An ex-Manhattan teacher, Monica Johnson, who asked students to rub lotion on her legs and comb her hair is suing the Department of Education so she can get another job.

She claims she has overcome personal issues that led to the unusual classroom activities, and needs to be cleared to work for a school vendor.

Her disciplinary history and employment woes were detailed in papers made public Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court as part of her effort to be made eligible to work.

Johnson, who taught the fifth grade, was pulled out of Public School 123 in 2006 following an array of accusations.

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