Kristen Gracia named new principal at Oak Knoll School

Former vice principal and interim co-principal will lead Menlo Park school

Kristen Gracia, who has been serving as an interim co-principal at Menlo Park's Oak Knoll School, has been named its new principal.

Ms. Gracia, who has worked for the Menlo Park City School District for 16 years starting as a teacher before becoming an administrator, will need to receive formal approval for her new position from the district's governing board when it meets on April 14. She was a vice principal at Oak Knoll before becoming interim co-principal.

Erik Burmeister, who is filling in for Superintendent Maurice Ghysels until he returns from a medical leave, says Ms. Gracia "has proven herself to be knowledgeable about effective teaching practices, willing to coach and mentor colleagues, committed to equity and diversity, and devoted to the mindsets that allow systems to innovate and people to evolve."

Mr. Burmeister said Ms. Gracia's efforts as vice principal "led the student-centered instruction and positive climate and culture for which Oak Knoll is so well known."

Ms. Gracia was chosen as the new principal after a search process including teachers, support staff, parents, site and district administrators and board members," Mr. Burmeister said, adding that Ms. Gracia "is no exception to the legacy of hiring outstanding school leaders" in the district.

— Barbara Wood


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Posted by rude awakening
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm

BRING ACKERMAN BACK!!!! she is not good. ugh.

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Posted by K
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm

She is wonderful! Lucky school! My daughter had her years ago when she was starting out at Laurel and we hold every teacher to her standard and none have risen that high. She was so fun and yet so effective. Our best memory was that her class had no rules. The second graders loved that. They had to follow their life skills, such as kindness.

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