A former fourth-grade teacher at Huff, who left the school last spring after some parents complained that she was "verbally abusive" to her students, will be returning to the district this fall to teach sixth graders.
The district has confirmed that Patty Polifrone will begin teaching language arts and social science at Graham Middle School when school resumes in August.
Parents told the Voice in March that they had been complaining for months about Polifrone's teaching style to Mountain View Whisman Elementary School District administrators. Polifrone left the class following the complaints, and administrators said only that she was on "personal leave."
At the time, during a school board meeting at Huff, parents said they did not want Polifrone to return. Some said their children were scared to go to her class. But others defended the teacher, saying their children had learned a lot from her and she was a "strict teacher but fair."
Following the meeting, Polifrone left Huff. Administrators said that legally they were not able to discuss the case. School Principal Sharon Burns sent out a letter saying only that "it was a difficult decision for all involved."
After a trustee asked about the teacher during a school board meeting on June 4, administrators confirmed that Polifrone will be returning to the district this fall.