Principal's Message

Joel Jory is excited to start his 4th 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 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 and reading as well as camping with

his wife Brianne and their children Hayden and Tobyn and the family Boston Terriers,

Zemma Blu and Brophy.


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


Mr. Jory