Antelope Valley School District



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



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!