Richard A. Perea
Mr. Perea is a native of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and graduated from Santa Rosa High School (SRHS) in 1985. Mr. Perea is a proud U.S. Veteran. He attended the New Mexico Military Institute after high school and continued on to join the United States Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1990.
After serving his country, he pursued his degree in education from New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Secondary Education. While teaching and coaching at SRHS, he earned his Master of Arts in Education Administration also from NMHU. He began his educational leadership career as a Vice Principal at Moriarty High School, followed by a Mid/High Principalship at Jemez Mountain Schools. He then returned to Santa Rosa to be the High School Principal. After nine years of principal positions, he became Superintendent of Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools.
Mr. Perea has been involved in education for twenty-seven years. His goal in education has always been to help New Mexico students. He has a strong foundation in teaching history, bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, along with finance and budget. He strongly believes that “the best teachers are those who take on underachieving students and turn them into high-achievers.”
Mr. Perea was raised in a Spanish-speaking family and is the youngest of eleven (eight sisters and two brothers). He has been married to his wife Julia for twenty-five years, has two sons, a daughter and two granddaughters.
Favorite quote: “La Educación no cambia al mundo, cambia a las personas que van a cambiar el mundo.” -Paulo Freire-
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Director of Student Affairs and Activities
In addition, Mr. Gonzalez also had the opportunity early in his career to collaborate with the team from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education School Redesign Network (SRN) to bring innovation and reform to Albuquerque Public Schools’ High Schools. He has also shared best practices within the field of Project Based Learning to a national audience at the Deeper Learning Conference hosted by High Tech High in San Diego.
When Mr. Gonzalez is not at South Valley Academy, he enjoys fly fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, and sailing, and when visiting his native San Diego, he loves to surf and eat fish tacos. During the winter, Mr. Gonzalez serves with the National Ski Patrol at Sandia Peak where he is an Outdoor Emergency Care expert and instructor/trainer for the Sandia Peak Ski Patrol. He is also a BLS CPR and First Aid instructor with the American Red Cross and the National Ski Patrol. Mr. Gonzalez also serves as a ski Instructor at Sandia Peak when time permits. Recently, Mr Gonzalez was given an open invitation to serve as a crew member in the prestigious Round the Word Clipper Sailing Race out of Gosport, United Kingdom. He is determined to undertake this great global challenge when the right time permits.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Ms. Andi Januskiewicz (Ms J) is an Albuquerque native, and has worked in education for over 16 years. She has taught at Montezuma ES, Truman MS, and the International School at Mesa del Sol charter here in Albuquerque. She also spent 8 years working in international schools abroad, including 2 years in New Delhi, India at the American Embassy School; 4 years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at Mont’Kiara International School; and 2 years as the Director of Learning at Colegio Americano de Torreón in Mexico. She has also coached high school speech and debate (forensics) teams.
Ms J worked as the Head of the Social Studies Department, and completed her administrative internship there, which provided her with a number of opportunities to work on issues such as child-safety policies, scheduling, WASC accreditation, handbook revision, analysis of teacher-induction practices, and press-releases. She was also the Director of the middle and high school Model United Nations (MUN) clubs and annual THIMUN-affiliated Malaysia-MUN (MYMUN) conference. This experience afforded Ms J the opportunity to run a highly-successful conference attended by 20+ international schools in SE Asia; a year-long planning event that involved working closely with student leadership and school personnel at all levels.
As the Director of Learning at the Colegio Americano de Torreón, Ms J continued gaining experience in relationship-building, student-centered decision-making, planning professional development, curriculum review and design, assessment, and grading practices - which are areas of education she is highly committed to - as well as data-collection and analysis, the development and implementation of programs, classroom observations, NWEA and AP test-coordination, and working with long-term strategic planning.
Ms J is excited to return to South Valley Academy this year as Director of Teaching and Learning. SVA’s students, teachers, and families have worked hard to overcome the challenges of the past year and a half wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and she is looking forward to meeting more of the community in person, and utilizing what we’ve learned about educating our youth in a post-pandemic world.
Ms J values life-long learning and holds a B.A. in Theatre, a M.A. in Elementary (K-8) Education, and a M.Ed. in preK-12 School Administration and Supervision. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and cats, SCUBA-diving, traveling, being outdoors, and reading. Ms J also loves working with and volunteering for animal rescue groups whenever possible.
Director of Finance and Operations
Heidi Gomez is an Albuquerque native and a South Valley Academy alumna from our school’s first graduating class of 2004. Ms. Gomez holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Information Assurance from the University of New Mexico. She has over 10 years of accounting experience and has been with our school since 2014. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors!