Mr. Aviña was born in Northern California. Soon after, his family moved to California's Imperial Valley. He completed high school there and then attended the University of California, Irvine. Mr. Aviña earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Fullerton. He taught both elementary and middle school levels in Santa Ana, California. Later he worked as a Curriculum Specialist at the district level. He served as an assistant principal for five years before coming to South Tamarind. Mr. Aviña has been Principal at South Tamarind Elementary since 2008.
Mr. Aviña has been Principal of Shadow Hills Elementary School since the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.