New principals were named Monday for three Palo Alto elementary schools: Addison, Ohlone and Fairmeadow.
Taking the helm at Addison will be Amanda Boyce, who for the past two years has served as principal of Stocklmeir Elementary School in Sunnyvale. Prior to that, she was assistant principal at Stocklmeir and held other positions in the Cupertino Union School District, including principal of a special education summer school program, mentor to new teachers and "intervention teacher."
"I am honored and excited to be recommended to the board as Addison Elementary School's next principal," Boyce said. "As a mother and educator, I appreciate the district's work to ensure that academic progress is balanced with social and emotional development."
Boyce replaces Jocelyn Garcia-Thome, principal at Addison since 2010, who announced her resignation in March.
At Fairmeadow, Grant Althouse will replace Gary Prehn, a longtime Palo Alto elementary school principal who is retiring. Althouse has been assistant principal of Jordan Middle School for the past two years. Earlier, he spent eight years teaching fifth grade at Addison.
"I'm honored to serve the Fairmeadow community as principal," Althouse said. "I look forward to working alongside our students, teachers, staff and parents to embrace Fairmeadow's rich tradition of student-centered instruction, community mindedness, and social-emotional focus."
Ohlone's new principal is Louise "Nicki" Smith, who has worked as a reading specialist at Ohlone for the past three years. Smith has held a variety of teaching and leadership positions in education, including as principal of Slater Elementary School in Mountain View and Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, Va. She has taught in the Ravenswood City School District and also was principal of a Stanford University-sponsored charter elementary school in the Ravenswood district, which closed in 2010.
"I am really excited about the opportunity to work with the Ohlone community, teachers, parents, and especially the students," Smith said.
Smith replaces retiring principal Bill Overton, who taught at Ohlone for 27 years before becoming principal in 2009.
"We are delighted to be adding these three outstanding educators to our administrative team," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.
Skelly has yet to name a replacement for Gunn High School Principal Katya Villalobos, who announced in March she plans to step down after four years of leading the school.