Pier Angeli La Place, who has taught in Palo Alto schools for more than 20 years, will become assistant principal of Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School, the district announced.
Except for a year at Duveneck School, most of La Place's career has been at JLS. She has been an instructional supervisor for 11 years, held leadership roles on many committees and was instrumental in launching JLS's popular "Panther Camp" orientation program for sixth graders.
La Place attended Stanford University and California State University, Hayward, and holds a bachelor's degree in history and ethnic studies and a multiple-subjects teaching credential. She earned a master's degree in educational administration from Santa Clara University.
She replaces Christopher Grierson, who was recently appointed principal of Duveneck.