Meet our Team

Karen Baker-Jepsen

Has worked in the public school system for over 17 years. As a middle school teacher, HR Unit Supervisor, State Reporting Manager, and as the current founder and CEO of ACR, public education has been at the forefront of her career. She is an adamant supporter of parental choice and believes that public education, whether in the charter school setting or in the traditional public school classroom should be of the highest caliber and teachers and students held to very high standards.

She loves to run, read, bike, and sail when she is not working. She has been married for almost 30 years and has four children and five grandchildren.

Shari Herrington​

Has been with ACR for 4 years. She has held a variety of different jobs in the charter schools, giving her excellent experience in diverse areas. She believes that education can take place in a setting that allows students to choose a path that captivates their interest, all while preparing them for graduation and beyond.

She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix. Between work and school, she likes to spend time with her husband and three children, and travel around the country to watch sports.

Carolyn Rideout

Has worked with ACR for five years as Business Manager. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Accounting, an AS in Business Administration, a BS in Emergency Services Administration and currently is pursuing her MAIS with concentrations which include Business and Psychology.

She loves to run, bike and spend time with her husband of 25 years and two children.

Essence Johnson

Essence is an avid supporter of Public Education and access to the Arts. She has worked professionally in Education for the last 4 years but has volunteered time to better our schools for much of her life. Before specializing in PK-12 PowerSchool Management she worked in Election Data Management with Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties while she attended the University of New Mexico Anderson School. She cultivated a love for Business Ethics and Operational Change while completing her BBA in Organizational Leadership and Entrepreneurship in 2018.

In her free time she enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities including white water rafting, snowboarding, and hiking with her blue heeler, Brighid. She also loves to travel with her husband, play her instruments, read, and quilt.

Shanley Guerrero

She has worked in NM public education since 2011, starting in Human Resources at Alamogordo Public Schools and has been working with NM State Reporting since 2016 as the STARS Coordinator for the district, using Synergy SIS. In 2019 she moved to Mesa, AZ to work at Edupoint Education Systems (Synergy) as the Business Analyst for NM and MN State Reporting. 

Starting summer of 2022, she chose to pursue her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. New Mexico will always be home, so between work and school she will make regular trips home to visit family and friends.

Erika Rideout