Christine Ruiz, Principal
A familiar face. Christine Ruiz, previously an assistant principal at the school, is the school’s new principal.
Prior to her time at Barton, Ruiz worked as a Title I academic specialist at Townsell Elementary School and spent 12 years at Brown Elementary School as a bilingual teacher and K-2 literacy specialist.
In addition to her 16 years of service as an educator and administrator, she is also a proud product of the district attending Schulze Elementary, Bowie Middle and Nimitz High schools.
Jessica Jager- Assistant Principal
Mrs. Jager is excited to begin her sixth year at Barton Elementary by moving into the Assistant Principal role. Prior to her current role, Mrs. Jager served Barton as the Academic Specialist, Reading Interventionist, and Dyslexia Interventionist.
Mrs. Jager believes in building strong and meaningful relationships among students, parents, the community, and school staff and creating a positive learning environment where students feel safe, loved, valued, and respected. She believes that, as educators, it is our responsibility to design engaging and rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of all students.
Mrs. Jager earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a lifelong learner who loves reading current research about how students learn and effective teaching practices. Her life motto is “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Mrs. Jager and her husband have three kids and live in Arlington, Texas.
Jesus Rayas- Assistant Principal
Mr. Rayas is very excited to join the Barton Elementary community as an Assistant Principal. Mr. Rayas was born in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. He relocated to Texas to pursue his studies in education and leadership in 2001.
Mr. Rayas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Women’s University and his Master’s in School Administration from Lamar University. Mr. Rayas began his career as a teacher assistant in Dallas ISD but considers Irving ISD his home. He taught various grade levels at Farine Elementary for 6 years, before becoming the Academic Specialist at Brandenburg Elementary. Mr. Rayas has also taught several grade levels in Taiwan.
When Mr. Rayas is not on campus, he enjoys building things and tinkering with everything that has to do with technology.