by Kelley Gusich | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Always Enjoying

Paul Avalos and Mireya Barajas-Avalos were already living in the great state of California, having met in college while attending CSU Los Angeles. But about 15 years ago, they took advantage of a job opportunity in the fabulous city of Carlsbad and have been here ever since. “We love it here,” the duo explained. “There’s great weather, it’s close to the beach and has good schools.” Paul has been a manager at Leslie’s Pool Supply for the past three years, while Mireya is currently the membership coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad (BGCC) Village Clubhouse for almost two years.family_avalos2

Meet the Avalos

Parents: Paul Avalos and Mireya Barajas-Avalos
Children: Samantha (18) and Natalia (11)
Community: Carlsbad
Hometowns: Los Angeles, CA
Occupations: Paul – Manager at Leslie’s Pool Supply; Mireya – Membership Coordinator at BGCC Village Clubhouse
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Warm Waters


family_avalos3family_avalos4The family enjoys going to the beach, watching soccer, hiking, and road trips. Daughters Samantha and Natalia avidly participate in the Carlsbad fun and beyond. Eighteen-year-old Samantha graduated from Carlsbad High back in June and will be attending Emerson College with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Marketing Communications. The Broadcast Journalism interest came early – Samantha was in CHSTV since ninth grade and was a member of the CHSTV LiveStream Team. She started playing soccer at age five and played for San Diego Surf Soccer Club (SDSC). Samantha enjoys giving back to her community and has volunteered at the Cole Library, Jefferson Elementary’s KJEF Broadcast Program, and the BGCC. Eleven-year-old Natalia is going into the seventh grade at Valley Middle School and also started playing soccer at the age of five, continuing the tradition by playing for the SDSC. She is a member of the BGCC Torch Club, a youth leadership program in which Natalia has served as president. Paul and Mireya told us, “She enjoys helping and working with the younger members of the club.”

The family enjoys going to the beach, watching soccer, hiking, and road trips.

Mireya assists in many areas as well. She has been a member of the CHSTV Booster Club and is an active volunteer. She also helps at Jefferson Elementary and Valley Middle and is a member of the Carlsbad Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The family spends a lot of time together, whether it’s for family game night, watching a movie, or just taking a walk in their beautiful Carlsbad community.family_avalos5