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District Secondary Principal of the Year Returns to Home Campus
Jun 14 2017 - 03:48:00 pm

Based on his accomplishments during his tenure with Klein ISD, it was a no brainer to select Wunderlich Intermediate Principal, Chris Ruggerio as Klein ISD’s Secondary Principal of the year. But when reflecting on the moment Judy Rimato, Klein ISD Associate Superintendent for Communications and Planning, announced he was this year’s honoree, Ruggerio says he was in a bit of a state of disbelief.

 

“As she started reading through it, I heard the universities and years in education it kind of triggered. But at the same time, I thought it couldn’t be me,” he said. “It was a great surprise.”

 

Ruggerio has served in education for 15 years. Fourteen years ago, he began as a teacher at Wunderlich Intermediate. Over the course of his career, he worked as an assistant principal at Klein Oak where he has always looked for ways to connect with each student personally and build on their strengths. In 2013, he was named Wunderlich’s principal and according to those around him, he was always a campus leader.

 

“When I was a principal at Wunderlich, he was an adaptive behavior teacher,” said Kelly Schumacher, Klein ISD Executive Director for Teaching & Learning. “Chris was just somebody who stood out right away.”

 

“Chris is an innovative leader who continuously looks for ways to improve systems for students,” says Klein ISD Chief Learning Officer, Jenny McGown. “His initiatives are always focused on the whole student.”

 

After moving into his new leadership role, Ruggerio remained focused on student success. He credits the staff, faculty, counselors, and teachers at the campus and their love for the students not just while they are at Wunderlich, but also for their success as they further their education.

 

“We have three years to get these kids ready for high school and make sure they are ready to proceed,” said Ruggerio. “We want to make sure we are giving them everything we can. We want to see them walk across the stage four years later.”

 

He says getting to return home to Wunderlich was a natural fit and being able to come back to the building and the community has made him never look back. 

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