Fairmeadow opens search for new principal

Eric Goddard, who led school since 2008, to move to district office

Fairmeadow Elementary School is searching for a new leader following an announcement that Principal Eric Goddard will become director of human resources for the Palo Alto school district.

Goddard, who will leave Fairmeadow at the end of the school year, has been principal of the school since 2008 and, prior to that, was principal at Palo Verde School for seven years.

Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers was to meet with the Fairmeadow staff to discuss a timeline and search process for a new principal.

Before joining the Palo Alto school district in 2001, Goddard taught for five years at Woodside Elementary School and served as principal at Loma Prieta Elementary School in Los Gatos.

A Palo Alto native, he attended public schools in Palo Alto, earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in business administration from San Jose State University and a master's degree in education administration from San Francisco State University. Goddard also holds a teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University.

"We are excited to have Eric at the district office helping on one of the most important areas of our work: attracting and retaining the most talented staff possible," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I suspected Mr. Goddard was heading for the PAUSD district office when they sent them to Fairmeadow. We loved him when he was principal at Palo Verde when we were overflowed there for a year. He was professional, fair, and easily approachable. There were Wednesday assemblies where he would praise children and make announcements. He was visible on campus and at morning drop-off would wave to parents. One could tell he really enjoyed children. He has that great combo of making children AND parents feel comfortable. I had no doubt that he would rise in his ranking.

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Posted by Mama
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

A political correct person

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Posted by PVPrincipal
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 11, 2011 at 8:31 am

I have to say, our family didn't miss Eric at all after his transition from Palo Verde. Mr. Garcia was a blessing! Mr. Garcia is simply too good .. he had an excellent control over the day to day happenings at the school, was always present at every occasion, rolled up his sleeves and worked along side with every single volunteer/coordinator. Mrs. Brown has been ho-hum ... she has Mr. Garcia's shoes to fill in and honestly, she is not even close. I won't be surprised if she transitions in another year or so.

Eric was politically correct, he knew all the right things to do .. he is a good administrator and will do good at the district level.

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Posted by Thankfull Parent
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

We need good people at the HR office. I am glad he is replacing Mrs. Johnson. Hopefully things will be better there, just like in Palo Verde did when he arrived there. My kids attended Palo Verde when Mrs. Foglia was there, she was not that good. Mr. Goddard came and make things better, he never got angry at parents nor staff. He always listened. I hope they replace him with a good new principal.

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