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Welcome to Juana Briones School!

Juana Briones Elementary School is a true learning community in every sense of the word. Like our namesake, Juana Briones, who, among other great accomplishments, learned herbal medicine from Native Americans and later became a reputable acurandera, or healer, helped fight the smallpox epidemic in the Bay Area in 1834, and was an avid learner with an incredible sense of care for those in her community. She was empathetic, resilient, resourceful, never gave up on her dreams of owning land. As a result of her determination she quickly became known as one of the most independent and accomplished women in California (facts drawn from the Stanford Humanities Center, Juana Briones Archive).

At Juana Briones School, we strive to cultivate care, empathy, resilience, resourcefulness, and the spirit of never giving up throughout our school culture. We are all teachers and learners, we all bring with us unique strengths, perspectives and experiences that enrich our community, and we are committed to the health and well-being of every community member.

It is with this spirit that quality learning opportunities are designed for each of our children at Briones. They are not accidental, but rather born from our intentions, attention, energy and expertise in unison. It is the strong partnership between our home and school communities. It is the commitment on the part of our staff to provide the best possible learning experiences for each of our students, our parent / guardian / PTA community to support and enhance student learning opportunities, Palo Alto Partners in Education to fund the supplementary staff and initiatives necessary to sustain the exceptional quality of our school programs, and our students themselves to grow their brains and do their best learning in school each day.

It is my honor to serve as principal of this incredible school, and I look forward to working together with you as partners throughout a most exciting, engaging, and productive school year!

With warmest regards,

Kathryn “Katy” Bimpson