The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees didn’t have to look far to fill the open principal position at Ruth Barron Elementary School.
Trustees on Thursday tabbed Gerardo “Jerry” Ortiz as Barron Elementary principal during a special board meeting that evening. Ortiz currently serves as assistant principal at Pflugerville Elementary, less than three miles away.
“Jerry has been a key member of Pflugerville Elementary for five years now, key on building good working relationships,” said Pflugerville ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Killian. “I look forward to seeing his professional growth and contribution to the education of our students at Ruth Barron.”
Ortiz has served as assistant principal under Pflugerville Elementary Principal Genia Antoine since 2016. He previously worked as a teacher at Spicewood Elementary and at Forest Creek Elementary, both in Round Rock ISD. He began his teaching career in 1989 at Texas School for the Deaf.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master of educational administration from the University of Texas.