Palo Alto High School computer science teacher and robotics coach Kathleen Krier, who had been placed on paid leave last week following student and parent complaints about her behavior with the robotics team, has resigned, Superintendent Don Austin confirmed.
Austin accepted her resignation letter on Thursday.
Krier, who was hired this fall, had clashed with students and parents over tightening safety procedures in the campus lab, which has a strong student-led culture. Robotics students felt Krier had created an uncomfortable educational environment through poor, unresponsive communication and called for her immediate removal. The Paly administration maintained that long-needed safety changes were being met with resistance from the students.
An insurance firm hired by the district visited the robotics lab on Tuesday to conduct a safety review. Keenan and Associates’ report will “dictate and guide all of our next actions,” Austin said. He anticipates having an update on the firm’s report by next week.
Paly had already hired a long-term substitute teacher to serve as the robotics team’s interim coach, Austin said.
The robotics team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.