Principal's Welcome

Curious George

Dear Students & Families,

On behalf of the faculties of Oak Valley Elementary School and Jonata Middle School, I would like to welcome you to the Buellton Union School District. Every new year promises to be a great one, filled with new learning, friends, and fun.

I will be serving as the Principal of both Oak Valley Elementary School and Jonata Middle School and I would like to briefly introduce myself. I grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. My first teaching experience was spent helping out in my mother’s classroom at Monroe Elementary in the neighborhood where I grew up. I am excited to serve as the Principal in the area I have always called home as well as be able to provide my own two children with the opportunity to learn and grow in such an incredible location and academic environment.

I feel very lucky to be able to work with two amazing faculties and groups of students. In a sense, the work that begins at Oak Valley continues to Jonata and both faculties share a common mission to help all of our students achieve at their highest levels. Indeed, 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 volunteering in classrooms, the computer lab, school library, serving on school committees and joining the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and/or the School Site Council. Our doors are always open to you and your involvement in our schools is essential.    

Please feel free to contact me anytime any questions, concerns, and ideas you may have throughout the year. I look forward every day to working closely with the students, staff, families, and community of the Buellton Union School District.



Hans Rheinschild

Hans Rheinschild, Ed.S.
Principal, Oak Valley Elementary School and Jonata Middle School