As summer school principal at Muir for the last two years, Macias has supervised his share of students.
He's been teaching in the Burbank Unified School District for seven years as a teacher of at-risk students at the Community Day School, which is an alternative school for students with behavioral problems.
In 2005 the Kiwanis Club of Burbank awarded him with the Outstanding Educator Award and he was nominated this year for the district's Teacher of the Year award.
While he enjoyed his time at the Community Day School and will miss the students and his colleagues, Macias said he was ready to move on.
"I am very excited," he said. "[This is a] very big personal and professional opportunity that I have been actively gearing up for in the last couple of years."
While working as a teacher at the Community Day School, Macias took every opportunity he could to participate in administrative duties, he said. He worked as a manager of instruction, personnel, student counselor and, his specialty, discipline.
When he moves on to Burroughs High he will be responsible for most of the disciplinary actions and encounters with students on the campus. But being the bad guy doesn't worry Macias.
At the Community Day School, he supervised about 60 or 70 students at the most. When he begins his new job at Burroughs, he will be taking the place of Sharon Cuseo, who was promoted to Principal of David Starr Jordan Middle School. He'll also encounter about 2,500 fresh, teenage faces.
The increased numbers of students, however, is a challenge he said he is looking forward to taking on.
His work as summer school principal should come in handy, Deputy Supt. Joel Shapiro said.
"Oscar has the qualifications we were looking for," Shapiro said. "He has demonstrated his leadership ability at Community Day School, on district committees as well as acting as summer school principal, and he will be a really good fit at Burroughs."
While supervising a summer school emergency drill on the field at Muir Middle School, Macias reflected on his past summer and the current one with the students there.
"I think it definitely did prepare me with dealing with discipline issues, increased attendances," Macias said. "It's just a miniature version of what's in hold."
Macias leaves his teaching position at the Community Day School vacant on July 23.