Following the sudden departure of Stevenson PACT principal Tyler Graff, the Mountain View Whisman School District selected an administrator from the nearby Palo Alto Unified School District to head the district's parent-participation program.
The school board at the June 30 meeting chose Rebecca Westover, assistant principal at Jordan Middle School, to be principal of the district's wildly popular choice program. Prior to her one-year stint at Jordan, Westover taught environmental science at Castro Valley High School for four years, and worked as a specialist for science education at Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
"Rebecca is a great compliment to the strong leadership that already exists at the school," said Superintendent Ayindé Rudolph at the board meeting.
Westover said the more she reads and learns about Stevenson PACT and the great things going on at the school, the more she gets excited to take over as principal. She said the warm reception has already left a good impression on her.
"From the moment I went to the district office and the first person I met, to just the warm welcome all around," Westover said. "This is definitely the place I want to be."
Both Rudolph and former Interim Superintendent Kevin Skelly were involved in hiring Westover. Skelly chose Westover to be the assistant principal of Jordan Middle School when he was superintendent at Palo Alto Unified in May 2014.
The former principal of the Stevenson PACT program, Tyler Graff, announced his resignation last month to take a leadership role at the Claire Lilienthal alternative school in San Francisco.