An IBM community relations manager with a background in education has been named the new principal of Addison School.
Jocelyn Garcia-Thome, since 2002 an education and community relations manager with IBM, will succeed John Lents, who is moving to head Duveneck School.
Garcia-Thome began her career in 1981 as a school psychologist. She was assistant principal of Monroe Middle School in San Jose in 1987 and became a principal in the Campbell Union School District in 1988.
In 1999 she moved to HP where she supervised college and university recruiting. She switched to IBM in 2002.
Garcia-Thome earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in school psychology from San Jose State University.
"I am extremely pleased to recommend Ms. Garcia-Thome to the board as the principal at Addison Elementary School," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said Wednesday.
"Jocelyn's experiences in K-12 education and in leading private sector technology firms were key factors that led the Addison principal selection committee to recommend her enthusiastically."
The Palo Alto Board of Education will consider Garcia-Thome's appointment at its June 22 meeting.