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.
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!
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.