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A Message from our Principal

My name is Sonya E. Joyner, Ph.D. I was born in Newport News, Virginia but was raised in sunny Southern California.  I have a wonderful husband and two terrific sons that I give thanks for daily.  My eldest son, Michael, is a 1st LT in the US Army and my baby boy, CJ, is a junior at Texas Tech University.  I received my BA from UCLA with a major in psychology and my teaching certification from California State University, Northridge.  I taught elementary school for 10 years in California before relocating to Texas for 19 years while my husband was in the US Army.  Right before relocating to Texas, I earned my MS from National University, majoring in Educational Administration.  In Texas, I taught middle school Math for five years before moving into administration.  I was an assistant principal for five years prior to attaining my first principal position in 2005.  I attained my Ph.D from Capella University in 2013 and relocated to California in July of 2014 when I received the Executive Director/Principal position at Pathways to College.


I believe that the Principal sets the tone and creates the personality of the school which determines its overall success.  For a school to be successful, its leader must have a vision, a passion, and a commitment to developing the whole child.  I base my leadership decisions on the individual needs of children to ensure academic success.  I believe in creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and collaboration with students, parents, and teachers through building positive relationships and providing a warm and caring environment.  I believe in, and strive for, the essential characteristics needed in quality leadership: honesty, integrity, organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and an unfailing commitment to promoting academic achievement.