Forty-two Palo Alto teachers as well as Jordan Middle School Principal Greg Barnes were honored for achieving permanent employment status Tuesday in a tenure celebration at school district headquarters.
Under the California Education Code, teachers get tenure if their employment is continued after a two-year probationary period.
Tenure law is governed by the education code but evaluation of probationary teachers is up to local school districts. Recipients are observed by their supervisors and found to meet the California Standards for the Teaching Profession.
A 2005 bid by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to increase the probationary period to five years, California Proposition 74, was rejected by more than 55 percent of voters.
Newly permanent teachers honored at Tuesday's celebration were, at the elementary and preschool levels: Kelly Quistad from Barron Park Elementary School, Cathy Hsu from Duveneck Elementary School; Kathleen Fehrenbach and Leanne Fonteyn from El Carmelo Elementary School; Amy Boyarsky and Kristen Lee from Escondido Elementary School; Kristin Casterson, Kerri Jung, Jennifer Koepnick, Christina Pottorff and Ally Silverberg from Fairmeadow Elementary School; Amy Kraus-Dudley, Kathleen Parkinson and French Yarbrough (preschool) and Tosh Lang and Jessamyn Tardif (special education) from Greendell School; : Heather Buddie and Teresa Davis from Hoover Elementary School; Mary Blazensky and Deborah O'Brien from Lucille Nixon Elementary School; Michael Ambrose and Ashley McManus from Walter Hays Elementary School; Monica Covitt from the traveling music team and Elisabeth Pounders from the traveling physical-education team.
At the middle school level, in addition to Jordan Principal Barnes: Ashley Lucey from Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School; Kellie Fletcher, Erica Goldsworthy and Jeanette Tucker from Jordan Middle School and Jennifer Ellington and Tristan Ginanni from Terman Middle School.
At the high school level: Rachel Dion, Meg Omainsky, Gopi Tantod and Ariane Tuomy from Gunn High School and Marina Alvarado, Christopher Farina, Steven Ferrera, Matt Hall, Erika Magagna, Laura Marcus Bricca, Michelle O'Shea and David Peters from Palo Alto High School.