Beth Cantu, Interim Principal
I am a proud native of Austin, Texas, having attended grades K-12 in the Austin Public Schools. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a minor in English as a Second Language. I also earned a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification Early Childhood to Twelfth Grade from Texas State University in 2014.
In high school, after completing a teaching internship under the teacher who was my kindergarten teacher, I knew I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I have experience teaching in both primary and intermediate grades in Govalle Elementary School and Baranoff Elementary School. I am committed to always putting children first, and I enjoy fostering creativity, developing character, and providing students with the skills they need to reach their potential and lead productive lives. I look forward to working collaboratively with parents, students, and staff for the continued success of Baranoff Elementary School.
My husband and I enjoy fitness activities, sports, traveling, and trying new foods. Together we enjoy the company of our faithful boxers, Roxie and Guacamole, and our kitty, Chiquita.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 512-841-7100
- Fax: 512-841-7104
Christine Ruiz, Assistant Principal
My name is Christine Ruiz. I am the Assistant Principal of Baranoff Elementary. I was born in Manhattan, NY but moved to Texas when I was just over a year old and I’ve been in Texas ever since.
I have lived in the Austin area (grew up in Bastrop, Tx) for about 24 years. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development. I also earned a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification Early Childhood to Twelfth Grade from Texas State University in 2014.
Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught 2nd for two years and 3rd grade for five years. The last three years of teaching 3rd grade was right here at Baranoff. For the 2018-2019 school year I served as an assistant principal at Nan Clayton Elementary here in Austin ISD. I am thrilled to be back to continue my leadership journey with the wonderful students and community of Baranoff.
I live by the words: All kids. All day. Everyday. I became an educator because I believe in empowering others, nurturing the love of learning, fostering creativity, and developing the whole child. Students are the most important members of a school community and under the appropriate conditions and with the appropriate strategies, all students can be successful!
My husband and I spend the majority of our time playing/laughing with (but mostly, chasing) our 14 month old daughter everywhere. We also enjoy traveling, sports, watching movies, reading, and trying new foods/restaurants. Our family is made complete with the company of our chocolate lab, Bailey.