Get to Know Mrs. Vienna!


The Birdwatch

Mrs. Vienna taking a call at her desk.

Serenity Powell, Staff Writer

Q: What were your past jobs before you applied to McAuliffe Middle School?

A: I was an assistant principal at Oak Middle School for one year, a Program Specialist for special education at Los Alamitos District, I worked as a teacher at Los Alamitos High School for 14 years, and I worked as a teacher at Norwalk School District.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A:I like to hike, travel, exercise, do yoga, swim, go to cross fitting classes. I like to be active and be outdoors, and I love to spend time with my family!

Q: Where would you like to go on your next vacation?

A: I would like to go to Greece and Italy!

Q: What do you think and like about McAuliffe Middle School?

A: I love the community of students, the teachers, our administration, and how everybody has the same goal for students. How the teachers go above and beyond to ensure that kids have every opportunity to be successful, how everyone is willing to work together to provide support for the kids in anyway they can.

Q: Why did you choose to apply at McAuliffe Middle School?

A: I think that it [was] an opportunity to join a brand new admin team and how we provide support to a school with a new lens. Also, we get to be in brand new teams and work together and make a vision of our own and see it through.

Q: Is there anything that you don’t like about McAuliffe Middle School?

A: Nope.

Q: Do you read The Birdwatch?

A: I do!

Q: If so, what do you like about The Birdwatch?

A: I like [seeing] the student perspective on current topics, how they [get] quotes from people of interest that know about the topic. I like how they post new articles every week, and how kids get to participate and be apart of The Birdwatch.

Q: Do you think that Journalism is a good elective? Why or why not?

A: A hundred percent because it gives students a “voice”, it gives them a taste of dedication, it “tells” students to make sure that your story/writing is valid, and it gives them a glimpse of what it’s going to be like once you become a journalist and for them to have a professional career. Also, it allows them to be “connected” to the community.

Q: Would you like to share a favorite memory of your time at McAuliffe?

A: My favorite memory was the first year of graduation when [students] were promoted because that was our first full year being apart of an admin team. We were able to promote students and watch them successfully complete middle school and move on to high school, so it was our first year of completion. After they were done celebrating, everyone went to my house and partied.