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Principal - Katlin Hewson

Principal - Katlin Hewson

Kat Hewson has spent over 15 years in the educational field, serving scholars from grades K-12 and higher education as a teacher and school leader. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Education and Spanish and holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  She relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 2017 where she explored various educational opportunities before calling the Academies of Math and Science home in 2019. She served as Instructional Coach and Assistant Principal at the Academy of Math and Science Glendale. In 2023, she transitioned to her current role as the proud principal of Academy of Math and Science South Mountain. Kat is committed to the principles that all scholars deserve a high-quality education and that every scholar can learn. She believes in the power of collaboration and teamwork. She actively engages with fellow leaders, parents, and the community to create a supportive partnership that enhances the educational experience for all stakeholders. 



Assistant Principal - Brian Kwon

Dean of Scholars-  Brian Kwon  


Assistant Principal - Aida Frietz

📧 Contact Assistant Principal Frietz

Principal Frietz AMS FlowerAida has been an administrator for the past 2.5 years at AMS!  Ms. Frietz retired in 2018 after 33 years in a public school district with Title 1 schools. Roosevelt School District is where she started and finished her career before joining AMS.  Ms. Frietz was a middle school classroom teacher for 12 years and taught American History, Social Studies, and ELA. She held various leadership roles and became an assistant principal for 9 years. Thereafter, she became principal, and she had the opportunity of opening a new school in 2005. She often states that her career has been a beautiful journey! 
She takes the concerns of our teachers and their families to heart. She maintains humility by working hard and remaining confident in the abilities of her teachers and scholars.
Aida’s greatest achievements have been in organizing instructional programs and in helping others deliver quality instructional practices in the classroom. She loves to teach middle school level ELA and Social Studies. Ms. Frietz welcomes the opportunity to teach leadership skills to others so that they can build great leadership teams at their local schools. Ms. Frietz encourages weekly data chats with grade level teams, and she is energized again when teachers can speak to their ELA, Math, Science or Writing data.  She motivates teachers to analyze the standards, break them down and to look at data, (own the data) to assess the weekly lessons which need to take place. 
For Ms. Frietz, the big excitement comes when teachers collaborate and talk about the growth our scholars make.  Ms. Frietz believes in commitment, consistency, and clarity. She celebrates the success stories of teachers often, whether in or out of the classroom. Ms. Frietz works hard toward developing strong school leadership teams and values personal growth. Collaborating with teammates renews her passion for teaching and learning!

Assistant Principal - Amelia Campoa Lopez


Head of Operations - Nohemi Sanchez

Head of Operations -  Nohemi Sanchez  


Regional Director of Schools - Dr. Andre Haughton

Andre Haughton

Before joining the Academies of Math and Science in June 2022, Dr. Haughton has spent over a decade working to improve the lives of students in Texas and California through enhanced educational opportunities.

After earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2010, he began his career as a Teach For America corps member teaching 8th grade social studies in Houston, Texas. Over the next several years he continued to teach while earning a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas and dedicating his summers to training new teachers through Teach For America’s summer institute as well as veteran teachers with the Houston Independent School District. Over the next few years Dr. Haughton won the coveted Kinder Award for Excellence in Teaching in Houston (2015), became an assistant principal (2016), and earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Houston (2017). Since then, he has continued to train new teachers as a professor with the Relay Graduate School of Education and Houston Community College while also being a principal-in-residence in Austin, Texas and then school principal in Oakland, California.

Throughout his career, Dr. Haughton has now taught over 800 students, been a leader for over 2,500 students, and coached/supported over 500 teachers, many of whom have gone on to lead schools of their own.

A full summary of school personnel experience and resumes are available for public review upon request. Please contact the school directly.