Who is Norma?
Norma Vijeila has served youth in alternative education programs in multiple capacities, from teacher to assistant principal, principal, and director of instruction. Currently, she works with other educators to significantly impact excellence and equity for all students. Once a high school dropout, she is a Latina first-generation college graduate. The findings from a study she conducted have been used to inform practices and program development at her current school, which serves students with various risk factors. She believes that educators working with the most vulnerable populations need to be willing to articulate the challenges and needs of vulnerable students.
- Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy, Pepperdine University
- Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Education, National University
- Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills
- High School Principal
- Director of Instruction
- High School Assistant Principal
- Academic Recovery Teacher
Norma’s aha! moment
Most recently I have come to realize that nothing in my formal training as a teacher and an administrator has prepared me for the situations I face when working with children who are hurting. The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing unique emotional realities that may interfere with their motivation, academic progress, and emotional health. Now more than ever, our students need a culture of belonging, connection, and care.
What does Norma do for fun?
I love to spend time with those I love. I have the most fun when I can create beautiful memories for my daughters.
What are Norma’s passions?
I do only what I believe in. I devote my time and energy to advocating for the values I hold strong in my heart. I am passionate about making strides in creating environments for all students to be successful—especially those students who may not have a voice.