Sharon Ofek, principal at Jane Lathrop Stanford (JLS) Middle School since 2009, will be moving to the school district office to serve as chief academic officer of secondary education, the district announced Monday.
Ofek is replacing Katherine Baker, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
In Ofek's new role, she will "lead the processes of development and evaluation of the school district's curriculum, instruction, and assessment areas" for Palo Alto Unified's three middle school and two high schools, according to a district announcement.
Ofek first joined the district 17 years ago as a seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics teacher at Jordan Middle School. She came to Palo Alto from Cesar Chavez Academy in the Ravenswood City School District, where she was an elementary-school teacher.
She taught math at Jordan for three years, from 1999 to 2002, then served as an instructional supervisor for three years. From 2002 to 2003, she was the school's dean of students and oversaw Jordan's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, which provides extra academic support to struggling students to help prepare them for college.
Ofek became Jordan's assistant principal in 2003 and stayed until moving to the same position at JLS in 2008. She was named principal the following year.
Ofek is also herself a graduate of the Palo Alto school district.
"This is my home and my community," she said in the district announcement. "I am familiar with our challenges and opportunities and I look forward to working with Dr. McGee and our community as we continue to improve the educational opportunities for ALL PAUSD students."
Ofek's appointment is effective July 1.