District names new Hoover Elementary School principal

San Jose administrator to replace Katy Bimpson

The principal of a San Jose middle school will become Hoover Elementary School's new principal, the Palo Alto school district announced Tuesday.

Jim Sherman, principal of LeyVa Middle School in the Evergreen School District since 2006, will replace Katy Bimpson, who left at the end of the school year to lead Juana Briones Elementary School.

New Hoover Elementary School Principal Jim Sherman. Photo courtesy of the Palo Alto Unified School District.
Sherman started his educational career in 1991 as a teacher in Cupertino, where he taught fifth and sixth grades as well as algebra and pre-algebra to seventh- and eighth-graders. In 2006, Sherman moved to the Evergreen School District, where he spent the last 12 years as an administrator, including six years as an elementary principal, according to the Palo Alto school district.

As recently as June 21, he was set to become the new principal at one of the Evergreen district's elementary school, according to a press release.

On his LinkedIn page, Sherman writes that his overarching goal is to "bring a community together with the school."

"I struggle with 'doing things because they've always been done this way thinking, and if changes need to be made to a system or an organization due to lack of student success, that change needs to happen immediately," he writes.

Sherman holds a bachelor's degree in business administration/marketing, a minor in sociology and a master's degree in educational administration from San Jose State University.


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Posted by tired of bs
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 10:51 pm

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2018 at 11:34 pm

Time to change the name of the school!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2018 at 12:07 am

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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 11, 2018 at 9:45 am

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Welcome to the new principal! This is a wonderful community, and elementary schools here are great places for it.

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Posted by PAEA pressure
a resident of Juana Briones School
on Jul 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

This guy is ok. Satisfactory. Average. Nothing wrong with that. He was moved to a new school in Evergreen School District, apparently didn't want to go there, and now he will be at Hoover. We have Katy at Briones for just a few years until we run her out.

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2018 at 7:10 pm

For all you wondering about the deletions, they weren't bashing on anyone, just sarcastic humor about the critical and opinionated Palo Altans. They weren't rude like other postings I've seen on this forum, they were quite humorous, actually. Too bad.

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Posted by @Palo Altan
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

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