Mrs. Guajardo
Michelle Guajardo
​Phone # (956)825-5135

Michelle M. Guajardo has the great honor of serving her students and community as the Principal of Ruben Hinojosa Elementary. She has worked as an educator for 28 years in numerous positions for Mercedes ISD, with 20 years in administrative roles. Her background includes elementary, secondary, bilingual and special education. Mrs. Guajardo holds a B.S. in Education and a Masters of Education Degree from UT-Pan American. Believing that all students can learn and be productive members of society begins with us. Being visible, conversing with students, knowing the students and being a positive role model is important to her. Children and their needs come first at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary. Parents are always welcomed at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary and parental involvement is the key to the success of our students. The administration, teachers and staff at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary are here to educate, nurture and serve the students of Mercedes I.S.D. Go Tigers!
Rosie Bustamante
Rosie Garza Bustamente
Assistant Principal / Campus Behavior Coordinator
Yvette Banda
Yvette Banda
Academic Coach

Mrs. Yvette Banda joined the Mercedes ISD family in 2013 which granted her the privilege of serving the students and teachers at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary. With twenty years of experience in the field of education both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator, she has grown a deep passion for curriculum and instruction. She feels a strong conviction to equip and empower teachers in their content areas in order to ensure that students are given every opportunity to be successful. Ms. Banda believes that if she can contribute to instilling a sense of urgency in identifying and meeting the academic needs of students, and if the entire village works together, everyone will succeed. Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. - Rita Pierson
Erika Cazares
Math/Science Interventionist

Guadalupe Gutierrez
Mr. G. Gutierrez
School Counselor