8th Grade Teacher Arrested In Ecstasy Selling Case

DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver have arrested an eighth grade science teacher who is accused of selling ecstasy to an undercover cop.

Jordan Marcowitz was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly planned to meet and sell drugs to someone who was later revealed as an undercover officer at a gas station at Speer Boulevard and Zuni Street.

Marcowitz has been placed on administrative leave from his teaching position at Shadow Ridge Middle School.

Marcowitz is facing charges of possession and distribution of a controlled substance. The district attorney plans to formally charge him on Monday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Marcowitz, 31, was contacted by an officer over the phone asking to buy “molly,” which is also known as ecstasy, for $200.

Officers said they tracked Marcowitz from his home in Denver to a Shell gas station where the sale was made at a pay phone.

“We were just informed late last night that he had been arrested on a narcotics related charge,” Joe Ferdani with School District 12 said.

Officials with Adams 12 Five Star Schools placed Marcowitz on administrative leave while the case is pending. They were completely unaware that he was being investigated for selling drugs.

“I know that for any employee in the district, they go through a background check process and all staff are subject to a background check,” Ferdani said.

LINK: Arrest Affidavit

  • tanya

    you know, this is my child’s teacher. we noticed he had unprofessional behavior. i.e. cursing, telling the kids stories about getting drunk etc. wow this is ridiculous!

    • Alicia

      whose parent are you? I know this may sound a little strange but this is very concerning to my brother and he would like to know. so if you could please reply to my comment or email me at QueanOFMusic@gmail.com it would be hugely appreciated thanks!

      • tanya

        my daughter is sydney williams. when i met him, i was kind of put off. she would tell me things about him that just didn’t sit right with me. to make more ironic is , we were talking about him this morning. i really didn’t think that he was ”teacher type”. i guess this is something that he had been doing for a while, and with volume. there’s no way that he would have alerted the police. very sad.

    • ShockedandDismayed

      I am shocked and dismayed by all the hurtful comments that several of you students and parents are leaving. Jordan was a great teacher, and I guarantee that most of the parents and students who are saying mean things either a) never had him as a teacher or b) are terrible students or parents of students who should have been expelled. While I don’t know what his inner thought process was, I can only assume that part of what led Jordan into this situation was to supplement his low income teaching job because that was the only way he could afford to do what he loved. You should be ashamed of yourselves for judging someone you know nothing about. Mind your own business!

  • Alicia

    OMG! That’s my brother’s teacher!!!!!!!!!! :0

  • Angelica

    I had him last year. He was my favorite teacher by far. I was planning on coming to the school to visit him :/ He was so cool and it’s sad to see this happen :(

  • Danielle

    This is unbelievable this is wrong u better get fired from my school i dont want u as a teacher u dont deserve to b aroundany of us!! no wonder u told crazy weird stories u big creep i knew something was up u dont cuss and tell kids about weird things outside of school!!

    • lalalala

      1. learn how to spell.
      2. He was an amazing teacher. You sound so ignorant. How does what he did make him a creep?? People like you are pathetic. Stop trying to say stuff when you don’t even know what’s going on.

      • SRazo

        I completely agree with you.
        Thank you for the post.

      • Drew

        How does this make him a creep? You are the ignorant one lala. For starters it show extreamly bad judgement. The fact he was a teacher says he spent 4 years in college and no doubt close to $80,000 on training for a career that he chose to flush down the toilet selling drugs. He will bever work as a teacher again. He will most likley never get a good job now becaue he might have a fleony on his record after the trial. Not to mention he is part of the problem with society. Getting people hooked on a potentially deadly drug. Ignorant indeed!

  • mercadies landis

    he’s my teacher this year or at least he was. he was such a amazing teacher, wheni heard this, this shocked me! he was by far one of the best teachers you can have, hes really a good guy but just ended messing up in the end.

    • denvervet

      Judging from your gramitical errors he wasn’t a very good teacher at all!

      • NO NAME

        first of all if you are going to call some one out on so called “GRAMMATICAL ERRORS”, perhaps you should take an english lesson yourself, sir. this man is a SCIENCE teacher, not an ENGLISH teacher…learning a basic understanding of grammar and spelling comes way before 8th grade science, i’m sorry to say.

  • Tamara

    This is my son’s teacher. I’m not surprzed to here this! He told me that he didnt like this teacher he was mean, cursed and would send him out of the classroom for no reason. I did contact the school about this and knew something was wrong when I spoke to my son’s other teachers and they all said that they dont have issues with my son. Please take this as a lesson. If your child tells you of strange things that happening at their school that you dont agree with contact the school as inform them of what you are being told. If more parents did take the time to do this more inappropriate teachers wouldnt get away with some of the stuff that they do. I am glad to see that this is now up in the air for him to be looked at more. Dont mistake what I am saying we have some AMAZING TEACHERS out their but just as in everything there is always a bad egg somewhere!

    • Efrain Cabrera

      You Son Got Kicked out for a reason, Your Son needs to realize that cusing are just meaningless words, you just take it to far, and yea the other teachers are right, nothing is wrong, and so called strange things are called reality checks, i understand your consern with your son, but hes almost a high schooler, almost independent. but hes growing up and needs to know that theres material like that in life, but he dident rape any one, never was a perve, never was aagressive. he made a mistake, give him a break. if you made a mistake, wouldent you want a chance?

      • Ramon

        This man didn’t belong in any school. And, if you Efrain, had any kind if education you would know this. It’s sad to see that you attend this school and can’t spell!!! With that said, you might want to rethink your future with the school you attend.

      • Mandy&Rebecca Rivera

        I agree with Efrain Mr. Marcowitz was my 8th grade teacher and I am now in 10th grade. I remember kids that thought they were cool and could take advantage of teachers always getting on my nerves and Mr. Marcowitz knew that. Those are the kids that get kicked out of the classroom and then run home and say they did nothing, so there parents get mad even though there child did do something wrong. I learned so much from him, and he was very funny. I learned to love Chemistry because of him. His class was never dull. I went into honors next year, and now I am a promising student. The people that are writing rude comments about him are the lazy, loud, people that didnt like him because he was right. He gave us all reality checks on life. He may have not been fit for a middleschool teacher but he was ideal for a highschool. I dont like that he may or may not have done this but that does not change my opinion on him. I honestly wish him the best.

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  • Sarah

    Marcowitz was such an amazing teacher, he never siezed to make his students laugh. I loved being in his class it’s such a shame that this happened to him. Because he is such an outstanding teacher, anyone who ad him was extremely lucky!!

  • Marissa

    I cant believe this!!!!! I new something was up, this guy has a problem he curses at kids and now hes a drug dealer!!!!!! That’s crazy. i go to shadow ridge middle school and i never EVER want this guy back at our school!!!

    • Bree

      Don’t judge him you’ve NEVER meet him, If you know him you wouldn’t say that about him, Hes a amazing person and does NOT deserve this.

      • Drew

        Yes he does deserve it……he breaks the law. He is not an amazing person. Amazing people don’t need to use cuss words (no, cussing does not make you sound more mature), Amazing people do not share drunken party stories with impressionable young people who think that is cool. Amazing people don’t flush their career down the drain selling drugs. 31 selling drugs, cussing in a classroom in inappropriate given his position and the audience, and party stories tell me he has a problem with judgement.

    • Not You

      Why not? he was a teacher and he was good at teaching. that was his job. He didn’t do anything wrong to his students. Yeah what he did wasn’t right but it shouldn’t have to involve you. Did you even know him? I hate when people try to get involved in stuff that doesn’t involve them at all.

    • (No name)

      Okay, dude. He is an amazing teacher. He’s a good guy in general. Yes he cusses, so does everyone else. Everyone cusses, its meaningless words.
      You do not even know this guy to even say anything about him. Drug dealer?
      NOT everything you hear is true, young middle schooler.

  • Alexis

    Mr.Marcowitz was one of the best teachers i loved showing up to his class i learned and had FUN. Something NO other teacher could do. Yes he cussed talked about his life outside of school but that’s what made him a good teacher because he was a kid just like all his students, there was NEVER a time i wasn’t laughing while in his class. This wasn’t a real shock to me like it was to everyone else, he made a big mistake! I went and saw him like 3 times this year and now it’s sad to know my Favorite teacher is gone.

  • Andre

    He was my teacher a few years ago. This is terrible to hear. He helped me through a very rough time in my life and I hate to see this happen. I always planned to go see him and I wish I would have. He was most definitely a great teacher. The juxtoposition between him and many other teachers is extremely abundant. Yes, he cussed but so do many other teachers! He did tell stories but it helped us learn about life; he went the extra steps in teaching. He helped improve my experiences at Shadow Ridge. He may have made a mistake as we all do but I hope all goes alright in the long run. Marcowitz is by far a very important person in my life.

  • Ricardo

    i cant believe this! i had him a couple years ago and he was the coolest teacher i had and i still think he the best.. i think he made a mistake and i hope he gets it together

  • Michelle

    Mr. Marcowitz was the best teacher anyone could ask for. For all you parents and current students complaining about him, its complete nonsense. Marcowitz was all about life lessons in his class, sure he cussed, but these are 8th graders we’re talking about, if you parents honestly think your kids dont cuss I believe its time for a reality check. Its not like this teacher even had the drug around the kids at the school either, so close your mouth. please and thank you.
    I had the pleasure to have Marcowitz as a teacher 2 years ago, and he essentially wanted us to learn from his mistakes, sure this is an obstacle that he’s having to go thru, thank necessarily shouldnt have gone public, but everyone cant hate a teacher who knows how to educate who was faced against an issue that everyone faces at least once in your life.

    Marcowitz, hope everything turns out well, good luck to you♥

    • SRazo

      I couldn’t agree with you more!
      He is by far one of the best teachers and definitely my sons favorite teacher!
      Because he was not afraid to tell students the mistakes he made does not make him a horrible teacher nor is he “unprofessional”.
      I truly hope everything works out !

    • Efrain Cabrera


      • Drew

        A crime is breaking the law. Criminals break the law. Selling illegal drugs is a crime, He sold illegal drugs. He is a criminal.

    • Drew

      “Marcowitz was all about life lessons “….let this be a lesson to you then.
      “sure he cussed, but these are 8th graders we’re talking about”….yea 8th graders are obnoxious anyway and this is a bad example to set.
      “Its not like this teacher even had the drug around the kids at the school either”….you don’t know that.

      You will learn from this mistake…….if you become a teacher….don’t sell drugs on the side ‘else you flush your career down the toilet. He will never work as a teacher again.

      • Michelle

        It’s a damn mistake. He’s human. And no, he did not have the drugs around the kids “Drew”. I think as one of his students I would know if I were offered drugs or not. If you’re going to complain about someone you dont even know its complete BS. Way to judge, your parents raised you well.

  • Michelle

    *that necessarily

    • Alex Selepec

      if this is Michelle Guzman, i love you girly and agree with u also!

  • Jazzy

    I would just like to say, he was one of the coolest teachers in the Shadow Ridge building. You didn’t even have to be in his class. He was one of those people who always walked down the hall with a smile on his face saying hi to everyone, familiar or not. He did bring something other teachers didn’t. I don’t think this mistake had anything to do with his teaching ability. i have many teachers now who do many of the same things so saying you could tell or that it didn’t seem right doesn’t seem like a fair statement to someone. He made a mistake like all humans do, and this is just another lesson us students can learn from him.

    • Emily


    • Alicia

      I totally agree with you. I saw him in the hallway many times and he always said hi to me. And I was hoping to have him next year but now that’s ruined :( But he’s a human being just like all of us we ALL make mistakes live and learn people! Live and learn.
      Mr.Marcowitz no matter what happens I will always admire you as an awesome teacher, you just made a bad choice but don’t let that rule your life.

      • Lynne

        Agreed, bad choice and I hope he does not let it ruin his life and find the help he needs, he is human, people make mistakes and I am hopeful he will learn from them.

  • Melissa

    Um i wasn’t in his class but i have had an ongoing conversation with him and duh hes arrested!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! An i do believe it he was a creep

    • Disappointed

      Are you kidding me? You had A conversation with him?? Yeah, I had a conversation with a cashier once and somehow I know everything about who he is too.

    • Wow

      If your judging him, your the creep,

      • Danielle

        U guys need to stop sticking up for him its like u guys are agreeing to this choice and thats wrong!!!!!!!

  • Lynne

    I just would like to add this, I am a parent of two students whom have attended Shadow Ridge. My 10th Grade son had him when he attended shadow Ridge 2 years ago, this was the first time I met him at parent teacher conferences. My son talked VERY highly of him and his teaching skills, he enjoyed his class and learned a lot from him. My youngest son is now a 8th grade student whom has been a student of his this year. He also had nothing but the greatest respect for him and enjoys his class as well. Needless to say both of my sons were very saddened and shocked to hear this news. If he is find guilty, as I am sure he will be, I hope that he will get help for his problems as he is a great teacher. With help and if he has an addiction problem or what have you I hope he can seek the help he needs, I do not feel people should be punished for an addiction/disease for the rest of there lives he they get treatment. He is human, I feel sad for him and my kids. I hope he can teach one day again and use this experience to share with his students.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for being the one parent to not judge him and completely get it right :)

      • Christina

        Yes, thank you. Its good to know someone is here to stand up for those of us that apparently do not have a voice(:

    • WithoutJudgment

      Lynne, Thank you not only for taking a human, respectful approach as a parent, but for recognizing that one ALLEGED decision or mistake does not make or break the worth or value of a teacher or a human in general.

      Although Mr. Markowitz has been charged, he has not been convicted. The last time I checked, the burden of proof in America rested on INNOCENCE first – it’s unfortunate that so many forget this when they judge for themselves. Further, if any of you actually read the affidavit or the article itself you would note that in NO WAY is Markowitz suspected of having illicit substances in or around school or your children.

      Set an example for your children and remember how to be adult, how to be human, and how to reserve judgment until you have the absolute facts in a situation. Until you do that, you are no better than the alleged criminal in question – a man who obviously had an extremely positive effect on many, many kids with whom he came in to contact.

  • Efrain Cabrera

    You know,,, He was My Best Friend,,, We would always chat,,, You people need to understand that hes only human, and yeah he was hard on us sometimes, just learn that life isent easy and we make mistakes, don’t instantly convict him as a criminal, Ya he sold drugs, bad on his part, but give the man a break, hes amazing funny guy, He’s someones kid, and a great teacher, i wouldn’t of made it through 8th grade with out him, he helps lots of students, more good than bad. This is great man, you just have to know, him

  • arman

    i knew it would hapen soner or laterand sencee late last night he was on his phone alot. Hi evry one from shadow

    • denvervet

      I think all of his students should be REQUIRED to learn how to communicate in proper english, these are our future ditch diggers and restaurant dishwashers…..OMG, I would have been so embarrassed if I wrote like these kids do and they are in middle and high school? Holy Jesus!

      • Michelle

        Says the person saying “Holy Jesus”

    • cailey angell

      HEY ARMAN :)

  • Former student

    I would just like to say on behalf of some former students.. This guy is a creep!! He has been this way for years!!! Asking young girls if they smoke weed or if they have boyfriends is NOT Appropriate. What is more disturbing is the fact the district can’t account for drug testing!! I could see how he is being described as such a “cool” teacher…

    • Angelica Swanson (ANOTHER former student)

      I would just like to say on behalf of the other 90% of former students.. Mr. Marcowitz was THE best teacher I ever had. Yes, the best TEACHER. Not friend. He made me want to be a teacher. He kept students’ attention with his humor. He was a real guy. He never judged other students like many of my other teachers did. He saw the best in all of his students and strived to help them succeed. I remember once when he had my mother and I stay after a presentation so he could tell my mom what promise I had :) I was (and still am) his Little Jewish Princess :D Sincerely, “Swanny”

    • Alicia

      Were all human all of us make mistakes and he is NOT a creep! Okay, and he is a cool teacher don’t be a jerk! >:p

  • Former student

    LOL!! Little one… Maybe we should check your locker…A mistake is a mistake.. It happens once.. Not over a 4 years.. He will never be the ‘COOL” teacher again :(

    • Alicia

      Okay go ahead check my locker! I bet you’ll find NOTHING in there besides pencils, water bottles, and paper. I am a STRAIGHT A student, in National Junior Honor Society, and on Honer Roll. And SO, I bet you’ve mad a TON of mistakes in your life also! He will always be a cool teacher to me. So what if he made a bad choice! Like I keep on saying were all human and we ALL make mistakes! WE LIVE AND WE LEARN!!! Stop making the man look like a criminal because he is not!!! >:(

      • Rob

        Honor is the way you spell it. If that is what gets you on the honor role in Denver it explains a lot.

      • Former student

        All of you are right!! He will have his day in court.. Keep thinking that it was a mistake… Whatever makes you feel better…

  • Former Student.

    Mr. Marcowitz was one of the greatest teachers I’ve encountered. Period. He taught his students, and more importantly, he CARED about his students. He’s not a creep and he’s not some low-life. Maybe he doesn’t stick to the traditional text-book teaching style, but he always did his job. And for those concerned parents, you should be concerned for your children but not over this matter. There are worse evils in this world He would never try to harm any of his students. And yes, we don’t all have the same opinions, but as a former student, I am proud to have had him as my teacher.

    • Alicia

      I totally and absolutely agree with you! I hope he will be okay :(

  • Pare

    He was my teacher back in 8th grade!!! It’s so sad to see this, he was such an inspirational teacher, I learned soooo much in his class! Yes his teaching methods were different but thats what made his class. He was an amazing teacher and a great person! He was not in any way bad at all, he didn’t hit on any of his student like some of you are implying and he wasn’t all about drugs in any way. He connected with his students by what they would talk about in class. He wasnt creepy either the reason you thought that was cause you didn’t know him as a teacher. I enjoyed having Marcowitz as a teacher. My prayers go out to Mr. Marcowitz

    • denvervet

      You would be inspirational too if you were on extacy all the time! It is what it is.

  • Migrant3

    I wonder if the CEA (teacher’s union) lawyers rally to support him?

  • Melissa

    WE DO KNOW WHATS GOING ON!!!!!!!!!!! DUH LOOK AT THE WEBSITE!!!!!!!! He was my teacher!!!!!!!!!!! and i would no he was amazing and he does need to learn that what he did was wrong but i still admire him

  • christina

    Mr. Marcowitz was BY FAR the best science teacher at shadow ridge middle school. I know what he did was wrong, but people make mistakes…no matter how big his mistake was, he shouldn’t be judged. To hear some of you people that didn’t know him judge my 8th grade teacher like this is highly disturbing…so to all you people who didn’t know him personally, frankly your opinion doesn’t matter.

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