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 - Aida Frietz
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.
Head of Operations - Nohemi Sanchez
Regional Director of Schools - Dr. 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.