SVP’s Governing Council

Governing Council - Brittney Barreras

Brittney Barreras


I am a firm believer that we are all products of our community. I am proud of my roots here in Albuquerque’s South Valley. My mom has always been my hero. She taught me so much growing up, I can still hear her voice telling me “never forget where you came from, when you do good, give that back to the community who raised you up.” My life’s mission is to inspire the people around me through positivity.

I have had a really cool life so far and it just keeps getting better. I have a daughter named Isla who brings me joy everyday. I didn’t ever think I’d become a mom, it is the biggest job I will ever have and also the most rewarding. I hope to pass to her the love and compassion I have for others and also give her the freedom to be happy, whoever that may be.

In 2020, I was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives. I learned so much about local politics and really fell in love with civic service. Although my days as an elected official are behind me, I still stay up to date with the latest political news and my goal is to let as many people as possible know how important their voice is. One vote may not make an impression but together we are a force and we must fight for what is right.

I will continue to do my best in my community and bring attention to inequities we face everyday.

Governing Council - Monica Aguilar

Monica Aguilar

Vice Chair
Audit / Finance Committee

Monica Aguilar is the Executive Director at Mark Armijo Academy and is from Albuquerque. Monica received her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Mexico in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics and received her Master of Arts Degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Educational Leadership. Monica has 25 years of experience working in an educational setting, 20 of those years have been at Mark Armijo Academy.

Monica is passionate about the school community and strongly believes all students will succeed when individual support is provided. Monica is dedicated to the mission and values of each charter school. Monica is an active community member and is happy to bring her expertise to the Governance Board at South Valley Prep. Monica enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with her family.

South Valley Preparatory School - Mascot

Steven Cordova


Steven Cordova is currently employed by New Mexico Gas Company. He has served on the Governing Council since August 26, 2021.

South Valley Preparatory School - Mascot

Bernadette Frietze

Audit / Finance Committee

Bernadette Frietze is currently the Principal and Special Education Director at Mark Armijo Academy Charter High School. She has served on the South Valley Preparatory School Governing Council since October of 2012.

Jessica Montoya

Jessica Montoya

General Member

Lisa Krebs

Lisa Krebs

General Member

Lisa Krebs is a reading tutor and handwriting instructor who recently moved back to Albuquerque after living in Memphis, Tennessee for a little over 7 years. Lisa has 3 grown children, 2 of whom are undergraduate students at UNM. Lisa has been involved in education in various capacities from serving as a head parent at her children’s K-8 school to foundation treasurer. Currently, Lisa owns her own education-based business and is excited to be part of the Governing Council at South Valley Preparatory School for which she has been a member since October of 2023.


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Role of the Governing Council

The role of the Governing Council to ensure the academic program of South Valley Preparatory School is successful, that the school's program and operations are faithful to its charter, and that the school is a viable organization. The purpose of the Governing Council is to set the general direction and policies of the school rather than to manage it on a daily basis.

Below you will find policies and resolutions approved by the Governing Council.