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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2024-25 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.