Parkway teacher faces meth charges

By Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal

AMORY – A teacher at Parkway Elementary School in Tupelo is out on bond after her weekend arrest on charges involving crystal meth.
Teresa Dill-Johnson, 46, of Amory was arrested Saturday by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. She has been charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture and possession of a controlled substance.
She was released on a $10,000 bond.
Also arrested was Michael Lee Soden, 28, of Amory. He was charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture and possession of a controlled substance, also crystal meth.
Soden was still in Monroe County Detention Center on Tuesday. His bond was set at $20,000.
Dill-Johnson formerly taught a gifted class at Aberdeen Elementary School during the 1990s. She has taught in the Tupelo Public School District for over a decade and taught at Rankin Elementary before moving to Parkway when the school opened in 2002. She taught gifted classes at the school.
Johnson has been on leave from her teaching job since Nov. 10, TPSD Superintendent Randy Shaver said in a statement.
With her arrest, she will be suspended pending the completion of an internal district investigation.