Stephanie Alfano

A former Groesbeck Independent School District sixth grade teacher reportedly had methamphetamine in her possession when Temple officers arrested her.

Stephanie Alfano, 49, of Marlin, resigned from the district after her arrest, according to Groesbeck ISD. Friday would have been her final day as a teacher with the district, Stephanie Ingram, Groesbeck ISD’s business office manager, said.

Temple Police officers went at about 11:30 p.m. to check on a sleeping woman in a white 2005 Nissan Sentra near 29th Street and Adams Avenue, Officer Shawana Neely said Friday.

Alfano was asleep and seemed to be under the influence of a substance or medication, which led officers to ask her permission to do a search.

She gave her permission, and officers found less than a gram of what looked like crystal methamphetamine in a purse, Neely said.

Alfano told the officers that she was on her way back from the Belton High School graduation.

She was released Friday from the Bell County Jail on a $25,000 bond, charged with possession of a penalty Group 1 controlled substance less than one gram, a state jail felony, Bell County Chief Deputy Chuck Cox said Monday.

If convicted, Alfano could be sentenced to from 180 days to two years in state jail and be fined up to $10,000, according to the Texas Penal Code.

Alfano’s biography on the Groesbeck ISD website said that she attended the University of Southern Mississippi and attained her bachelor’s degree with a major in English and a minor in psychology.

She has four children, her biography said.