Debbie Ruel-Schaefer is the Career and Technical Education Director of Northside ISD, the 4th largest school district in Texas with a CTE enrollment of over 30,000 students where they offer over 150 different CTE courses. Debbie is a career educator in her 30th year of helping students to find what they are passionate about. Debbie started her life in CTE in middle school, and knew in high school she wanted to teach in CTE! Her career began as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher after earning her bachelor's degree at Southwest Texas State University, and later a masters in Educational Leadership at Lamar University. She is the mother of Hannah, a CTE student who is pursuing her degree in Speech Pathology from Baylor University.
Shirley Flores is a Career & Technical Education Specialist here in Northside ISD with over 30 years of experience, 25 years at Northside. Her interest in Career and Technical Education started in high school as a Marketing Education student. She went on to study Business and Marketing Education at the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Science. Shirley later earned a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. She received her Principal certification at the Region 20 Education Service Center. Shirley started her career at NISD at Taft High School. After five years, she transferred to O’Connor High School where she taught for another five years. From there, she moved to Central Office where she is now a CTE Specialist for the district. Shirley is married with two grown daughters who both graduated from O’Connor High School and earned their degrees at Texas A&M. Shirley has two grandsons with one more on the way. Shirley will be retiring from her work in education this summer and is looking forward to spending more time with family.
Joshua S. Roberts is a Career and Technical Education Specialist for Northside ISD. He has been in education for 12 years. Starting in English and transitioning into middle school Technical Education. He later was promoted to central office to help provide support for all CTE teachers. Joshua’s education began at UTSA with a bachelors in Education and later culminated in a masters in Educational Administration. He has a varied work background outside of Education including work in the Culinary and Food Service, Construction, Photography, and Water Treatment industries.
Ruth Perez is a Career and Technical Education Instructional Support Teacher for Northside ISD. Before pursuing a career in teaching she worked in industry for 7 years. She began teaching in CTE for SAISD at Jefferson HS then came to the “Promised Land” NISD at Marshall HS. She moved into NISD central office in 2010 to work with CTE Special Populations students. Today she supports all CTE educators in all aspects of teaching to help provide resources for student success. Ruth has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering - Industrial Technology from Texas A&M- Kingsville. Ruth is a proud mother of two NISD students, one future NISD student and a wife to an NISD - CTE teacher.
Barbara White is a Career and Technical Education Instructional Support Teacher and facilitates the clusters of Health Science, Law and Public Safety and CTE Science. She has 16 years of Health Science teaching experience and has spent the past three years in CTE administration. Before her teaching career, she was a certified Medical Technologist and Histocompatibility Specialist and worked 20 years in transplant immunology labs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Texas at Austin. During her teaching career, she earned a Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University and became a certified Pharmacy Technician and Emergency Medical Technician in order to keep well informed with what students need to learn to be successful. She is the mother of Elizabeth, who is a recent graduate of the University of the Incarnate Word.
Justin Gomez is an Instructional Support Teacher for the NISD CTE Department. He is a proud product of Northside, having attended kindergarten through high school in the district. Justin has been in education for 15 years, with the last 14 in Northside. After graduating from O’Connor High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A&M University and is currently working towards his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from UTSA. After years of teaching A/V Production and Animation, he taught Algebra for 7 years, before returning to the CTE Department to teach Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Digital Media. After 12 years of teaching high school CTE and Math courses, he joined the Central Office team where he helps provide resources and guidance for all CTE teachers in the department.