Three new principals have been appointed by the Palo Alto school board to begin the new positions this July.
Jacqueline McEvoy, principal of San Mateo High School, will become the new head of Palo Alto High School. Mike O'Neill will become the principal at Juana Briones Elementary School and Lisa Marie Gonazeles will take over at Fairmeadow Elementary School.
The votes were unanimous.
"How fortunate we are to have such a high-quality group of people starting," board member Mandy Lowell said.
"Very exciting," said Dana Tom, board vice-president.
McEvoy most recently served seven years as principal of San Mateo High School. She has her doctorate in education-organization leadership from the University of San Francisco; a master's degree in public administration from Notre Dame De Namur University, Belmont; and a bachelor's in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The new Paly principal began her education career as a teacher of biology, chemistry and physics at Bishop Garcia Diego High School, Santa Barbara. She later taught physics and calculus at Notre Dame High School, Belmont. In 1994, McEvoy was appointed principal of Peninsula High School in the San Mateo Union High School District, where she served for three years. She then became the director of Alternate Education for three years.
O'Neill most recently served as the interim assistant principal at Terman Middle School for the 2006-07 school year. He has two master's degrees in elementary education from Boston University and education administration from Santa Clara University respectively, and a bachelor's in psychology and legal services from the University of Massachusetts.
His teaching career with the Palo Alto Unified School District began in 2000 at Walter Hays Elementary School, where he taught fourth and fifth grades.
Gonzales most recently served as principal at Los Alamitos and Bachrodt Academy in the San Jose Unified School District for five years. She earned a doctorate in education-organizational leadership from the University of La Verne; a master's in education leadership from San Jose State University; and two bachelor's degrees in business management and radio/TV/film production from San Jose State University.
Before becoming principal, she taught in the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City starting in 1993. In 2002-03 she was appointed an elementary principal with San Jose Unified.
She also served as the curriculum director for the NASA Ames Research Center for two years.
All three will begin their new positions July 1.