Lisa Hickey, currently the principal of Juana Briones Elementary School, will be leaving to head J.L. Stanford (JLS) Middle School this fall, the school district announced Friday afternoon.
Hickey, who has served as Juana Briones' principal since 2012, will replace Sharon Ofek, who was recently named the district's new chief academic officer of secondary education.
Hickey began her career as a middle school teacher in the Cupertino Union School District in 1998, according to the district. She taught sixth-grade language arts and mathematics, as well as eighth-grade journalism there.
Over the next 14 years in Cupertino, she served as a middle school assistant principal and elementary school principal at four different schools. Her last position was principal of Meyerholz School, which she left in 2012 for the position at Juana Briones.
"I started my career as a middle school teacher, and am excited about the opportunity to be back at the middle school level," Hickey stated in the district announcement. "JLS has a wonderful staff, and I look forward to working with them as we encourage and empower all of our middle school students to thrive academically, creatively, socially, and emotionally."
Hickey holds two master's degrees in educational administration and in interdisciplinary education from Santa Clara University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Hickey's appointment is effective July 1.