Welcome to the 2021-22 school year, T-Birds! My name is Jay Adams and I am thrilled to be the new principal at Talbert Middle School. This will be my 20th year here in the Fountain Valley School District, and it is now 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.