Administrator Bios

  • 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. 

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  • 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 restorative disciplinary practices that teach behavior rather than punish misbehavior. She believes that, as educators, it is our responsibility to design engaging and rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of all students.

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  • 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.


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