Matthew Berryman - Principal

Matthew Berryman


Academy Prep Junior High School & Virtual Academy 

I am looking forward to another incredible school year! My goal is to inspire and encourage students and staff to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom, and to partner with parents in supporting their children to accomplish their life goals.   I began working for the Antelope Valley Union High School District as a teacher in September of 1999. My experience in the classroom was so rewarding, I began to have a desire to impact teachers, staff and systems in order to support our students and community. After working in administration at multiple school sites across the valley I was given the privilege of working as the Principal of Academies of the Antelope Valley in July of 2018.   I grew up in Covina, California and received my B.S. from Azusa Pacific University. After moving to the Antelope Valley with my wife in 1999 to start a family, I received my teaching credential and Masters in Educational Administration from California State University of Bakersfield. As a father of 3 (2 in high school 1 in middle school), I believe in the future of our students and care passionately about the education we provide.   I am always amazed by our students, colleagues and families and I feel grateful to work with such incredible people to help every child at AAV ignite their personal genius! 

Jose Santoyo

Alex Santoyo

Vice Principal

Knight Junior High

I started my educational career as a high school teacher in East Los Angeles in 2001 with the Los Angeles County Office of Education. I have served as a math and health teacher, teacher on special assignment and senior program specialist. Today, as your vice principal of Knight Preparatory Junior High School, I am very excited to create policies that promote a safe learning environment and ensure a school culture that encourages continuous improvement for all students and teachers.  Understanding that community is the essence of a successful school, I have built close working relationships with staff, students and families alike. As we begin the 2019-2020 school year, I look forward to building these same positive and trusting relationships with all stakeholders while continuing best practices that are reflective of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Go Golden Hawks!

Teresa Howard - Vice Principal

Teresa Howard

Vice Principal

Palmdale Junior High

I have been in education since 07’ where I began my teaching career at the Junior High level. Since then, I have taught all grade levels of English (honors and on-level) and AVID. I am happily married to my wonderful husband, have 5 children, and two grandchildren. What I love about education is the power it has to change lives! I truly believe that education is freedom to become anything you want to be in this life. One of my favorite quotes, by Ray Bradbury says, “Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” It takes grit and resilience to achieve your goals and to obtain an education where you can “do what you love” everyday, but everything is possible when you set your mind to it! I am living proof of that!

Jennifer Griffey - Vice Principal

Jennifer Griffey

Vice Principal

SOAR Junior High

 & Virtual Academy

Welcome to SOAR Prep Junior High. I began my career in education as an AVID tutor, and after earning my Bachelor's degree in English at UC Irvine, and my Teaching Credential from Cal State San Marcos, I went on to teach English and AVID at Palmdale High School.  During my years at Palmdale High, I advised clubs, organized school activities, and earned my Master's in Education Administration at Cal State Bakersfield.  I love teaching and I was excited to transition into administration so that I could partner with teachers, staff, and parents to support student learning and growth school-wide.  I come to work every day to participate in an educational community where students feel safe and prepared to challenge themselves academically as they navigate their path to adulthood. Go Rockets!