Derek McGlone, 42, claimed he could feel his car wheels running over the girl’s body in a ploy to stay at home.
The teacher, who described himself as a “respected” head of music, art and design at Calderhead High School in North Lanarkshire, also told the school’s deputy head that he had been caught up in the Icelandic ash cloud when he was at home in Glasgow.
McGlone admitted making false statements about his absence between June 2008 and May 2011 at a General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) hearing.
Representing himself, he said he was “embarrassed and sorry” for his actions” and told the panel he still had a “passion” for teaching.
“I can give no reasonable explanation for my actions,” he said.