Joci Kelleher

This is my fifth year as the principal at Crocker Highlands. I love the kids, staff and community here and feel lucky to work so close to my home.

I grew up in Southern California, came to Cal for college, and I soon realized that the Bay Area was where I wanted to spend my adulthood. After earning my BA in Psychology followed by my credential at Cal, I began my career teaching first grade in Walnut Creek. After three years there, my husband had an opportunity to work in Hawaii. He twisted my arm (ha ha), and we moved to Honolulu. Fortunately, I was able to get a job teaching 5th grade at a school there. When we returned, I taught 6th grade for two years out in Brentwood, but left after my first daughter was born, and I decided that a 50 mile commute was not in the stars. After a year teaching part-time at Hillcrest, I joined the staff at Piedmont Middle School, where I taught 6th and 7th grades for the next 17 years.

In 2013, I earned my administrative credential and a master’s in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Urban Education. Though I was planning on teaching for another couple of years before switching to administration, the principal position at Crocker Highlands became available, and I decided to go for it. I’m glad I did…I get to work with so many wonderful people.

When I am away from school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Mike, our daughters, Liz (a recent college graduate) and Amy (a college junior) and our dog, Hazel. I also sing with several groups and am excited to be back at Woodminster Amphitheater performing in “Beauty and the Beast” in September.