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Principal Michelle Kimball
Greetings Rattler Parents, Students, and Community Members!

I want to begin by extending a warm welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year.  It is with great honor that I will begin my 16th year in education serving Rancho as your Principal.

The past 16 years, I had many growing opportunities that have prepared me to be your educational leader.   I obtained my Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Arizona State University.   I taught  Kindergarten through 3rd grade and served as a K-5 Instructional Coach, Middle School Student Advisor, Middle School Assistant Principal, and most recently served as the Assistant Principal of Rancho Gabriela.  On a personal note, I’m newly married to my amazing husband Kelly.  Between the two of us we share 5 kids ages 25, 22, 19, 16, and 14.  We love the outdoors and traveling!  Family is incredibly important to me, both within my personal home and at school.  This year will focus a great deal on building relationships and the safety and well being of all our school family members.  Our communication and partnerships are more critical now than ever before.  We look forward to working with you this year to ensure a safe and successful school year for your child(ren). 

The Rancho staff takes great pride in providing students with a safe and academic rich environment in which they will be empowered to make better choices, be responsible citizens, and become creative life-long learners! Rancho Gabriela is a collaborative community dedicated to high levels of student success!  During these unprecedented times, our teachers have been working hard to prepare the most enriching academic and social emotional experiences for your child(ren).  We can't wait to see you all soon!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time throughout the year.  You can reach me by email michelle.ruff@dysart.org or phone 623-523-8502.

Thanks again for your continued support of Rancho!

Warm regards,
Michelle Kimball (Ruff)
Principal
 



Assistant Principal Alicia Ashby







Hello Rancho Gabriela Parents and Guardians,

I am so honored and excited to be a part of the Rattlers family as your Assistant Principal!  I am eager to meet and work with our students and families this year. I have been a Dysart community member and parent of 3 young children in the district since moving from Illinois in 2014.  As a 16 year educator, I have been allowed so many wonderful opportunities as a Teacher, Behavior Interventionist,  and Assistant Principal. 

While we know that this year may bring new challenges and celebrations, I look forward to our collaboration to help and support each of our students to learn and grow this year.  I believe in the teaching of the whole child, supporting their academic and social growth and allowing them to create, explore and flourish as individuals.

Our partnership is critical. Please do not hesitate to reach out at alicia.ashby@dysart.org or 623-523-8500.  Thank you for your support.

Respectfully, 
Alicia Ashby