Tamara Hofmann, a 48-year-old teacher in East Valley, Arizona, has been the center of a “love” triangle that has ended in the death of a former student. In reality, it was more of a “sex” triangle.
The story is carried in the East Valley Tribune written by Gary Grado and Mike Sakal of the Tribune. Their article, “Teacher in deadly love triangle had been disciplined by former school, tells about the escapades of Tamara Hofmann that have left one man dead and has virtually ended her teaching career.
In 2006 she was let go from her teaching job at Marcos de Niza High School after she was found in a questionable situation with then student 17-year-old Sixto Balbueno.
After being let go from this position she took a job at El Dorado High School which is an at-risk charter school. She then picked up where she left off beginning a relationship with 18-year-old Samuel Valdivia.
As an aside, Hofmann was going through a messy divorce from 2007.
Valdivia was phoned by Hofmann late in the evening as reported by his family who claim they did not know he was seeing Hofmann.
Balbueno had joined the Navy and came home on leave. He called Hofmann and got no response so he went over to her home. Failing to get a response, he let himself into the home where he heard Valdivia and Hofmann in the bedroom. They took refuge in the bathroom.
At that point Balbueno forced his way in and finding them in various states of undress stabbed Valdivia and beat Hofmann.
Balbueno claimed he only wanted to hurt Valdevia.
He is in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Hofmann’s academic career is notable in that she received a Master’s degree in 2003 with a 4.0 average.
The investigation into Hofmann’s activities was slowed down by the unwillingness of Balbueno to cooperate.
Historically when interviewed about her activities by the school, she said that she felt like the student (in this case Balbueno) was more a member of the family than a student.
It is interesting but the one incident I knew of when I was in school was never made public. There was not overt sex perhaps that is why. However, no doubt what was going on was amoral if not illegal.
The main problem wasn’t what happened from the physical standpoint rather the student who was a friend of mine developed real feelings for this teacher who was just playing around.
It took him a long time to get over it.