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Eagle Staff Spotlight October 2021: Mrs. Maleno Braun

By Edmund Shryock


  1. How long have you been teaching at Glenn?

“I have been a teacher for six years here at John Glenn, I was also an AVID Tutor for 2 years.” Mrs. Braun has been a serving member of the district for 8 years. 

  1. What is your favorite part about John Glenn? 

“I love the community on campus and the family feel from the students. My students go out of their way to make me feel appreciated as a teacher.” 

  1. What clubs and activities are you involved with on campus?

“I participate in the Cinema club!”

  1. Did you always want to be a teacher? 

“No way! When I was younger I did not want to be a teacher.” She realized in her 20’s that she really enjoys helping people. She expressed how, “It takes time to know who you are as a person, and to accept yourself.” 

  1. Favorite genre of music?

Mrs. Braun really enjoys 90s rock. Her favorite band is Weezer.

  1. What do you do in your free time?

“If I am not playing with my kids, I love spearfishing, rock climbing, and rollerskating.” Mrs. Braun is a certified free diver who has the ability to hold her breath for 3 minutes and dive to 60 feet underwater. She is also a rescue certified scuba diver. 

  1. Favorite sports team?

She does not watch professional sports but she follows the Orange County Octopush Team, which is an underwater hockey team. She has played before and was quick to admit that it is a really difficult sport.

  1. Favorite movie?

“My favorite movie is Labyrinth!” she said with excitement. One of her favorite things about the movie is that it had the singer David Bowie which she really enjoys. 

  1. Any advice that you would like to give the student body at Glenn?

“Find what motivates you in life, whether it is a hobby, sport or an idea! However, find something you love to do because doing it will bring you joy in life when things get tough.” 

  1. Anything else you would like the students to know about yourself?

“I have a lot of hidden talents, however if you do not ask me, I won’t end up sharing. I am more than just a teacher, so reach out if you ever see me!” 

Eagle Staff Spotlight: Mr. Derrick Wroten

By Orion

Meet the Bugle Staff Spotlight member of the month, Mr. Derrick Wroten. Mr. Wroten is a long time Social Studies and Child Development/ACE Academy teacher in room 707.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This would be my 18th year.

Q: Did you always plan on teaching?

A: I have known since high school that I wanted to work with high school students, but originally I wanted to be counselor. I eventually became a teacher instead.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I went to Riverside Community College then transferred to Cal State Long Beach

Q: Are you planning on involving yourself in clubs?

A: I was planning on doing a DJ Club but only two people showed up, one of which thought it was the Gamers Club, which is now run by Mr. C.

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Q: What do you do in your free time? Hobbies?

A: I DJ for backyard stuff, birthday parties, quinces, park gatherings, etc.

Q: How long have you been a DJ?

A: About 8 years now, all the stuff is on the computer.

Q: Any favorite sports you are into? What are your favorite teams?

A: Football it’s the Steelers; soccer is the U.S., more international stuff; basketball it’s the Lakers; baseball is the Dodgers, obviously, and I like boxing.

Q: How long do you plan on teaching?

A: Probably for the next ten years or so.

Staff spotlight: Custodians

By Jimmy Gomez

One year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and finally, the reopening of schools is starting to become an even greater discussion. Custodians have played an important role in the reopening of schools and are helping prepare for hybrid learning in order for the students and staff to feel safe to return to school.

Even though health workers and law enforcement are crucial during these times, we can not forget about our custodial staff. Our custodial staff consists of: Carlos Feliciano (Head Custodian), Robert Lopez (Day Custodian), Daniel Vargas (Night Lead Custodian), Anthony Zaragoza (Night Custodian), and Paul Galvan (Night Custodian).

At school, they have been preparing and setting up the classrooms and other parts of the campus, which has made it reassuring to return to school. “We have been trying to keep busy setting up for hybrid learning and taking care of other projects that are not possible during regular class hours and days,” says Mr. Galvan. Some of the actions they have taken to prevent more COVID-19 cases from arising at school are setting up each desk with clear plastic dividers, measuring & separating desks to make sure they are 6 feet apart, and having marked stand-by lines for entrances and exits.

The custodians have also made sure that all the classrooms and offices are deep cleaned and disinfected after being used by any staff. They have also been adding air purifiers to all rooms, gyms, and offices and have been removing any extra furniture to make as much space possible. Mr. Zaragoza stated, “As a custodian it’s just preparing for new safety measures we must take to make sure students and staff can return to school and feel safe to want to come back.” 

The pandemic has also affected the custodial staff and the work that they do. They no longer have students to take care of, which is an important part of their job. Mr. Zaragoza says, “Covid has been tough, with the schools being closed and the world being closed, it’s given me little options to do anything.” Others have lost loved ones or family members. I’m sure that most of us, if not all, can relate to this. And it has not been such a grand experience. However, they have found ways to distract themselves and do things that they love.

I am sure that I can speak on behalf of the seniors of this year’s graduating class that we are thankful for them because without our custodians, there wouldn’t be any possibility that we could return to school. Some of us have lost our motivation, but returning to campus as a student for the last time is meaningful to us. It is important that we remind ourselves that our custodians work very hard to make sure that we are safe and comfortable at school. Not only during this pandemic, but also during “normal times.”

The Bugle thanks them all for their work and the actions they have taken in order to make us feel safe.

Eagle Staff Spotlight: Ms. Monica Afshar

By Aideth Palacios

For this month’s Eagle Staff Spotlight, I wanted to share with you all someone special on our campus, Ms. Monica Afshar. Ms. Afshar is our College and Career Counselor, and this past Friday I had the honor of interviewing her. I learned a lot from her and I would like to inform you guys about someone who you can go to for guidance in your education. 

Ms. Afshar received her Bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara and a Masters degree and P.P.S. credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Just like many of us, Ms. Afshar was a first-generation college student with parents who did not attend college. When she was younger, she also struggled in applying for college and figuring out what career she wanted to pursue. Luckily, she received guidance from her school counselor as well, who helped her figure out everything.

Ms. Afshar told me that the reason she decided to become a counselor was to serve others and for students to have someone they can rely on without feeling intimidated. Ms. Afshar is a woman whom students can feel comfortable with.

Many students are afraid to seek help from teachers because they are afraid of feeling intimidated. But I have worked with Ms. Afshar, and she creates a comfortable atmosphere in which you are not afraid to ask for help. Students need this! Students can relate to her and feel comfortable when asking for help. Just like me and many of you guys, Ms. Afshar is Hispanic and understands the struggles we face. It’s nice to have someone on campus that understands you. I personally relate to Ms. Afshar because just like her I am going to be a first-gen college student. It was hard for me to navigate the educational system and apply for college, but Ms. Afshar was a tremendous help! She guided me and was there every step of the way during these hard times of COVID-19. Whenever I needed help, I would email her and she was there. 

A recommendation from Mrs. Afshar to our seniors is to make sure to fill out the FAFSA, PLEASE! If you need help, seniors, Ms. Afshar is glad to help. Just email her at her school email MAfshar@nlmusd.k12.ca.us or you can contact through Schoology as well. She also has a helpful page on the JGHS website that includes helpful information called Afshar’s College and Career Corner.

Besides helping seniors, she would like to let all the freshman, sophomores, and juniors to try and aim for the best grades and try their best. She also recommends for students to start researching colleges and looking for your passion, so that when you get to your senior year you have an idea of what you would like to pursue. High school gives students an opportunity for exploration, says Ms. Afshar, and she is absolutely right.

With that being said I recommend for you all to visit Ms. Afshar and set up a Zoom meeting with her to talk about your college needs. She is extremely helpful and patient when helping out students. Ms. Afshar wanted to let you all know that she is blessed to be at our school and that she is here to help you all!