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Michelle Guajardo
Michelle Guajardo
Principal​
​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​

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
Vanessa Ramirez
Vanessa Ramirez
Math/Science Interventionist

 
Mrs. Vanessa Ramirez has been a part of the Ruben Hinojosa Elementary family for sixteen years. For seven years, she served as a classroom teacher, and for the past nine years, she has worked as the campus Math and Science Coordinator. She attended UT-Pan American where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She went on to pursue her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Arkansas State University. Mrs. Ramirez's role at Hinojosa entails working closely with all math and science teachers to provide quality instruction to all students. She believes that the top priority of educators should always be students first and that every adult involved in the process is called to provide quality education to all students who enter our classrooms. Each teacher is gifted with a fresh opportunity every day to influence and impact students in a positive way, and to do it in a manner that will help them grow into good citizens in our school, in our community, and in our world.
 
Guadalupe Gutierrez
Mr. G. Gutierrez
School Counselor