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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It has been an honor to serve the Tommie Kunst Junior High School principal over the past two school years. I am extremely passionate about the work that we do in the Santa Maria Bonita School District and the way in which we serve our students and families. The Tommie Kunst community is a place where students work hard to apply themselves and succeed at high levels. TKJHS is also a place where families are welcomed to get involved in their child’s educational experience. 

As a life-long learner, I am a first generation college student and I am passionate about SMBSD’s vision and mission of preparing successful citizens who are college and career ready. I completed my doctorate in educational leadership a number of years ago, with the hope of encouraging my children and students that nothing is impossible if they are willing to apply themselves and work hard. I have been an educator for over a decade, and I love helping people better their lives through thinking critically and through education. 

I look forward to partnering with each of you as we strive each day to live out our vision for student success: 

Santa Maria-Bonita is committed to preparing successful citizens who are college and career ready. To achieve this level of readiness, every student will learn at grade level and beyond through effective Tier 1 practices.  

We have a deliberate, intentional culture of learning with high expectations where every day, every educator, every staff member, and every student seeks to learn and strives for growth.  

We support and challenge each other to stay focused on what matters most: ensuring that in every classroom our students are tackling relevant, challenging content, taking ownership for their learning and improving every day.  

I recognize that junior high school can signal feelings of both excitement and apprehension, and I thank you for entrusting our staff with one of your most precious possessions, your child. We do not take our responsibility lightly in ensuring your child has an experience that is engaging, safe, and nurturing, and we are thrilled for the next chapter in your child’s academic journey.

May we all commit to make greater efforts towards communicating with each other. If I can ever be of assistance, please email or call me. Thank you for choosing Tommie Kunst Junior High School.

With great positivity and gratitude, 

Dr. Williams 


Joseph Williams, Ed.D
Principal | Tommie Kunst Junior High
930 Hidden Pines Way
Santa Maria, CA 93458