TUCKAHOE - A Tuckahoe High School math teacher has been charged with grand larceny after being accused of stealing more than $26,000 from a school account.

Dorothy Lepore, of Carmel, was the treasurer for a Tuckahoe Middle and High School student government organization.

Police say she took money from fundraising events for students and used it for her own purposes.

Yonkers Interim School Superintendent Michael Yazurlo says he knew Lepore when he was in charge of the Tuckahoe district and says the allegations are totally unexpected.

"This is a highly dedicated competent teacher that really cared about the kids and did a very good job," Yazurlo said.

Lepore has been released without bail. If convicted, she could face seven years in prison.