Welcome to the 2023-24 school year, T-Birds! My name is Jay Adams and I am thrilled to be the proud principal at Talbert Middle School. This will be my 22nd year here in the Fountain Valley School District, and it is my pleasure to be a team member, along with you, working together toward the success of our students. I grew up in Colorado, graduating with my BA from the University of Northern Colorado. I moved to California at 22, began teaching middle school, and then earned my MA from Azusa Pacific University, becoming a school counselor, and eventually a principal! My favorite part of this career is getting to watch students grow and change from tentative "in-betweeners" into confident young men and women. They experience so much transformation from fifth through eighth grades! I especially enjoy working with at-risk students, developing strategies and plans to help them learn and to keep them moving on target. One of my main goals is getting each T-Bird to internalize the idea: "Take a Second. Make a Difference." Values and making change to better our world are important tenets which I hope we are able to impart to each and every Talbert student.