Simon Chavez was born in Panorama City and grew up in Pacoima. He attended San Fernando High School from 1985-87. After high school he attended the California State University, Northridge where he studied Mechanical Engineering. During his studies, he had an internship at the San Onofre Nuclear power plant. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering before going back to CSUN and got a second degree in mathematics. After graduation, he taught at Crespi Carmelite High School for thirteen years as a math teacher. Mr. Chavez has been married for 10 years and has two wonderful kids, Sophia (6 years old) and Daniel (3 years old).