Educator Spotlight: Tony Ruiz

At which FCUSD site(s) do you currently work? For how many years total you have been with FCUSD?

14 years in the district. Currently at Vista del Lago.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Maui. It’s my second home and where I am most relaxed.

What are your favorite things to do, your hobbies, etc.?

Writing about Pop culture; Cooking; Wine tasting.

What are some of the most memorable places you’ve visited?

Pearl Harbor, The Grand Canyon, Costa Rica

What/Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

My grandfather was my hero. This was a man who survived the Depression, fighting in WWII, and multiple health problems throughout his life. But despite all the challenges, he always showed humor, bravery, and compassion for everyone he met. I miss him every day.

 What did you want to be when you were a kid?

It may sound weird, but teaching was always my goal.

 If you could do another job for one day, what would that be?

An opera singer at the Metropolitan Opera.

Tell us something that might be surprising about yourself.

I make a really mean carrot cake.

What is the greatest thing about being a teacher/educator/counselor/nurse etc.?

The best thing for me is knowing that I’m learning as much from my students as they are learning from me.


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