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EPISD names new principals at Burges, Richardson & Guillen

Jason Yturralde Christine Miles Maribel Ruiz

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Oct. 1, 2021) — EPISD this week announced the appointment of new principals to take the helm at Burges High School and Nolan Richardson and Guillen middle schools.

Interim Superintendent Vince Sheffield said the appointment of Jason Yturralde at Burges, Christine Miles at Richardson and Maribel Ruiz at Guillen will help students and teachers in those communities continue to thrive. The appointments are effective Oct. 18.

“Mr. Yturralde, Ms. Miles and Ms. Ruiz are outstanding educators who have served the children of EPISD for many years. I am confident they will continue to prioritize the success of their schools in their new roles,” he said. “All three of them have history in the schools they will now lead, which should help ease the transition into their new roles much easier.”

Yturralde comes to Burges after serving as principal at Ross Middle School since 2012 and principal at both Ross and Henderson Middle since 2018. He also has served as principal at Coldwell Elementary and assistant principal at the former Alta Vista Elementary. A former elementary-school teacher with 23 years of educational experience, Yturralde has a bachelor’s degree in education from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Sul Ross State University.

Miles has served as principal at Dr. Nixon Elementary School since 2016 and now returns to Richardson, where she previously served as assistant principal for four years. She also has served as assistant principal, at-risk coordinator and classroom teacher at Morehead Middle and taught English as a second language at Irvin High School. She has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in agriculture and applied economics from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in educational administration from New Mexico State University.

Ruiz returns to EPISD after a short departure to work at the Region 19 Education Service Center. She last served the District as assistant principal at Andress High School. She also has served as assistant principal at Bowie High School and Magoffin Middle School, and was a classroom teacher at Wiggs Middle and Guillen, the school she will now lead. She has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas El Paso.

Story by Gustavo Reveles