Juana Briones principal to head JLS Middle School in Palo Alto

Lisa Hickey to replace Sharon Ofek, who was recently named the district's chief academic officer of secondary education

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.


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1 person likes this
Posted by Jls way
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 28, 2016 at 11:12 pm

Not sure how to react! How was Lisa at Briones? Can we really not attract solid high quality talent from outside?

6 people like this
Posted by Alimc
a resident of Professorville
on May 31, 2016 at 10:42 am

Congratulations Lisa. She will be a wonderful principal at JLS. Briones will really miss you.

4 people like this
Posted by Johanna
a resident of Barron Park
on May 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

Congratulations JLS to get Lisa! She's great both with teachers and families and kids and will be greatly missed here at Briones! Too bad they don't have much time to find a good replacement for our school..

6 people like this
Posted by Former Briones Parent
a resident of Juana Briones School
on May 31, 2016 at 11:58 am

Lisa is a very good principle, active with the classes of all grades and handles issues fairly. Works well with the PTA and teachers. Previous principles were less effective in those regards.

4 people like this
Posted by Johanna
a resident of Barron Park
on May 31, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Luckily we didn't have to wait long! They just sent out an e-mail that Tom Jacoubowsky from Gunn (and Jordan) will be our school's new principal. Although I don't know him it feels good to have a name before summer starts.

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Posted by Briones parent also
a resident of Juana Briones School
on May 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Tom will be a lot like Lisa Hickey in that they won't make any significant impression upon the school, they will just manage it along. At least that is how I saw it over the past few years. The energy seemed sucked out of our school during her tenure, I don't know if that was because of the few tumultuous teachers infamous at Briones, or if it was just her personality. As for the poster who writes "principle" I am not going to make fun of her, but she has been spelling it that way for years in anonymous emails and postings here. Bottom line is she doesn't know what she is talking about. I think it is more reasonable that Tom and Lisa will do a good job, but that will be the limit. Tom should thank Glenn McGee for the position. I am certain it will be his last chance--unless a new superintendent arrives in 12 months.

2 people like this
Posted by Anony Mouse
a resident of Midtown
on May 31, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Anony Mouse is a registered user.

@Briones Parent Also: What you describe is the exact opposite of what I've encountered at Briones. Lisa is honest, ethical and decisive. She always puts the students first. It's a real loss to the Briones community that she's leaving. Your mileage may vary.

4 people like this
Posted by Remain anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 1, 2016 at 6:39 am

Anony, could you specify an accomplishment of Lisa Hickey? I can't. Other than that, she didn't have a lot of negatives, seemed nice enough, and professional, but it's a stretch to talk about her "leadership."

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