About Mrs. Ruiz

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” 
~ John Dewey ~


As an educational leader, students’ academic success and overall well-being is at the center of everything I do and relationship building with all stakeholders is vitally important. As an administrator, I work with all stakeholders to develop, advocate and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of a high-quality education. I conduct myself ethically and according to professional norms. I strive for equity of educational opportunities and culturally responsive practices to support and enrich all students. I develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction and assessment. I cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school climate that contributes to the overall well-being of all students. I strive to develop the professional capacity and practice of school staff and foster a professional community. I engage families and all community stakeholders in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways. I efficiently manage school operations and resources. I am an agent of continuous improvement.


Grand Canyon University | Phoenix, AZ (2015 – present)
EdD, Organizational Leadership: K-12

Grand Canyon University | Phoenix, AZ (2014 – 2015)
MA, Curriculim & Instruction: Educational Technology

California Baptist University | Riverside, CA (2000 – 2002)
MA, Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development

University of Puget Sound | Tacoma, WA (1992 -1996)
BA, International Business


Assistant Principal, Chapman Heights and Valley Elementary Schools
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (July 2018 to present)

Under the direction of the principal, assists in organizing and administering a school-wide program conducive to the total development of elementary students; oversees student activities; supervises and evaluates staff; assists in creating an overall positive image for the school; and other duties as assigned.

Teacher on Assignment/Instructional Coach,
Fontana Unified School District (January 2015 to June 2018)

Career Technical Education (CTE): Linked Learning

Duties included:

  • Lesson Design that addresses Career Technical Education (CTE), STEM & Robotics
  • STEM workshops delivered to students K-8
  • STEM professional development delivered to K-12 teachers
  • CTE Pathway Support

Elementary Educator, Fontana Unified School District (2000 to 2015)

Dorothy Grant Elementary (2005 to 2015)
4/5 Combination, 4th, 5th, 3rd

Cypress Elementary (2002-2005)
5th Grade

Maple Elementary (2000 – 2002)
2nd & 4/5 Combination


  • California Clear Credential (Multiple Subjects)
  • Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD)
  • Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
  • National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist)
  • Administrative Services Certificate of Eligibility


  • English Language Learner Site Monitor
  • Site Technology Coach
  • Grade Level Leader
  • National Education Association (NEA) Online Facilitator


  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Computer Using Educators (CUE)
  • California Teachers Association (CTA)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Discovery Education STAR Educator


  • experienced with Apple, Windows, and Android operating systems
  • experienced with office productivity software (Microsoft Office)
  • bilingual (Spanish)
  • creative thinker
  • self-starter
  • passionate about educational technology and rethinking education
  • lifelong learner
  • experience with presenting to groups of varying size (youth & adults)


  • experience with:
    • educational sites (including but not limited to):
      • Discovery Education
      • BrainPOP
      • Edmodo
      • Lexia
      • Accelerated Reader
      • SpellingVocabulary City
      • Planet Turtle
      • Scholastic (Reading Club, News, StoryWorks)
      • Time for Kids
    • online learning (learning management systems)
    • productivity software and sites (Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers, etc.)
    • presentation software and sites (Power Point, Keynote, Prezi, etc)
    • communication software and sites (Skype, WebEx, etc.)
    • creativity software and sites (Photoshop, Gimp, PicMonkey, etc.)
    • video production software (Camtasia, Movie Maker, iMovie, etc.)
    • podcasting technology (SoundCloud, etc.)
    • mobile technology (Apple and Android tablets and related applications)
    • collaboration tools (Google Docs, Wikispaces, etc.)
    • classroom management sites (ClassDojo)
    • social media (Facebook, Google +, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc))
    • blogging (WordPress)
    • virtual environments (Second Life, Minecraft)


  • Member & Treasurer | Kappa Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Iota Chapter, Tacoma, WA
  • Puppy Raiser | Guide Dogs of America, Sylmar, CA
  • Co-Founder | Paws to Heal Therapy Animals, Inland Empire, CA

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