Meet Our Staff

Monica Aguilar, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Monica Aguilar was born and raised in Albuquerque. She is married and has two children, Santiago 18 years old and Emily 13 years old. Mrs. Aguilar attended Valley high school, received her Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico in Secondary Education with a minor in mathematics. Then went on to receive her Master’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Aguilar has been at Nuestros Valores Charter School since 2004. She was a teacher for 4 years with APS and then had the opportunity to be and administrator at Nuestros Valores. She has enjoyed working with the students, staff, and community at Nuestros Valores and is very proud of the success accomplished at NVCS.

 

Bernadette Frietze,  PRINCIPAL/SPECIAL EDUCATION DIRECTOR

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Bernadette Frietze was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is married and has two children, Davian 5 years old and Julian 2 years old. She attended Sandia High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from the College of Santa Fe in Elementary Education with an endorsement in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).  She also received her Master’s degree from the College of Santa Fe in Multicultural Special Education. She has her Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling license as well as her Educational Leadership license.  This is her second year here at NVCS. She has worked for APS the last 10 years. She loves the students here at NVCS and feels like the school is a perfect fit for her.

 

Rhonda Cordova, BUSINESS MANAGER

Rhonda Cordova is the business manager for Nuestros Valores Charter School.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and her Master’s Degree in Finance and Human Resources from the College of Santa Fe.  Rhonda has been a business manager for charter schools in New Mexico since 2003.

 

Lu Hunter, OFFICER MANAGER

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Lu was born in Milan, Italy, where she obtained her doctorate in English with a concentration in Native American literature. She moved to the United States in 1995 for a post doctoral fellowship, obtained a Master in Finance from the Anderson School of Management at UNM, and met her best friend, Matt, whom she married in 2001. They have three kids, a dog, and a horse, an occasional toad, and a resident squirrel.

Angelica Padilla, SCHOOL COUNSELOR

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Mica Trujillo, SCHOOL COUNSELOR

 

Jody Antal, SOCIAL WORKER

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Regina Vigil, BILINGUAL COORDINATOR

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I teach all levels of English as a Second Language and Spanish Language Arts and serve as Bilingual Coordinator and Instructional Coach. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders and Spanish from New Mexico State University and a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and English as a Second Language from the University of Phoenix. I currently hold a Level II Professional Teaching License with endorsements in Modern, Classical, and Native Languages and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I began teaching in 2000 with the Pecos Independent Schools, in Pecos, NM and have taught at Nuestros Valores since moving to Albuquerque in 2006.

Because English Language Learners are learning English while also learning content, my goal is to provide challenging, content-based, and language-rich lessons together with learning strategies that can help students achieve overall academic success. In an effort to move ELLs toward biliteracy, my students also take Spanish Language Arts for the purpose of increasing their proficiency in reading and writing in their native language.

Maria Trillo, SPANISH TEACHER

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Originally from El Paso, TX., Maria Eugenia Trillo is a UNM lobo. She has a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from UNM; a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto and a BA from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. She is the proud mother of two daughters who are also lobitas from UNM. She loves pugs, kids, hot air ballons and cumbias.

 

Diana Garcia, ENGLISH TEACHER

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Diana Garcia has been teaching English 11/12, and Media Literacy at Nuestros Valores Charter High School since 2010. In addition to teaching, she is the assistant coach and general manager of the girls’ varsity volleyball team.

Mrs. Garcia received her Master of Arts in Secondary Education degree and double bachelor degrees in Fine Arts and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. She received her level three teaching license with an endorsement in Language Arts and TESOL in 2015. Before joining Nuestros Valores she had prior experience with substituting, teaching dance, and completing her student teaching at West Mesa High School.  While completing her student teaching at West Mesa, she was elected as a Top Ten Teacher from a graduating senior.

Mrs. Garcia believes that knowledge is power, and she tries every day to insure that her students have all the academic tools possible to not only improve their lives, but the lives of their community.

 

 Brian VerPloegh, ENGLISH TEACHER

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Adrian Garcia, MATH TEACHER

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My name is Adrian Garcia, I teach Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. This is my second year at NVCS, and my 4th year overall teaching mathematics. I attended UNM where I received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, with a minor in Economics. While attending UNM I accepted a fellowship with UNM’s College of Education where in which I earned my teaching certification. I am a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. I personally believe that the more educated our youth and society are as a whole, the safer and better off all of us will be. I am extremely honored to have a part in helping our youth prepare for and succeed in life after high school.

 

Cydelia Chavez, MATH TEACHER

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Cydelia Chavez was raised in Durango, Colorado but has been resident of Albuquerque, NM for 17 years. She currently teaches Geometry, Number Theory and the Math Resource Lab. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pure Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. She is a level III teacher licensed by the NM Public Education Department in Mathematics K-12.

Ms. Chavez is currently enjoying her 9th year at Nuestros Valores.

She is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and has run a marathon.  Yoga has become her newest obsession.  Her philosophy of training the body and the mind are the same: practice, practice, practice. The body will go wherever the mind takes it.

Christin Carr, MATH TEACHER

Matthew Salas, SOCIAL STUDIES/DUAL CREDIT TEACHER

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My name is Matt Salas and I’m a 2010 graduate from New Mexico State University. I graduated in the top 15% of my class, and this is my second year teaching. I obtained a degree in History with minors in English and Government, and hold a license to teach Social Studies, English, and English as a Second Language. My personal interests include sports, traveling, and reading. I am interested in politics, political theory, theology, and both social and foreign affairs.

I truly enjoy the art of teaching and assisting the youth in their development and maturation.

I believe education is a Civil Rights issue and must be adequately served and equated to all young adults.

I maintain a strong ambition to enter government and politics in the future in order to further my contribution to my community.

 

Derrick Adkins, HISTORY TEACHER

 

Demone Curry, PE/HEALTH TEACHER

 

Kacie Desomer, SCIENCE TEACHER

 

Sharon Ostrom. SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

 

Domenico Tognini, STUDENT SUPPORT

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My name is Domenico Tognoni. I am a single father of two wonderful little girls, Jasmine, 9 and Lilliana, 6. I served in the United States Air Force from 2002-2006 and exited the military with an Honorable Discharge.  I received my Associates’ Degree in Integrated Studies from Central Mexico Community College and I am currently attending the University of New Mexico to receive my BA in Fine Arts. I have been a substitute teacher for the last 3 years and this school year will be my first full year as an Educational Assistant. I am excited to be at Nuestros Valores and I believe I can help students accomplish many of the goals our students set for themselves and their future.

Alyssa Jackson, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT