Our Team

Baylor Del Rosario

Baylor Del Rosario, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Baylor began his teaching career in 1996 after attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. He soon moved to New Mexico after being offered a position as a teacher in the Albuquerque area. Over the past 27 years, Baylor held positions as a teacher, principal, university faculty, and has worked at the Public Education Department (NMPED) as well as in child protective services with CYFD. Most recently, Baylor was a district administrator in Bernalillo Public Schools prior to coming to South Valley Prep. A first-generation American as the son of immigrants from the Philippines, Baylor’s passion for education began with his experience moving to the U.S. at the age of 10 and attending schools that were diverse and engaging in the San Francisco Bay Area. Baylor and his wife, Suzanne who is also an educator, have two grown children who attended dual language programs, while attending school in the Albuquerque and Las Cruces areas. Baylor is excited to be part of the South Valley Prep community and is eager to continue its mission of providing a quality middle school experience for students within a small, safe, family learning environment.

Aida Homs-Rivera

Aida Homs-Rivera, MA

Assistant Principal

Aida was born on the island of Puerto Rico and moved to New Mexico in 1999, to study at UNM and pursue her bachelor's and master's degrees in bilingual education with a concentration in multicultural education in "Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies”. She is a mother, daughter, friend, and educator who calls New Mexico her second home. Aida is a certified Pre-K-12 educator with twenty years of experience in education. She was a Program Specialist and Early Childhood Trainer for the University of New Mexico. The State appointed her as an Anchor Trainer for the New Mexico Early Childhood Integrated Approach as well as a curriculum developer & Instructor for the online Cross Sector team of training, consultation, and instruction. As part of her administrator and educator career, she has experience working with children, families, and adults. Aida has worked in the districts of Puerto Rico, Las Vegas Nevada, Montgomery County, Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, and Albuquerque Public Schools and she feels her trajectory has prepared her and guided her to this job as an assistant Principal at South Valley Prep. Aida embraces diversity and values equity and wants to ensure to meet the needs of her South Valley Prep. school community as she efforts on running it in a safe and efficient manner. Helping students develop a self of identity and empower families to be part of our school communities by embracing their individual culture and heritage are a fundamental part of her school community vision.

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Maria Fidalgo

Business Manager

Maria Fidalgo comes to South Valley Prep with a wealth of experience as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) having worked in state government from the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) to the Public Education Department (NMPED). As a CPA, Maria has also used her skills in finance and accounting to support districts and charter schools across New Mexico. Maria is currently the owner of Fidalgo Accounting and Consulting, LLC

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Ramona Blea

Office Manager

Ramona is SVP’s office manager and she has been with us her whole career in schools being 5 years. Ramona’s favorite part of her job is working with a super-duper team and spending time with students.

Ashley Barranca

Ashley Barranca

Assistant Business Manager

Ashley is our new Assistant Admin/Business Manager. She has been a part of the SVP family in a parent role for many years and is excited to join us as an employee. She has several years of Finance/Banking experience along with the experience of owning her own business. She is a longtime member of the South Valley, as she was born and raised here with her seven younger siblings. Ashley and her husband Ray have three daughters and one son who keep them very busy. While juggling careers, school, dance, and baseball their favorite thing to do is spend time with family.

George Aho

George Aho

P.E. & Health Teacher

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Santana Avila

8B Homeroom, Science B Strand

Santana is our school's science teacher, she has been with us her whole career as a teacher being 1 year. Santana’s favorite part of her job is making kids smile by teaching them science.

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William Bittner

7B Homeroom, Humanities B Strand

Mr. Bittner was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up on the outskirts of Albuquerque’s South Valley, on the west side of town, near West Mesa High School. The relationships he developed growing up, immersed him in Spanish-speaking households which has greatly aided in his basic fluency of the Spanish language. He attended some of the best schools in the state including: Sunset Mesa Elementary School, Sandia Preparatory School, and ultimately the University of New Mexico where he was a two-time Dean’s List scholar and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He uses these academic experiences to help him with his teaching at South Valley Prep every single day. Mr. Bittner was a multi-sport athlete who played basketball at the varsity level for Sandia Prep. He is passionate about sports, dogs, and cars; and he looks forward to turning his automotive passion into a new “Automotive Basics 101” elective course for 8th graders at SVP. Mr. Bittner has just recently completed his 8th year at SVP teaching humanities and reading, and he looks forward to many more years to come!

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Edward Blea

7A Homeroom, Humanities A Strand

I am Edward Blea . I have been teaching at SVP for seven years. I have taught Science, Reading, Writing, and Humanities. I also coach the flag football team. I am from Albuquerque and grew up in the South Valley. I have a bachelors degree in Social Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. Teaching is my second profession. I am a retired police officer from the Albuquerque Police Department and I worked there 21 years.

I am married to my beautiful wife Melanie. I have two sons, Zac and Aaron, from a previous marriage and also have three grandchildren. I love sports especially football. I also love watching movies and reading comic books.

Bianca Caraveo

Bianca Caraveo

Special Education Teacher

Bianca has been working for the school as a teacher for 1 month but has been working in total for 9 years. Bianca’s favorite thing about her job is teaching and working with students. Watching students succeed.

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Nora Chavez-de Montano

21st Century Coordinator & Health Assistant

Nora has been working for the school for 10 years as a co-nurse but in total, she has been working for 29 years. Nora’s favorite thing about her job is the community, students, staff, food pretty much everything about her job.

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Margaret (Peggy) Davis

School Nurse

Margaret has been working for the school as a Nurse for 5 years but has been working in total for 5.5 years. Margaret’s favorite thing about her job is the people, especially Nora.

Maria-Duarte

Maria 'Mari' Duarte

Substitute & Reset Room Support

Maria is a  Native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. She is excited to be at South Valley Prep supporting social-emotional well-being of students both in the classroom and in the reset room.

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Liza Gallegos

Cafeteria Manager

Liza Gallegos has worked since the 2022-2023 school year, but has volunteered over the years since the school was located on Gun Club Road in the South Valley. 

Eppie Lopez

Eppie Lopez

Special Education Teacher

Born and raised in the South Valley, Eppie Lopez is a passionate educator deeply committed to the community he calls home. Now teaching at South Valley Prep, Eppie brings a wealth of experience as a Level III Special Education and General Education teacher. With a background that includes international teaching in Abu Dhabi and numerous accolades such as Teacher of the Year in Durango, Colorado, and the Ray Romer Teaching Fellowship from USC, Eppie is dedicated to fostering educational equity and personal growth.

Through the RISE program—Resilience, Inspiration, Self-Efficacy, and Empowerment—Eppie provides students with essential Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, ensuring accessible and adaptive education for all. His dedication to public service and innovative approach continue to inspire and impact students and educators alike.

Joey Gallegos

Joey Gallegos

Custodian Services

Joey has been a long time member of the South Valley Prep community having had children at the school since it was located on Gun Club Road. Currently, Joey provides janitorial services at South Valley Prep and his job continues to make a difference in the appearance of the school each and every day.

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Elsa Martinez

6B Homeroom, Math B Strand

Graduated high school in Artesia New Mexico. Attended UNM college of education and graduated with a K-8 bachelor's degree in Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Bilingual fluent in both Spanish and English. Did student teaching at La Mesa Elementary school, taught at Washington Middle School.

Carmela Montez

Carmela Montez

6A Homeroom, Math A Strand

I am in my 27th year of teaching; 15 years at Kit Carson Elementary School and 12 years at South Valley Prep. I am a founding member of South Valley Prep. The Charter was certified by the state of New Mexico in 2009. I am the 8A Homeroom teacher; math teacher for 6, 7, 8; I teach reading, Spanish Language Arts and for the first time this year, Science Olympiad as an elective! My identity is my superpower! - A. Ferrera

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Isabel Roman

Substitute & Reset Room Support

Isabel has been involved in South Valley Prep for many years including having been it's cafeteria manager and front office receptionist. Her rapport with students and knowledge of the community are critical components of her success at the school.

Abrahim Falco

Abrahim Falco

8A Homeroom, Science A Strand

Mr. Falco received his bachelor's degree from International Open University, Gambia. Mr. Falco taught in a traditional school district as well as in higher education prior to his return to South Valley Prep.