Meet the Staff: SVA Middle School

Sean Ottmer
Head Teacher
I’m very excited to be part of our new Middle School! I have taught high school English at SVA for five years, Middle School Language Arts for four years and 2nd grade for two years. Besides teaching and learning from my students, I love ice-cream, biking and being outdoors. I have an amazing wife and two dogs that I spend my free time with. My favorite book is Catch-22. My favorite ice-cream is Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked and my favorite hike is to the top of Mount Wheeler near Taos, NM. Go Dragons!

Ben Aragon
Educational Assistant 

Richard Brandt
8th Grade Art and Farm Teacher

Neveen Butz
Educational Assistant 

Rosa Caro
Social Worker
I was born and raised in Albuquerque most of my family is from Mexico. I graduated from South Valley Academy back in 2008, received a BA in Social Work, and a Master in Social Work with a concentration in Bilingual/Bicultural Practice from New Mexico Highlands University. This will be my first year working at South Valley Academy as a Social Worker, I am very excited and ready to give back to the school that provided me with so much support and prepared me to succeed in college.  I live with my mother, sisters, niece and four dogs. I enjoy dancing, exercising, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Jennifer Chavez-Miller
8th Grade Humanities Teacher

Sue Cote
7th Grade Math Teacher

Susy Derby
6th Grade Humanities Teacher 

Bryan Dickinson
8th Grade Math Teacher  

Sharlene Fernandez
6th Grade Science Teacher

Laura Fraser
7th Grade Humanities Teacher 

Summer Gonzalez-Ramos
Social Worker
Summer Gonzales-Ramos holds her M.A. in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. She grew up in and currently lives in the South Valley and graduated from South Valley Academy High School in 2007. She enjoys scrapbooking, game nights and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Mike Graham de la Rosa
6th Grade Spanish Teacher 

Kristen Himm
7th Grade Science Teacher 

Wole Ilesanmi
Special Education Teacher
Wole Ilesanmi holds a B.A. in English from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Associate Degree in Education from Middlesex County College, NJ, and MAT in Special Education from Jersey City University, NJ. He is currently enrolled in doctoral program in special education at the University of New Mexico, NM. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and taught English language arts at various secondary schools in Nigeria before moving to the United States in 2002. Wole joined the staff at Perth Amboy High School, NJ as a special education paraprofessional, and served in different inclusive classrooms. He worked as a special education teacher at Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, WY before relocating to NM in 2012. He worked as a Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Sherba de Valenzuela in the Department of Education Specialties at the University of New Mexico, and as a special education teacher at Sandhill Child Development Center, Los Lunas, NM before joining South Valley Academy in Fall 2013. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, writing, and playing soccer.

Kevin Kirby
Special Education Teacher 

Tammie Lamphere
8th Grade Humanities Teacher

Adrian Ortega
6th Grade Math Teacher
I never feel like I am working when I come to SVA.  This is my new home away from home and a place that makes me very happy.  I have taught Middle School Math for 4 years now.  I love that math is a common language that we share with other countries!  I am also a Zumba teacher.  I love dancing any chance I get.  I come from a very large family and I spend most of my free time making memories with them.  I absolutely fell in love with the Twilight series and I am happy to admit that I am a “Twi-hard.”

Alejandro Manzanres
7th Grade Drama Teacher

George Marquez
SELF Teacher 

Abigail Martinez
Special Education Teacher

Lauren Morrison
7th Grade Humanities Teacher

Marie Reyes
8th Grade Science Teacher 

Julie Roybal
6th Grade Humanities Teacher

Felipe Ruibal
7th Grade Spanish Teacher

Yadira Talamantes

Gema Tarango
Educational Assistant 

Monica Torrez
8th Grade Spanish Teacher