Principal's Message

Joel Jory is excited to start his 10th year as the Principal at Vandenberg Middle School after two years as Assistant Principal. Mr. Jory is a Lompoc native who attended Vandenberg Middle School as a student and graduated from Cabrillo High School. Mr. Jory earned his Bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University in 1993. He also earned his secondary teaching credential from National University in Fresno, and a Master’s degree in School Leadership from Cal Lutheran University. Previously, Mr. Jory worked for Desert Sands Unified where he taught middle school math and physical education for three years. Mr. Jory spent 16 years at Cabrillo High School as a math teacher, water polo coach, and swim coach. As Principal of Vandenberg Middle School, Mr. Jory hopes to support the staff, students and the VMS community as we all strive to learn and grow towards excellence together.

During his free time, Mr. Jory enjoys golfing, traveling, reading, and camping with his wife Brianne, and  their children Hayden and Tobyn. The Jorys love their family pets: Scooter, a rescue cat, and two Boston Terriers, Zemma Blu and Brophy.

Mr. Jory can be reached by phone at (805) 742-2700 or email at


Mr. Jory