A former longtime Palo Alto Unified elementary school principal and administrator, Eric Goddard, will serve as interim principal at Barron Park Elementary School while its leader takes on a temporary district role.
Current Principal Anne Brown announced Goddard's hiring in a message to families on Wednesday morning. The school board approved on Tuesday night her temporary appointment as assistant superintendent of human resources.
Goddard, who began his career as a teacher in Woodside, arrived in Palo Alto in 2001, when he became principal at Palo Verde Elementary School and then later, Fairmeadow Elementary. He was also born and raised in Palo Alto and is a graduate of Palo Alto High School, according to Brown.
In 2011, Goddard moved to the district level as director of human resources. He left Palo Alto in 2015 for the associate superintendent of human resources position in the Mountain View Los Altos High School District.
In her message, Brown described Goddard as a "caring, capable and collaborative leader." His first day on the job will be Nov. 1.
Brown has said she plans to be in "constant communication" with Goddard until she returns to Barron Park next fall.
Brown is taking over temporarily for Karen Hendricks while she serves as interim superintendent.