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School Mascot: Rangers

School Colors: Red, Blue

Mission Statement:
We envision Rudder students to drive their own learning so they can be innovators, change makers and positive future global leaders to impact change in the world.

Paul Ramirez Principal
Paul Ramirez - Principal
Mr. Ramirez was born and raised in San Antonio and is the youngest of six children. He was the only one of his siblings to attend public schools. “My experience with public schools was transformational because the teachers and coaches took me under their wing, invested in me, and created a passion for education guiding me to the career that he has loved for the last 29 years." He is a proud father of four children who are all products of Northside schools.

After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High school he continued his education at Southwest Texas State University where he received his BA in History/Education. He began his teaching career at the middle school level but then had the opportunity to teach and coach back at his alma mater. After teaching in the classroom at Jefferson H.S for nineteen years, he received his Masters degree in Educational Administration.

He moved to NISD and opened Brennan High School in 2010 to start the AVID program. In 2013, he started his administration career as the Assistant Principal at Sul Ross Middle School. "My passion is in helping kids be successful, and I believe very strongly in the value of vertical alignment in education.” Having worked in both high school and middle school with students, he realized that middle school is a critical time for a student's future. It is the time when they must get on a trajectory to discover their path for high school and what comes next.

Mr. Ramirez comes to us from Anson Jones Middle School where he has served as Vice Principal since 2016. "As the new principal at Rudder, I'm incredibly excited to partner with the Rudder faculty and staff, the Rudder families, and the Rudder Community to ensure the achievement and the successful launch of our students into high school and beyond"
Kevin Vanlanham, M.Ed. Associate Principal
Kevin Vanlanham - Associate Principal

The Associate Principal also serves as the Campus Behavior Coordinator. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 210-397-5015.

Kevin Vanlanham was born in Pirmasens, Germany. He moved to Texas with his family in middle school, and upon graduating High School, attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX where he received a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2017, he received a Master's in Educational Administration from Texas A&M San Antonio. In his free time, Mr. Vanlanham enjoys watching movies, exercising, and spending quality time with his wife, Vanessa, and their daughter, Mila.

Mr. Vanlanham, commonly referred to as "Mr. V," began his career as an educator in 2013, at Jones Middle School. It was there that he developed a deep appreciation for serving his students, their families, and the community surrounding the campus. After five years of teaching Social Studies, he left the classroom to pursue a role as an administrator intern at Neff Middle School. After a year of serving that community, he joined Jordan Middle School in the fall of 2019 as an Assistant Principal. In the Summer of 2021, Mr. V became a Ranger as he was promoted to the role of Associate Principal at Rudder Middle School.

Mr. V's decision to become an educator was heavily influenced by the support and encouragement of his High School AVID teacher, Mrs. Crouch Lippe. He wanted to be able to give back to the next generation the way that she did, and he knew that becoming an educator was what he was meant to do.

Mr. V believes that all students deserve to feel respected, accepted, and loved when they are at school. He is dedicated to ensuring that everyone at Rudder is proud to be a Ranger.

 Jeanette Navarro
Jeanette Navarro
Academic Dean



Catelyn Vasquez Assistant Principal
Catelyn Vasquez
Assistant Principal

Catelyn Vasquez was born in Upstate New York, but spent most of her early years in San Antonio, graduating from the International School of the Americas and going on to receive her Bachelor’s in English from the University of the Incarnate Word where she also played volleyball. Later, she pursued her Master’s in Literature from Oklahoma State University, her Master’s in Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio and, most recently, her principal certification from Lamar University. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, including her new son, Alessio.

Ms. Vasquez began her career in education at O’Connor and then Science and Engineering Academy at John Jay as an English teacher and volleyball coach. After seven years in the classroom she left education to pursue a career in grocery retail at H-E-B assisting a buyer in the International and Kosher category, but her love for education and working with students called her back. In 2020, she assisted in opening CAST Lead High School in East Central ISD at the heart of the COVID pandemic and most recently moved back to Northside to become Assistant Principal at Rudder.

Ms. Vasquez has a passion for getting to know her students and their passions to hopefully assist them in reaching their goals within the school and beyond. 

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