Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, a program that focuses on empowering students through the use of media (newspaper, magazine, yearbook, websites, video production, photography, radio, & television).

The program started in 1984 with an already established (1918) 6-8 page newspaper and 19 students; it has grown to become one of the most distinguished and the largest scholastic media program in the nation today (2016) with 600+ students, six additional journalism teachers, ten publications, and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center (2014). Her students have been at the top of the US for the past 30 years, having won Gold and Silver Crowns from Columbia Scholastic Press Association and PaceMaker Awards from National Scholastic Press every year.

She is the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Medical School and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe. She is married to Stanford Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki. She and her husband have nine grandchildren.