? So fast to shoot, ask questions later.
YOSEMITE SAM April 12, 2013 at 06:08 AM
I knew from day one her would not be suspended; its the tenure scam; anyone else caught; big fine ; possible jail time ; possible community service; there real issue here is preferential treatment towards "teachers".........
Peter Roth June 04, 2013 at 04:02 PM
I may not know the whole story here, and maybe a tragedy occurred where he was so lost in his thoughts that he just forgot, but there seem to be three givens: 1) GW teacher, Adolfo Noya, 47, of Wyckoff, was charged by the Ridgewood PD with walking out of WF with $82.30 worth of goods and not paying for them. 2) The Ridgewood school system did not find a reason to suspend or punish Adolfo Noya as the action did not detract from the educational process. 3) At least the kids on my street view him as someone they don’t like, they don’t trust, and they don’t want to be taught by. Not saying that kids are the litmus test for teaching excellence because they may have a hard teacher that they may not like now, but later in life they may realize how much they learned, but generally, when my kids like a teacher, it’s more fun for them, they seem to learn better and they get better grades. My daughter is not taking a language this year at GW, but when she does, I will give her a choice. If she does not want him as her teacher, I will speak out about it. This is no different than when we hear about a popular teacher, or a teacher with a bad reputation. I as a parent will do whatever I can, within my means, to give my kids the best. Btw, I work for a Telecom company, and if I would be charged with walking out of a store without paying, no matter what the reason, I will be out of a job faster than you can say, “Pack your box”.
YOSEMITE SAM June 05, 2013 at 05:14 AM
MORE PATHETIC "TENURE" SCAM..... I CALLED IT MONTHS AGO THE RIDGEWOOD SCHOOL BOARD WOULD GIVE HIM A PASS; NJEA ORGANIZED CRIME AT ITS FINEST............
YOSEMITE SAM June 05, 2013 at 05:15 AM
DECENT PARENTS CAN FORCE THE FIRING; DEMAND THEIR CHILDREN BE RE ASSIGNED TO ANOTHER "TEACHER"

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