The school board voted 5-0 to appoint Zarea to replace Eric Hartwig, who will step down from his post in June. Zarea's three-year contract begins July 1, and she will earn $215,000 annually.
Zarea has served as assistant superintendent of education services for the Saratoga Unified School District since 2013. Before that role, she served as a principal, vice principal, coordinator of special projects, and elementary school teacher in the Union School District, according to a district press release.
Zarea, a San Jose resident, is originally from Michigan. She earned a bachelor's degree in Russian language and literature from the University of Michigan.
She also has a master's degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a master's in educational leadership from San Jose State University. She is completing work toward a doctorate in educational leadership from San Jose State.