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Principal Dr. Mary Jewell
Mary Jewell - Principal
Dr. Jewell is the principal of Rudder Middle School. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, A Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in educational technology from the same institution. She completed a second masters degree in Integrated Sciences from Our Lady of the Lake University and a doctorate degree in Leadership Studies from the same institution. Dr. Jewell has 22 years of experience teaching and leading all at the Middle School level. Dr. Jewell is an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Lake University for the past 10 years.

Dr. Jewell holds a Principal Certification (EC-12), a Superintendent Certification (EC-12), a Secondary Science Composite Certification (6-12), and an Elementary Self Contained (1-8) Certification. Dr. Jewell spent 7 years teaching 8th grade Science while serving as the Science department coordinator (6 years) during that time. Dr. Jewell then served as an Academic Dean for the next five years and then became the principal of Earl Rudder Middle school in 2009.

Dr. Jewell has three adult children who are all graduates of O’Connor High School. She has four grandchildren and the oldest attends Raul Fernandez Elementary. Dr. Jewell is an avid traveler and holds an extensive sand collection from her travels. She is passionate about middle school education and loves to see our young 6th graders transform into productive young adults we launch into their chosen high schools.
Vice Principal Anna Kessler
Anna Kessler - Vice Principal

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

I am a graduate of Florida State University, earning a Masters and Bachelors in Special Education. I attended Schreiner University, University of Texas San Antonio for additional certifications. Currently, I attend Our Lady of the Lake University for a masters degree in curriculum and instruction.
I have the good fortune of beginning in my 9th year as the Vice Principal at Rudder. I look forward to getting to know new students and greeting returning students. My door is always open, please contact me if you have questions or concerns.
Academic Dean Adela Morado
Adela Morado - Academic Dean
My name is Adela Jean Morado and I am the Academic Dean at Rudder Middle School. This is my eleventh year at Rudder and I am a proud Ranger. I am a native of San Antonio and a graduate of the Edgewood Independent School District. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education with a specialization in History from Our Lady of the University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UTSA. I am married to my high school sweetheart and have one child who is a product of NISD.

I taught in the San Antonio Independent School District for over twelve years. I was also an assistant coach for girls’ soccer and basketball. My last two years were spent as a Curriculum Instructional Coordinator, CIC.

I believe in doing what is best for kids. I strive to provide an equitable education for all students. A child’s failure is our failure to reach that child and provide him/her with the tools to be successful. I guide and support our Rudder educators in planning and implementing campus and district curriculum goals based on raising student achievement. I guide collegial dialogue and collaboration of proven strategies that increase student achievement.

I am currently attending UTSA to earn a master's in school counseling. I am excited to be a part of the Rudder Ranger team. The faculty, staff, and community is one that strives for educational excellence for all students.
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