A Campbell Union High School District administrator and San Jose Unified School District principal will become the new principals of Jordan and Terman middle schools, respectively, the district announced on Friday.
Valerie Royaltey-Quandt, currently Campbell's director of student services, assessment and accountability, will take over for outgoing Jordan Principal Katie Kinnaman. Kinnaman announced in April that she would resign after only a year on the job.
Melissa Howell, the principal of Simonds Elementary School in San Jose, will replace outgoing Terman Principal Pier Angeli La Place. La Place requested this spring to be reassigned elsewhere in the district.
In a statement, Superintendent Max McGee described the new principals as "caring, compassionate and strong educators" who "bring a wealth of teaching and administrative experience at the elementary and secondary levels."
Royaltey-Quandt has been in her current position at Campbell Union district, made up of five comprehensive high schools, since 2015. She also served as the district's Title IX coordinator, according to an online directory.
Previously, Royaltey-Quandt served as an elementary school principal in Los Gatos for one year and a middle school principal in Santa Cruz for five years, according to the district announcement. Prior to that, she also was an assistant principal and taught high school Spanish.
Royaltey-Quandt holds a bachelor's degree in women's studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz; a master's in education administration from San Jose State University; and a doctorate in social justice education administration from San Francisco State University.
Howell has served as Simonds' principal since 2013. Before that, she was a middle school principal in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District for one year and assistant principal in the Morgan Hill Unified School District for seven years. She also held district leadership positions in Morgan Hill and has taught middle school mathematics and science.
Howell has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; a master's in cross cultural education from National University, San Diego; and a master's in educational administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Royaltey-Quandt and Howell's appointments are effective July 3.
The new middle school principals are the latest in a wave of leadership changes at both school sites and the district office in Palo Alto Unified. Several top positions remain to be filled, including Gunn High School's principal and key district office roles.