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Mr. Williamson was recently named principal of Oak Valley School. He can be reached at 688 6992, ext. 1212, or by clicking the Contact Form button on the left of this page. Below is a short biographical sketch.

Dear Parents,

As you may have heard, I was recently named principal at Oak Valley School. I am humbled, challenged, and excited by this appointment. We have supportive parents, an outstanding staff and a great bunch of kids; what more could a principal ask for? For those who dont know me, Id like to share a short biographical sketch.

I attended college at UCSB, where I graduated with a major in history. After working for a year, I returned to UCSB where I earned my teaching credential from their Graduate School of Education. After I received my credential I substitute taught for about six months, until I was fortunate enough to be hired for a full-time teaching position in Santa Barbara. A couple of years later I had an opportunity to teach in Berlin, Germany and Rotterdam, Holland, where my family and I spent a total of four years. When we returned to California, I accepted a position at Jonata School, where I have been since 1980.

After about a decade at Jonata, I returned to school to earn a Masters Degree in Education. I have taught grades K, 1,2, (in Europe) as well as 3,4 5, and upper grade Spanish (at Jonata). I have also been active in our technology program, serving as a technology mentor teacher, tech director and, more recently, a combined position as Dean of Students and Director of Technology.

My wife, Sharon, teaches Kindergarten at Vista de las Cruces school in Gaviota. We have a daughter, Jennifer, and two sons, John and Ben. All of them are grown and scattered about California.

This will be a year of transition at Oak Valley. We are in the process of adding a number of buildings that will improve our campus and make room for grades 4 and 5. I will be transitioning into my new role as principal. Mr. Cooper will continue to exercise some of the functions of principal this year, as I begin to delegate some of my technology responsibilities.

I am excited by the possibilities for our school. My goal is to serve you, our students, and our teachers as an educational leader. I am a lifelong student, and intend to keep on learning, growing, and being challenged. It is my hope that Oak Valley will prove to be a school where we all strive for excellence in an atmosphere that is positive and nurturing. I look forward to working with you toward that end.

Sincerely yours,
Joel Williamson
Oak Valley Principal


Oak Valley Principal