Jorge Acosta. Principal
Jorge Acosta is ecstatic to serve his third year with the Gilbert community as a Principal this 2017-2018 school year!
Three years ago he served as assistant principal at J.O. Davis Elementary and prior to that he served the Paul Keyes Elementary School community from 2006 to 2014 in the same role. He started his work in the education field in 1998 as a bilingual teacher at John R. Good Elementary School before becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist at Lamar Middle School for 3 years.
Mr. Acosta strongly believes that the heart of education lies in capturing the students’ hearts and building a strong rapport with students, caring for the child as a whole. He leads a staff that focuses on building relational capacity and on continually growing as strong instructional leaders.
He's married to Eulalia and is the proud father of the two most amazing kids ever: Claudia and Jorge Jr. who proudly attend Irving IDS schools ; they are in the 11th and 8th grades respectively. Acosta enjoys learning about technology, listening to music, watching movies, and learning from people and books... and twitter and blogs... and TED Talks... and from anywhere and anyone he can!
Acosta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies both from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is TEPSA’s Region 10 treasurer and is also a certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John C. Maxwell Team. For Jorge, it is an honor and privilege to be the principal at Gilbert Elementary.
Claudia Ruiz, Assistant Principal
Claudia Ruiz is excited for the opportunity to serve the Gilbert students, parents and teachers as Assistant Principal this 2017-2018 academic school year. She is passionate about collaborating, communicating, building and nurturing relationships among students, parents and teachers in order to achieve student success. She believes we first must capture a student’s heart in order to be able to help the student grow academically, build their character and integrity. She strives to create a positive learning environment where students feel safe, comfortable, accepted, valued, and respected by their teachers and peers.
Claudia believes in maintaining rigor in instruction and setting high expectations for all students while also differentiating instruction in order to ensure we are meeting the needs of every student. The priority in every decision being made is to keep the best interests of students first. She believes every student has the capacity to learn; however, not all students learn in the same way. She believes it is our responsibility as educators to determine and implement the best methods and practices so that each child receives an appropriate and successful education experience.
Claudia has worked in Irving ISD for 13 years, this is her third year as Assistant Principal, previously serving as the Academic Specialist for two years, as Interventionist for two years, 6 years as 5th Grade Bilingual Teacher and one year as Second Grade Teacher all at Gilbert Elementary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from UT Arlington.
Claudia loves spending time with her two children, who are her pride and joy. Alfonso turns 11 in October and is in 5th grade. Bellaflor is 9 years old and is in 4th grade. For Claudia, it is an honor and privilege to continue to serve as Assistant Principal at Gilbert Elementary.
Kesha Valtierra, Assistant Principal