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.