A North Carolina teacher says she was suspended because the district found out she’s a part-time pole dancing instructor.

Kandice Mason works at West Hoke County Middle School in Raeford. She posted a video of her dancing on her private Facebook page. The school district found out about it and suspended her.

“I was really excited! I had already been given my classroom.”

— Kandice Mason

“I was really excited,” Mason told WSOC. “I had already been given my classroom.”

The single mother of two has a masters in psychology, bachelors in English and a certificate in phlebotomy.

She’s also a self-taught pole dancer, using it to unwind in her home after long days in the classroom.

“That’s how I stay in shape,” Mason said. “That’s how I feel like I can express myself and have time for myself.”

Hoke County Schools would not specify why Mason was suspended but cited a policy that says employees should be role models even when they’re not at work.

“I’ve worked so hard to try and make sure I can provide for my daughters and our livelihood to have it jeopardized just for doing something that I’m passionate about,” Mason said.