Santa Gertrudis School-King Ranch
Thelma Ruiz is a pre-kindergarten-3 aide with the King Ranch campus of Santa Gertrudis School. She is married to Manuel Ruiz and has one son, Aaron.
Ruiz has served as an educator for 33 years, with 25 years at Lamar Elementary and Memorial Intermediate Schools at Kingsville Independent School District and seven years with the Santa Gertrudis ISD.
Her teaching philosophy is that all children can learn.
“Mrs. Ruiz always knows exactly what needs to be done before ever having to ask her,” Pre-k 3 teacher Anniece Shultz said. “She is a very hard worker and truly loves helping our students. My classroom could not run smoothly without her.”
Santa Gertrudis School-Santa Rosa
Elisabeth Brown is a counselor with Santa Gertrudis School. She is married to David Brown and has three children: David, Isaac and Joshua.
Brown graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a master’s in Education. She has been an educator for 11 years, and is currently in her fourth year with Santa Gertrudis ISD.
Prior to working with SGISD, Brown was an educator with various elementary schools in California, Ohio and Missouri.
Brown sponsors the SGS student council and serves as the school’s Destination Imagination coach. Her teaching philosophy is that all students should feel safe, accepted and challenged in their learning environment.
“Mrs. Brown is a loving and caring counselor and co-worker,” art/AG teacher Vanessa Chase said. “She genuinely loves SGS and is dedicated to making it the best.”
Academy High School
Amy Perez is a 10-12 grade social studies teacher at Academy High School.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in History with a social studies composite from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and is currently in her ninth year teaching and second year with Santa Gertrudis Independent School District.
Perez has also been an educator with Kingsway Leadership Academy and the Agua Dulce and Mathis ISDs. With AHS, she sponsors athletics, the high school’s sophomore class and UIL Current Events and Social Studies.
Perez described her teaching philosophy as “creating an environment where the teacher is a facilitator and the students are engaged in learning.”
“I want my students to draw conclusions and make inferences,” she said. “To be self-learners and problem solvers.”