Beth Cantu, Principal
My name is Beth Cantu, and I am very honored and excited to serve as the Principal of Baranoff Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year. I recently served as Interim Prinicpal for the 2019-2020 school year and as the Assistant Principal at Baranoff Elementary School for three years.
I am a proud native of Austin, Texas, having attended grades K-12 in the Austin Public Schools. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a minor in English as a Second Language. I also earned a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification Early Childhood to Twelfth Grade from Texas State University in 2014.
In high school, after completing a teaching internship under the teacher who was my kindergarten teacher, I knew I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I have experience teaching in both primary and intermediate grades in Govalle Elementary School and Baranoff Elementary School. I am committed to always putting children first, and I enjoy fostering creativity, developing character, and providing students with the skills they need to reach their potential and lead productive lives. I look forward to working collaboratively with parents, students, and staff for the continued success of Baranoff Elementary School.
My husband and I enjoy fitness activities, sports, traveling, and trying new foods. Together we enjoy the company of our faithful boxers, Roxie and Guacamole, and our kitty, Chiquita.
Christine Ruiz, Assistant Principal
My name is Christine Ruiz. I am the Assistant Principal of Baranoff Elementary. I was born in Manhattan, NY but moved to Texas when I was just over a year old and I’ve been in Texas ever since.
I have lived in the Austin area (grew up in Bastrop, Tx) for about 25 years. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development. I also earned a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification Early Childhood to Twelfth Grade from Texas State University in 2014.
Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught 2nd for two years and 3rd grade for five years. The last three years of teaching 3rd grade was right here at Baranoff. For the 2018-2019 school year I served as an assistant principal at Nan Clayton Elementary here in Austin ISD. I am thrilled to be back to continue my leadership journey with the wonderful students and community of Baranoff.
I live by the words: All kids. All day. Everyday. I became an educator because I believe in empowering others, nurturing the love of learning, fostering creativity, and developing the whole child. Students are the most important members of a school community and under the appropriate conditions and with the appropriate strategies, all students can be successful! My husband and I spend the majority of our time playing/laughing with (but mostly, chasing) our 14 month old daughter everywhere. We also enjoy traveling, sports, watching movies, reading, and trying new foods/restaurants. Our family is made complete with the company of our chocolate lab, Bailey.
Samantha Barrett, Assistant Principal
My name is Samantha Barrett, and I am so proud to be joining Baranoff Elementary as an Assistant Principal. I was born and raised in Laredo, Texas along the Texas/Mexico border and have lived in Austin since 2010.
I attended the University of Texas at Arlington for my undergraduate degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish and Texas A&M International University for my graduate degree in Educational Administration.
I am starting my 15th year in education. Previously, I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade serving as an ESL and bilingual teacher. I also taught dual language summer school for students transitioning from kinder to first grade and 5th grade summer school.
I am passionate about public education and believe that every child deserves an inclusive and equitable quality education which I know is happening right here at Baranoff. I am looking forward to working with and supporting teachers, students, and their families to continue to develop and grow our young Buffaloes.
My husband and I are the proud parents of a 2-year-old girl, 4-year-old boy, a Boston terrier, and a black lab. As a family we enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, camping, playing at parks, and visiting family in Laredo and in Idaho.Contact Information: