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Farewell from Mrs. Parker

May 23, 2019

Dear Parents,

This will be my last correspondence as your principal.  I have truly enjoyed my time at Ramirez and the nine year journey.  When Dr. Karen Garza appointed me as principal, she asked that I transition this campus into a high performing one.  Therefore, I made it my goal to look for the best programs to implement at Ramirez but I also wanted to create a campus where being “different” was celebrated.  Students and families from different backgrounds, socio economic status, ethnicity, and languages would be welcomed.  With my experience in bilingual education I knew that having a bilingual school would give students the language skills they would need for future jobs and therefore, implemented the Dual Language program, Spanish Immersion, and added the third language Mandarin Chinese two years ago.  Due to Ramirez’s academic achievements that lead to several state distinctions, I decided to apply to become a recognized national Professional Learning Communities school (1 of 200 in North America and 1 of 12 elementary in the state of Texas) a process that requires yearly re-authorization. 

In my journey of moving Ramirez Elementary to a higher performing school, we accepted the challenge of becoming an International Baccalaureate school. The process of becoming an authorized campus took several years to accomplish, we were authorized in 2015 with seventeen commendations, and this year completed our re-authorization IB visit with six commendations. 

While implementing these programs, I decided three years ago to begin the Administration Leadership doctoral program at Texas Tech, which helped me become a better leader/administrator.  It has truly been an honor and life changing experience to serve your children and I am extremely proud to leave Ramirez with such a legacy as one of the top performing schools in LISD.  Ramirez is one of a kind.  We very rarely succeed without the help of others and I am no exception.  I want to thank my Ramirez staff and especially Mrs. Brenda Jobes who over the past eight years has helped implement and build the programs at the campus and also played an intricate part of the academic success.  I also want to thank my husband, Gus for his support and my sons, Ryan and Zachary who had to endure an absent mother many times.  As of June 5th and as Dr. Nancy Ruiz-Parker, I will be embarking on a new chapter in my career. 

Please, take the time to welcome your new principal and continue your support for Ramirez!

Adios,

Nancy Ruiz-Parker