Administrator Bios

  • Manuel Espino- Principal 

    Mr. Espino is truly honored and excited to be serving the students, staff, parents, and community as Principal at Barton Elementary School. He began his career in Irving ISD in 2014 at MacArthur High School where he served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for three years. In 2017 he had the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Principal at Austin Middle School. Before joining Team Irving, Mr. Espino worked in Garland ISD as a fourth- and fifth-grade self-contained bilingual teacher and fourth-grade ELAR/Social Studies GT teacher. Mr. Espino is passionate about interacting with and establishing relationships with students and teachers to ensure that students and teachers reach their maximum potential.

    Mr. Espino earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University- Commerce. He is currently working on his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Southwestern College. When he’s not at school, Mr. Espino loves to spend time with his family. His wife Michelle works in Irving ISD as a Counselor at Austin Middle School. They have a gorgeous daughter named Makenna and are expecting a baby boy named Manuel this December.  They also have an energetic 6-year-old Morkie puppy named Brody.


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  • Carla Carattini- Assistant Principal

    Carla Carattini is honored to serve the HERD as an Assistant Principal alongside Mr. Espino and Mrs. Ruiz!

    Ms. Carattini moved to Texas in 2007 to pursue a career in education. She started her journey with Irving ISD back in 2008 as a teacher and has served different roles across the district that have prepared her and opened all the right doors that guided her here today. Ms. Carattini earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. She obtained her masters’ degree in Educational/Technology Leadership from Lamar University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Walden University.

    Ms. Carattini was born and raised in Cayey, Puerto Rico where all her family lives. She is a proud aunt of 5 amazing boys and a beautiful girl who is the princess of the family. She is also a dog lover and proud owner of the three cutest puppies, Bernie, Lola, and Phoebe. She enjoys cooking and reading a good book just for fun.

    Ms. Carattini strongly believes in the positive impact that building strong and meaningful relationships among students, parents, the community, and school staff can have in achieving success for all. Creating a positive learning environment where students feel safe, loved, valued, and respected is her priority. She believes that as educators, it’s our responsibility to design learning experiences that meet the needs of all students embracing their uniqueness, talents, and exceptionalities. Ms. Carattini is looking forward to a great school year at Barton where students will always come first!

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  • Christine Ruiz- Assistant Principal

    Mrs. Ruiz is excited to serve as an Assistant Principal at Barton Elementary School.  Mrs. Ruiz began her career in Irving ISD in 2004 at Brown Elementary.  She served the students and teachers of Brown Elementary for 12 years in different capacities.  She taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade self-contained bilingual classes.  She served as the K-2 Literacy Specialist for four years, providing intervention for K-5th grade students, coaching for teachers, and facilitated in both trainings and professional learning communities. In 2016, she joined Townsell Elementary where she served as the Title I Academic Specialist.  Mrs. Ruiz is a lifelong learner and her favorite quote is “Grow People and Surround Yourself with People that Grow You Too”.

    Mrs. Ruiz earned her Bachelors in EC- 4th grade Interdisciplinary Studies Bilingual Education from UTA at Arlington and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from UNT at Dallas.  Mrs. Ruiz is a product of Irving ISD as she attended Schultze Elementary, Bowie Jr. High, and Nimitz High School as a student.  Her father instilled in her to work hard and reach for her dreams. Mrs. Irene Hernandez, her third-grade teacher, was her inspiration to become and educational leader as Mrs. Ruiz always saw her as her role model.  

    Mrs. Ruiz is family oriented and loves to spend time with her husband and pre-teen twin girls.   Family is one of her core values and when she is not at school she makes every effort to enjoy every moment with her family.     

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