School Leadership & Staff

Our Leadership

Principal: Kristina Waugh

Kristina Waugh served as the Ann Richards School’s Academic Dean for 10 years before being named Principal in the Spring of 2018. Kristina has been instrumental in developing the school’s innovative curriculum and practices, including the three high school STEM pathways and our MakerSpace. With a 30-year career in education, Kristina demonstrates a passion for designing and implementing creative programming, pushing the Ann Richards School to the forefront of STEM education, leadership development and college readiness. Kristina is a repeat presenter at SXSWedu, National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the National Project Lead the Way conferences. Kristina is married to an educator, has raised an educator and currently teaching her teenage son how to make his bed.

Assistant Principal, 11th & 12th: Luzvic Backstrom

Luzvic Backstrom is beyond thrilled to be a part of the Stars family. She is from Valencia, Venezuela and came to the United States in 2007 to learn English and go to school. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She comes from a rich background in music, management, and community building. She began her career in Hattiesburg, Mississippi before moving to Texas. Luzvic was an orchestra director at LBJ Early College and LASA High schools and has over 9 years of classroom experience. Luzvic pursued a Master’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in School Administration and became a National Board Certified teacher while teaching at LBJ ECHS and LASA HS. Luzvic served many leadership roles and considers herself a life-long learner. She is passionate about community building and making strong connections between the families and the school. She has been a TMEA region chair for orchestras, mentor for National Board teachers and new teachers to the district, and a curriculum writer among other roles. Her favorite hobbies are watching Netflix with her husband, and playing games with her baby Melinda and her 19-pound calico cat named “Kitty”.

Assistant Principal, 8th, 9th & 10th: Christina Almaraz Ortiz

Christina Almaraz Ortiz has spent the last 24 years serving school communities. Born and raised in San Antonio, her educational pathway began with San Antonio ISD, where she served as a math and Spanish teacher. She earned her master’s degree and began her administrative career with Austin ISD. After serving the International High School, the Early College program, and a single-gender environment, she brings in a sense of community, service, and progress. She values education and the many opportunities it provides individuals, families, and communities. Therefore, her values align with the mission of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. She is ready to support our STARS and families through their educational journey. Christina is married to her fun-loving husband and they have one daughter, who currently is working and attending college. They spend quality time with family, friends, and their fur baby, Ripley.

Middle School Director: Isadora Day

Isadora Day may not have started her career as a teacher, but she got to the Ann Richards School as fast as she could. Before she chose to become an educator, she was a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News. While at the Express-News, she met Ann Richards and discovered the mission of the Ann Richards School. She was undeniably drawn to Ann, always wanting to keep up with the vision of young women leaders graduating from college. For five years, she was a 4th grade ESL and bilingual teacher and campus leader at Hart Elementary. While teaching, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education Administration and attended the Austin ISD Assistant Principal Pathways Academy. Isadora is thrilled to begin her administration career at one of the best schools in the nation. She has a pug, a dachshund, and a wonderful husband. When she isn’t at school, she is probably kickboxing, camping, cooking, or reading.

2021-2022 Faculty & Staff Contacts

Aguilar Linda Middle School Band Director (512) 414-3236
Anderson Mara Parent Support Specialist (512) 414-3236 ext. 53001
Backstrom Luzvic Assistant Principal: 11th & 12th (512) 414-3236
Bingham Emily Band/Percussion (512) 414-3236
Blackburn Donna STEM (512) 414-3236
Blanchard Cristen School Resource Officer (512) 414-3236
Brown Meg Physical Education, Chair (512) 414-3236
Castañon-Hernandez Marissa Theatre Arts, Fine Arts Chair (512) 414-3236
Cervantes Kassandra Physical Education (512) 414-3236
Coghill Shelby Delta/Yearbook (512) 414-3236
Connell Oren Maker Technology Coach/Engineering (512) 414-3236
Day Isadora Middle School Director (512) 414-3236
Dean Margaret English (512) 414-3236
DiCuffa Jill Director of Programs (512) 414-3236 ext. 53013
Eakin Abby French, LOTE Chair (512) 414-3236
Fitzgerald Amanda Science (512) 414-3236
Garcia Lisa Secretary (512) 414-3236 ext. 53015
Hadzovic Elvir Cafeteria Manager (512) 414-3236
Hatch Michael Social Studies/STARS (512) 414-3236
Heineman Eric College Advisor (512) 414-3236 ext.53017
Hernandez Valorie Math (512) 414-3236
House Jacob Social Studies (512) 414-3236
Howard Stephen Band Director (512) 414-3236
Howk Jane 9th-10th Counselor (512) 414-3236 ext. 53020
Ingham Debika Math/Engineering (512) 414-3236
Jackson Jennifer Math (512) 414-3236
Jenkins Sierra Physical Education (512) 414-3236
Josephson Ana STEM (512) 414-3236
Kizer Adrienne Science, Chair (512) 414-3236
Kuriakose Elaine Science (512) 414-3236
Langford Andrew Biomedical/Chemistry/Biology, Science Chair (512) 414-3236
Langley Jamie English, ELAR Chair (512) 414-3236
Limón Barbara Attendance/Subs/PEIMS (512) 414-3236 ext. 53027
Lucero Joanna Science (512) 414-3236
Mackoff Caryn Social Studies (512) 414-3236
Marino Albert Math (512) 414-3236
Martínez Rivera Maria Registrar/College Center (512) 414-3236 ext. 53033
Mauser Shawn Librarian (512) 414-3236 ext. 53034
Mayo Carey Librarian Assistant (512) 414-3236 ext. 53035
McLaurin Cierra Math (512) 414-3236
Molina Virginia Head Custodian (512) 414-3236
Mugica Yanet Security Guard (512) 414-3236
Neal Kelly English (512) 414-3236
Ortiz Christina Assistant Principal: 8th – 10th (512) 414-3236
Palmer Caitlin English (512) 414-3236
Peralta Beatrice Bookkeeper (512) 414-3236
Ramírez Jennifer Special Education/Teacher Assistant (512) 414-3236
Ramírez Juan Social Studies (512) 414-3236
Rice Laura Science (512) 414-3236
Roberts Doy Dance (512) 414-3236
Roy Sharon STARS Chair (512) 414-3236
Rutz Christena Lead Counselor – 6th-8th (512) 414-3236 ext. 53043
Salem-Zafiro Regina Spanish (512) 414-3236
Sandberg-Thakrar Tami Social Studies (512) 414-3236
Sanders Denise Chemistry/Biomedical (512) 414-3236
Schnautz Liz Spanish (512) 414-3236
Smith Matt Art/Engineering (512) 414-3236
Soden Roger Media, CTE Chair (512) 414-3236
Tijerina Alejandro Orchestra Director (512) 414-3236
Udy Gwyneth Math (512) 414-3236
Vargas Alejandra STEM (512) 414-3236
Vásquez Yvette Choir/Piano (512) 414-3236
Walker Sarah English/Journalism (512) 414-3236
Ward Travis Special Education Coordinator (512) 414-3236
Warner Carey STARS (512) 414-3236
Waugh Kristina Principal (512) 414-3236
Welser Brianne Social Studies, Chair (512) 414-3236
White Kris Athletic Trainer (512) 414-3236
Wien Nancy Math (512) 414-3236
Willie Danielle English (512) 414-3236

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