About Mrs. Ruiz

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


EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY


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.


EDUCATION & TRAINING


Association of California School Administrators | (February 2020 – present)
Clear Administrative Credential Program

National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) | (January 2019- March 2020)
Executive Development Program (EDP)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) | (March 2019)
The CERT program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Grand Canyon University | Phoenix, AZ (2015 – present)
EdD, Organizational Leadership: K-12
(Coursework complete and dissertation in progress – Topic: Learner Centered Teaching in the 6-12 Fully Online Classroom)

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


EXPERIENCE


Assistant Principal, Coyote Canyon Elementary School
Central School District, (July 2020 to present)

Under general direction and supervision of the school principal, to assist in the administration of an elementary school; to plan, develop, organize, coordinate, and supervise the student attendance, behavior management, and extra-curricular activity programs; to assist in the planning, development, and implementation of site, instructional, and operational goals and objectives, and in the evaluation of the
effectiveness of educational programs and personnel performance; and to do other related functions as directed.

Duties include:

  • Administrative support
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Staff training & development
  • Data analysis
  • Coordinating state testing
  • Facilitating parent meetings (IEPs, SST, SIT, conferences, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution (parents, students, staff)
  • Staff evaluations
  • School Safety Committee
  • Behavior Support
  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Assistant Principal, Chapman Heights and Valley Elementary Schools
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (July 2018 to June 2020)

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.

Duties included:

  • English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
  • Gifted and Talented Education testing
  • Facilitating parent meetings (IEPs, SST, SIT, conferences, etc.)
  • Conflict resolution (parents, students, staff)
  • Staff evaluations
  • Saturday School
  • School Climate and Safety Committee
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) team member

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


CERTIFICATIONS


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

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


  • 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

GENERAL SKILLS


  • 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)

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS


  • 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)

MISCELLANEOUS


  • 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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