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.

Academic Dean: Anah Sikorsky-Wiersema

Anah Wiersema began her career over 15 years ago as an art teacher at a K – 8 school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following her time in Milwaukee, she taught bilingual 1st grade at an International School in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. After teaching in Honduras, Anah was an art teacher in Round Rock, Texas, and eventually the curriculum coordinator of the International Baccalaureate program at the school. While teaching in Round Rock, Anah pursued her Masters degree at the University of Texas at Austin in Educational Administration. Her background in Art and curriculum design have made her passionate about the innovative curriculum at the Ann Richards School, especially as we continue to integrate the arts into our STEM work. Anah has presented multiple times at SXSWedu as well as at NCGS (National Coalition for Girls Schools) and the National Project Lead the Way conference. This is her sixth year at Ann Richards and is thrilled to see the students she started with now as Juniors and Seniors that are ready to change the world! Anah is married and is the mom to the cutest, most serious little boy on the planet.

Assistant Principal for High School: 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.

Assistant Principal for Middle School: 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.

2020-2021 Faculty & Staff Contacts

Aguilar Linda Middle School Band Director (512) 414-3366
Almaraz Ortiz Christina 9th & 10th grade Assistant Principal (512) 414-3236
Anderson Mara Parent Support Specialist (512) 414-3236
Bingham Emily Delta/Percussion/PALS (512) 414-3366
Blackburn Donna STEM (512) 414-3368
Brewer Jennifer English (512) 841-4064
Brown Meg Physical Education, Chair (512) 414-3364
Bryant Amy 11th-12th Counselor (512) 841-4097
Castañon-Hernandez Marissa Theatre Arts, Fine Arts Chair (512) 841-4044
Coghill Shelby Yearbook, Physics, Delta (512) 841-4044
Collins Kimberly Math/Engineer (512) 841-4037
Connell Oren Maker Technology Coach (512) 414-3367
Cyr Jackie Physical Education (512) 414-3353
Dadmehr Shireen Math/Computer Science/Engineer (512) 841-4092
Day Isadora 6th & 7th grade Assistant Principal & Behavior Coordinator (512) 414-3344
Dean Margaret English (512) 841-4065
DiCuffa Jill Director of Programs (512) 414-3340
Eakin Abby French, LOTE Chair (512) 841-4073
Fitzgerald Amanda Science (512) 414-3236
Garcia Lisa Secretary (512) 414-0422
Guzman Agustin Head Custodian (512) 414-3236
Hadzovic Elvir Cafeteria Manager (512) 841-4099
Hatch Michael HS Social Studies (512) 841-4036
Heineman Eric College Advisor (512) 841-7461
Hernandez Valorie MS Math (512) 414-3236
House Jacob Social Studies (512) 841-4067
Howard Stephen Band Director (512) 841-4045
Howk Jane 9th-10th Counselor (512) 841-7464
Ingham Debika Math/STEM (512) 841-4072
Jenkins Sierra Physical Education (512) 414-3353
Josephson Ana STEM (512) 841-4093
Kizer Adrienne Science, Chair (512) 841-4055
Kuriakose Elaine Science (512) 414-3236
Lakshmanan Shamaa Math/Engineer, Math Chair (512) 841-4043
Langford Andrew Biomedical/Chemistry/Biology, Science Chair (512) 414-4046
Langley Jamie English, ELAR Chair (512) 841-4068
Limón Barbara Attendance/Subs/PEIMS (512) 414-3347
Loera Julie Bookkeeper (512) 414-3389
Lucero Joanna Science (512) 414-3846
Mackoff Caryn Social Studies (512) 841-4069
Marino Albert Math (512) 841-4077
Martínez Diana Art/7th Grade STARS (512) 841-4031
Martínez Rivera Maria Registrar (512) 414-3358
Mauser Shawn Librarian (512) 414-3362
Mayo Carey Librarian Assistant (512) 414-3360
McLaurin Cierra MS Math (512) 414-3236
Miesner Ella MS Science (512) 414-3236
Molina Virginia Custodial Crew Leader (512) 414-3236
Neal Kelly English (512) 841-4070
Palmer Caitlin MS English (512) 841-1981
Ramírez Juan Social Studies (512) 841-4066
Ramsey Carol Computer Information Systems (512) 841-4036
Rice Laura MS Science (512) 841-4053
Roberts Doy STARS/Dance (512) 841-4079
Roy Sharon STARS Chair (512) 841-4060
Ruíz Juan Spanish (512) 841-4059
Rutz Christena Lead Counselor – 6th-8th (512) 414-3357
Salem-Zafiro Regina Spanish (512) 414-3236
Sandberg-Thakrar Tami Social Studies (512) 414-3236
Sanders Denise Chemistry/Biomedical (512) 841-4049
Schnautz Liz Spanish (512) 414-3236
Sikorsky-Wiersma Anah Academic Dean & 11th & 12th Grade Academic & Behavior Coordinator (512) 414-3236
Smith Jazmine Security Guard (512) 414-3236
Smith Matt Art/Engineer (512) 841-4032
Soden Roger Media, CTE Chair (512) 414-3849
Tijerina Alejandro Orchestra Director (512) 414-6670
Vargas Alejandra STEM (512) 414-4034
Vásquez Yvette Choir/Piano (512) 841-4051
Verret Kelly Nurse (512) 414-3369
Walker Sarah English/Journalism (512) 414-3342
Ward Travis Special Education/Inclusion (512) 414-3236
Warner Carey STARS (512) 841-4054
Waugh Kristina Principal (512) 414-3236
Welser Brianne Social Studies, Chair (512) 414-6679
White Kris Athletic Trainer (512) 414-3365
Williams Kat Band/Color Guard (512) 414-3366
Willie Danielle English (512) 841-4071

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