Principal's Welcome


Principal’s Welcome

On behalf of the faculties of Oak Valley Elementary School and Jonata Middle School, I would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year. While I never imagined beginning the school year in a remote learning environment, I am excited to roll out our BUSD Virtual Academy on August 13th. This Academy is an innovative, engaging, and supportive virtual learning experience for all of our students.

To share a bit about myself, my family and I have called Buellton our home for the past 18 years. My husband and I relocated from Goleta, where I was born and raised, after we were married. I spent 22 amazing years in the classroom before going into school administration. I love coaching and have spent countless hours working with youth on softball fields and volleyball courts. In my free time, I like to read, spend time with family and friends, relax at Gaviota State Beach, and take walks with my labradoodle named Camper.

I feel very lucky to be able to work with the amazing educators and students of Buellton. I’m very proud of the educational programs we offer students and will rave about our talented educators to anyone who will listen. The Buellton Union School District is one community committed to the growth of the students who attend these wonderful schools. This community includes students, teachers, administrators, family, and community partners. We are all teachers – and this very much includes students. We all play a vital role in helping our students to succeed.

This all begins with productive communication and strong relationships. I encourage you to join us as part of the educational team by joining the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), considering a spot on our School Site Council, and through frequent communication with our staff. Our doors are always open to you and your involvement in our schools is essential.

We are eager for the day we can safely bring students back to our two campuses. In the meantime, stay safe, healthy, and engaged in this new way of learning.


Lisa Melby

Principal, Oak Valley Elementary School and Jonata Middle School
OV office: 805-688-6992 ext. 1203 / Jonata office: 805-688-4222 ext. 2258

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