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Joy Urtnowski

Dear Jamacha Families,

Welcome to a new and exciting school year at Jamacha Elementary! My name is Joy Urtnowski, and I am thrilled to serve as your principal. It is a privilege to join a community that shares my dedication to our district’s vision of raising “Happy Kids, Engaged in Healthy Relationships, on a Path to Gainful Employment.”

My journey in education has been diverse and enriching. I have served as a teacher, an administrator, and even owned a small school. As a proud resident of the Rancho San Diego community and a mother to three teenage sons, I am deeply committed to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for all our students.

At the heart of everything we do are the relationships we build. I am looking forward to establishing strong connections with our entire community and getting to know each student’s unique learning styles, strengths, interests, and values. I pride myself on being an advocate for our students and families and celebrating every success, whether big or small, within our school community.

At Jamacha Elementary, we are committed to working as a cohesive team to provide your children with a high-quality education in a safe and supportive environment. Our staff is celebrated for their creativity, collaboration, and unwavering passion for delivering an outstanding academic program. We strive to create a positive learning atmosphere where students develop into responsible and respectful citizens.

We recognize and appreciate that, as parents, you are your child’s foremost role model and first teacher. Your involvement is crucial in fostering the interest, motivation, and support essential for learning. I warmly welcome and encourage you to actively participate in your child's education by engaging with our school community.

Whether you are new to Jamacha or returning, I extend a heartfelt welcome and invite you to stop by and say hello. Please feel free to schedule a time to meet with me if there is anything I can assist you with. Your input and participation are highly valued, and I look forward to partnering with you in your child's educational journey.

Warm regards,


Joy Urtnowski