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Welcome to Tunnell Elementary School!

Home of the Thunderbirds!

WELCOME to Tunnell Elementary School, home of the Thunderbirds. Tunnell School provides a warm, stimulating environment where students are actively involved in learning academic content as well as positive values. We are excited about our school and welcome all parents, guardians, and community members to join in our efforts to create successful, responsible citizens. I invite you to explore our website, which provides valuable information about our school.

Our school is staffed with teachers who are dedicated to helping our students succeed. We take it upon ourselves to be constant learners. Students receive a standards-based curriculum, presented by dedicated professionals based on the individual needs of the students. We are considerate of students' academic and social backgrounds, and build students' learning based on students' knowledge and experience. Ongoing evaluation of student progress and achievement helps us refine the instructional program so students can achieve academic proficiency. We have made a commitment to provide the best educational program possible for Tunnell School students.

Mission Statement: All students will succeed to their fullest potential through the united efforts of students, staff, parents, and the community while on a safe campus. 

School Profile: Tunnell Elementary School is located in the northeastern region of Santa Maria and serves students in grades transitional kindergarten through six. At the end of the 2023-2024 school year, 902 students were enrolled, including approx. 11% in special education, 43.5% English Language Learners, and 88% qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. On the 2023 CAASPP, 31% of our students met or exceeded standard in English Language Arts. 31% met or exceeded standard in Mathematics.

School ​Office Hours: 8AM-4PM

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School Administrators, Front Office Staff, & Support Personnel

Theresa Naquin-Diaz, Principal


Linda Leonard, Assistant Principal


Claudia Sanchez, Office Manager


Leticia Cisneros-Mendez, Office Clerk


Lidia Avila, Project Office


Adriana Garcia, Community Liaison


Annamaria Guerrero-Burgos, Community Liaison


Andrea Ramos, Health Assistant


Anissa Bozulich, Librarian Technician


Chris Alpaugh, Computer Lab Technician


Melody Langley, Cafeteria Manager