Timy Baranoff Elementary

Administration

 

Beth Cantu, Interim Principal  

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My name is Beth Cantu, and I am very honored and excited to serve as the Interim Principal of Baranoff Elementary School for the 2019-2020 school year.  For the past three years, I served as the Assistant Principal at Baranoff Elementary School.

 

 

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.

 

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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. 

Contact Information:

Email: christine.ruiz@austinisd.org

Phone: 512-841-7100

Fax: 512-841-7104