Tiffany Shepherd, a biology teacher at Port St. Lucie High School, fired for Being Part of Bikini Crew on "Smokin' Em Charters" Fishing Boats.
The 30-year-old blonde from Fort Pierce – who has a pre-medical degree - performs the usual duties of a ship's mate, but wears a bikini and fetches drinks and sandwiches for the men on board. She took the job three weeks ago to help support her three young sons following a divorce.
"I can make $600 [£300] in two days' fishing," she said. "That's a week's pay for me."
Smokin' Em Charters, a Port St. Lucie-based company, has pictures of some of the bikini mates on its website - many of them partially nude - and says the only job requirement is to look "hot in a bikini".
Ms Shepherd, who said she does not go topless on the fishing boat, said she doesn't believe the job is inappropriate or at odds with her role as a teacher to high school students. "You don't wear jeans or slacks to go fishing," she said. "I wasn't doing anything wrong."
Officials said suggestive photos of Ms Shepherd on the Smokin' Em website could have posed a problem because they could undermine her effectiveness.