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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.

Principal Paul Ramirez
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"
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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