Jordan Middle School Principal Michael Milliken has been named director of secondary education for the Palo Alto school district, replacing Debbra Lindo, who will leave in June to head a school district in the East Bay.
Math resource teacher Magdalena Fittoria will become principal of Barron Park Elementary School, replacing the retiring Cathy Howard. Fittoria served as acting principal at Barron Park last year, while Howard was on medical leave for several months.
Both announcements were made Thursday by Palo Alto School Superintendent Kevin Skelly.
"I am pleased to recommend Dr. Milliken and Ms. Fittoria to the (school) board," Skelly said.
"Dr. Milliken's background as a middle school leader and his research work on high schools will make our District Office team stronger.
"Ms. Fittoria has been an outstanding teacher leader and I am confident that she will continue her success in this new position."
Milliken, who holds a bachelor's degree in political science as well as a PhD in educational administration from Stanford University, came to Palo Alto in 2008 as principal of Jordan.
He began his public-education career in 1996 as an elementary teacher in San Diego, later moving to Maryland where he taught elementary school as well as middle school math. In 2005 he became principal of an elementary school in Newark.
Fittoria, who earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford as well as an additional master's from Santa Clara University, joined the district in 1996 as a teacher in the Spanish Immersion Program, then at Fairmeadow School.
Except for her time as acting principal at Barron Park in 2010, she has been the district's elementary math resource teacher since 2007.