Jocelyn Garcia-Thome, the principal of Addison Elementary School, has announced she will resign in order to explore other career possibilities, the Palo Alto school district has announced.
She was hired at Addison in 2010, following eight years with IBM, where she served as the corporate citizenship and corporate affairs regional manager, and three years at Hewlett-Packard Company as the human resources and staffing manager.
Before that, Garcia-Thome was principal for 11 years at Lynhaven Elementary School in the Campbell Union School District, assistant principal at Monroe Middle School in San Jose, and a district school psychologist.
"Garcia-Thome has enriched Addison through her dedication to students and her innovative thinking when it comes to programs and activities," Superintendent Kevin Skelly stated in a press release.
The district plans to seek community input as part of the hiring process for her replacement, the press release stated.
Garcia-Thome is the latest principal in the past two weeks to announce her resignation from her job. Gunn High School Principal Katya Villalobos has said she is leaving that school to head the Palo Alto Adult School.
Palo Alto Adult School Principal Kara Rosenberg will retire in June. Ohlone Elementary School Principal Bill Overton and Fairmeadow Elementary School Principal Gary Prehn have also announced their retirements.
In addition, Jordan Middle School Assistant Principal and longtime math teacher Ellie Slack is planning to step down in June.
Overton, who taught at Ohlone for 24 years before becoming principal in 2009, taught earlier at Sequoyah and Green Gables elementary schools.
Prehn, principal at Fairmeadow since 2011, previously served as principal at Escondido and Juana Briones elementary schools. Before moving to the administration, he taught at Escondido, El Carmelo and Loma Vista. He also taught English and Social Studies at Jordan Middle School.
Slack taught outside of Palo Alto for 25 years before returning to Palo Alto to teach math at Jordan Middle School and Palo Alto High School for 16 years. She became assistant principal at Jordan in 2011.