Daniella Quiñones may be new in her role as an assistant principal at Mountain View High School, but she’s hardly new to the education field. Both Quiñones and her husband are third-generation teachers.
“I guess I can say it’s always been in our families and in our blood,” Quiñones said. “We both resisted becoming teachers; we’re both second-career teachers, but I just love working with students.”
Before becoming a teacher, Quiñones worked in educational marketing in Boston. However, she ultimately felt drawn to becoming a teacher herself.
“Working with teachers made me realize I love teaching,” she said.
She earned her teaching credential and taught Spanish in the Boston area at the middle and high school levels. Eventually, she moved to California to be closer to her family.
Quiñones grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego. Her husband is from Los Altos and graduated from Homestead High School.
Before taking the job in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, Quiñones worked for seven years as a Spanish teacher at Capuchino High School in the San Mateo Union High School District.
“I loved being a Spanish teacher because I got to connect with kids on a different level where I could share with them the passion I had for my own culture and my language,” Quiñones said.
She also served in a variety of leadership roles, including as the world languages department coordinator.
In her new role, she will oversee facilities and assessment and counsel the senior class, among other duties. Quiñones replaces Carmen Gomez, who retired at the end of last school year.
“It has been an incredibly warm and welcoming environment,” she said. “I just love being here and being a part of the community.”
Quiñones isn’t the only new administrator this school year.
Bob Fishtrom joins MVLA as the director of information services. He spent six years directing information technology for the Sequoia Union High School District and oversaw a $10 million bond budget.
Sumita Gosala is the new assistant director for special education. She previously worked at the Jefferson Elementary School District in Daly City coordinating student placement and individual education plan meetings.