Danae Reynolds, a teacher and Palo Alto school district staff member since 2000, has been named principal of Escondido Elementary School.
Reynolds, who currently oversees the district's Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program as well as the program for English learners, will replace Gary Prehn, who will become principal of Fairmeadow Elementary School after 15 years at Escondido.
"Mrs. Reynolds is a proven leader and team-builder with great knowledge of the work underway in the district," Superintendent Kevin Skelly said in announcing Reynolds' appointment.
"She can count on strong support from our leadership team as she undertakes the important work of leading Escondido School forward."
With an enrollment of 568, Escondido is the largest of the district's 12 elementary schools. It is also home to the popular Spanish Immersion program.
In her 11 years in Palo Alto, Reynolds has been a reading specialist, a coach for new teachers and, since 2009, the district's "coordinator for academic success."
She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and two master's degrees in education, the most recent in educational administration from Santa Clara University.
Before coming to Palo Alto, Reynolds worked as an elementary school teacher in Merced and in Berkeley.