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Matthew Berryman - Principal

Matthew Berryman


Academy Prep Junior High School

& Virtual Academy 

I am looking forward to another incredible school year! My goal is to inspire and encourage students and staff to be the best they can be in and out of the classroom, and to partner with parents in supporting their children to accomplish their life goals.   I began working for the Antelope Valley Union High School District as a teacher in September of 1999. My experience in the classroom was so rewarding, I began to have a desire to impact teachers, staff and systems in order to support our students and community. After working in administration at multiple school sites across the valley I was given the privilege of working as the Principal of Academies of the Antelope Valley in July of 2018.   I grew up in Covina, California and received my B.S. from Azusa Pacific University. After moving to the Antelope Valley with my wife in 1999 to start a family, I received my teaching credential and Masters in Educational Administration from California State University of Bakersfield. As a father of 3 (2 in high school 1 in middle school), I believe in the future of our students and care passionately about the education we provide.   I am always amazed by our students, colleagues and families and I feel grateful to work with such incredible people to help every child at AAV ignite their personal genius! 

Matthew Fitzgerald

Matthew Fitzgerald

Vice Principal

SOAR Junior High

 & Virtual Academy

Welcome students and families!  This is my 26th year in education!  I was born into a family of 9 children.  I am number 5.  I had always loved math even though there were many times where it did not come easy.  I enjoyed any opportunity to help someone else understand it even as a kid.  I went to two universities and a junior college before completing my bachelors degree in Mathematics at San Diego State University.  I met my future wife the following year working on my teaching credential.  I then followed her to the Antelope Valley in 1995 where I helped open Lancaster High School as a math teacher.  I had no plans to leave Lnhs, but in 2005, my wife and I helped open Eastside High School.  It was my desire to help more students who needed the support and genuine concern.  My goal as I taught was not to inspire students to love math, but to build confidence in their ability to try the next level.  I regularly emphasized that failure was a process for learning and building success and that it was okay to put yourself in an uncomfortable or challenging position if it helped you to grow.  My wife and I earned our master's degrees at University of La Verne in Educational Leadership in 2013.  I then spent the next 7 years in administration, 5 years at SOAR Prep and Virtual Academy and 2 years at AVHS.  I have always made effort to lead by example and to use life's challenges as learning opportunities for all.  Some of my happiest moments are seeing former students return as educators sharing their passion for learning as I have done.