A Queens teacher forced her fifth-graders to make holiday cards for her jailed boyfriend who has a taste for child porn and a conviction for gun possession.

Melissa Dean instructed the youngsters at Public School 143 in Corona to draw cards for her boyfriend in December because she “thought it was a nice thing to do,” investigators said.

But a guard at Groveland Correctional Facility in upstate Livingston County disagreed, intercepting the 27 letters for John Coccarelli and alerting Dean’s principal.

“It was bad judgment,” said the city’s special commissioner of investigation, Richard Condon. “She certainly did not have permission.”

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott called Dean’s actions “totally ridiculous, absurd . . . and we’re not going to tolerate it.

“We’re moving for that teacher’s termination,” Walcott said.

Dean told her students that they were sending the crayon-drawn notes to people who were lonely during the holidays.

She did not get permission from the school or kids’ parents to send the cards — some of which contained the students’ names and home addresses.

Coccarelli, 33, has a disturbing criminal record. In 2008, he was busted in Nassau County for weapons possession and child porn after police found a disk and laptop with nearly 50 sexually explicit images of underage kids.

But in a deal, Coccarelli pleaded guilty only to the weapons charge, ensuring a longer prison sentence than a plea on the porn, according to the Nassau district attorney’s office. The porn charge was dropped.

Then in 2010, he pleaded guilty to violating a restraining order. He isn’t eligible for parole until May.

“She should be fired,” fumed Maria Cabrera, 29, whose son is in fifth grade at PS 143.

Dean was put on desk duty as soon as officials were notified of Condon’s report.

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