Meet Amundsen Administrative Clerk Enid Chinchilla

This is part of a continuing series of Q&A interviews with the people of Amundsen and Lake View high schools.

Q: What’s something few people know about you? 

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A: I went to college to become a youth minister.

Q: What brought you to your current position? 

A: I was a college student on track to becoming a youth minister when I was offered work as an administrative assistant at a CPS high school. I accepted the position and served there for about 7 years. At that time I met my current principal, Anna Pavichevich, who was supporting our school as an interim principal. Soon after, Ms. Pavichevich accepted a principal position at Amundsen and offered me an opportunity to join her team. I've been a proud Viking ever since.

Q: What do you like best about your work at Amundsen? 

A: My work allows me to support students during their high school years as they prepare to achieve their highest potential in their post-secondary endeavors. I enjoy working alongside the counseling team and business office providing numerous supports and services to our students, parents, staff and community. 

Q: What was your own high school like? How was it similar to or different from Amundsen?

A: I went to a small, all-girls private school. It was a great experience. It felt like family. The school spirit was felt heavily throughout my time there. In that way, it was similar to Amundsen. From the moment I came on staff, I knew I was part of a special group of people trying to do something exceptional. You feel it when you walk through the halls, talk to the students, collaborate with colleagues. I feel very fortunate to be at Amundsen.

Q: What’s one thing you wish people knew about your school?  

A: I think the buzz is getting around. Amundsen is a contender. We're working diligently as a school community to achieve high-level results year after year. We're all in, and we're in it together achieving Level 1+ status as a neighborhood high school for the second year in a row. 

Q: Please share one of the best moments you’ve had working at this school.

A: My favorite time of year at Amundsen is homecoming week. We fill it with fun themes and activities, decorate the halls with balloons and streamers as our athletic teams prepare to be celebrated at our all-school pep rally. It's all about school spirit as the stadium is filled with our staff and students all at the same time. It's good seeing the kids—with their painted faces, spirit wear and athletic uniforms—cheering and just being kids. The buildup and the energy is great. I look forward to it every year. It makes me proud to be a Viking.

Q: What advice would you give to a student just starting out at your school?  

A: Get connected. There are so many ways to get involved and so many people waiting to support you. You have a place here. We want you to reach your greatest potential while enjoying all that Amundsen has to offer.