SOON after being fired from her teaching job, Ms Tiffany Shepherd found a new career - as a porn star.
Ms Shepherd, 31, claims she lost her job as a high school biology teacher after racy photos of her in a bikini surfaced.
The school, however, claims that the mother of three kids, aged 2, 6 and 9, was fired for taking too many days of sick leave.
Ms Shepherd made headlines in April after bikini-clad pictures of her on a fishing charter got her canned from Port StLucie High School, reported New York Daily News.
She said she turned to pornography after losing custody of two of her three kids to her ex-husband and sending out 2,500 resumes - some even to prisons - without landing a new teaching job.
She told Florida news outlet Page2live.com: 'I'm not particularly proud of it. To be honest, I hate it.
'I'm an educated woman, but I never thought it would come to this. No one gets brought up thinking they'll be a floozy.'
On screen, Ms Shepherd goes by the name Leah Lust and has filmed five feature films, including one titled My First Sex Teacher - in which she acts as someone in the very job she's been trying to get back.
Her pictures and videos have also appeared on the Internet.
Ms Shepherd told Page2live.com: 'It's very professional.
'Everyone's tested - for venereal diseases and Aids - and I'm carrying around my little piece of paper that says I'm fine.
'They love me because I take care of myself and I don't run out to party with my money.'
Ms Shepherd claims her problems began after she took a job working as a bikini hostess for a fishing charter owned by Captain Gil Coombes.
Captain Coombes, who owns a boat called 'Smokin 'Em', and his wife also own a pornographic web-cam studio called KLC productions.
After she was sacked, Ms Shepherd said Captain Coombes recommended the pornographic career as a way to make good money.
He said: 'We sat down with her and told her she'd never get a teaching job again.'
Ms Shepherd told news website RightCelebrities.com that Playboy magazine has also come knocking at her door, but she has not decided to take their offer yet.
According to Examiner.com, she said last year that she was uncertain whether posing nude would be a route she would take, but she may eventually do so in order to provide for her children.
This article was first published in The New Paper.