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School Leadership

Karen Amaya, Principal
Karen Amaya’s journey in education began in July of 2002 as a teacher at a conversion charter school in East Hollywood. Having grown up in that community, Mrs. Amaya was passionate about giving back by developing students not only academically but emotionally as well. While teaching in her own classroom, Mrs. Amaya understood the importance of empowering students as leaders and therefore planted the seed for the development of the school’s Student Council, which still exists at that school today. Her drive to make an impact in the larger school community motivated her to step out of the classroom to pursue school leadership. She has served in various leadership capacities such as Curriculum Specialist, School Administrator, Assistant Principal before serving as principal of Vista Charter Middle School. At Vista, her focus on building a positive school culture and developing trust amongst staff has resulted in an atmosphere that allows for all stakeholders--students, teachers and staff--to thrive. Mrs. Amaya is a passionate school leader who believes in creating a transformative school experience where every student is valued. She received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of Southern California and received her M.A. in Education. In 2014, she completed her Administrative Services credential program at CSUDH’s Charter and Autonomous School Leadership Academy. In 2018, Mrs. Amaya was featured in the Most Inspiring Stories series of Voyage LA magazine. When she’s not busy being a principal, you can find Mrs. Amaya at Disneyland or at home enjoying Disney movies with her two kids.
Adrianna Munguia, Assistant Principal
Adrianna Munguia’s passion stems from her belief that building positive relationships with all stakeholders develops a cohesive school community. As a first year teacher, Mrs. Munguia took over a class where she developed the understanding that relationships are key to student success. Students need positive role models in their lives and Mrs. Munguia strives to be one of them. After several years of successfully teaching the third grade, Mrs. Munguia stepped into the role of an instructional coach where she coached Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers on instruction and classroom management. She soon became an administrator-in-training, taking on job responsibilities typical of an Assistant Principal and after two years, was promoted to Principal of a Kindergarten through eighth grade elementary school in Glassell Park. As a leader of a school community, Mrs. Munguia firmly believes that every student, if given the opportunity, has the ability to grow both intellectually and emotionally. She understands that while students have a lot to offer, they also carry baggage that can be emotionally demanding and giving students the time and space, along with support, to deal with that baggage will help students succeed. Mrs. Munguia is currently Assistant Principal of Vista Charter Middle School in Los Angeles, where she collaboratively works with teachers and staff to transform the school experience. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology and from CSUDH with a MA in Educational Leadership. During her downtime, Mrs. Munguia enjoys spending time with her one-year old son and going to Disneyland.