Pembroke community remembers math teacher killed in ATV accident

YORKSHIRE, N.Y. (WIVB) –  A school in  Genesee County is mourning the loss of a beloved teacher, killed in an accident in the Southern Tier.

The Pembroke Central School District mourning flag flew outside school buildings Tuesday in honor of Dawn Krol, 33.
Krol, a math teacher from Clarence was killed when her ATV overturned on Sunday on Eastland Road in Yorkshire.
Detectives with the Cattaragus County Sheriff’s Office say she was alone when the crash happened, and wasn’t found for at least 15 minutes.
She was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and ECMC where she died from internal injuries.

Krol, was an Algebra teacher and freshmen class Advisor who formerly taught at Western New York Maritime Charter School in Buffalo.
She’d been teaching at Pembroke for about a year. Friends, family and former students remembered Krol with multiple posts on social media, many saying she will be remembered for her service and spirit.
Friends say they will miss her smile, and love for her students, family and friends. Her death hits this community hard, especially for one of her closest childhood friends who tells us she would do anything for her community.

Erin Clancy McGrath said, “She was always outgoing, a contagious smile. She was always smiling she was always happy. Her family meant the world to her: her nieces her nephews. Even my children they were calling her Aunt Dawn. She would just do about anything for anybody. She would bend over backwards she would help her students if they were in trouble.”

Her wake will be this Friday from 2 to 4PM and 6 to 8PM at the Kloc funeral home in West Seneca. The funeral will be Saturday morning at 9:30AM, also at Kloc. It is open to the public.

School Superintendent Matthew Calderon:

On Monday, May 29, 2017, with deep sadness, I informed all Pembroke District employees that Dawn Krol, one of our new math teachers, was involved in an ATV accident and passed away; and Principal, Dr. Work, sent out correspondence to all Junior-Senior High School families.  Counselors from throughout the District were available to meet with students today, and will continue to be available in the coming days to provide emotional support as we cope with this tragedy.  In her memory, we will fly the District mourning flag throughout the week.  Ms. Krol was an amazing addition to the Dragon family and loved by all of her students, including my own children.  I’m thankful for the short time she impacted their lives, and I am inspired by her to continue to do my best to meet the needs of every one of our students. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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