april - kerri milazzo

Where were you born? I was born in Austin, Texas.
Where did you attend high school/college? I attended Bastrop High School and went to Texas State University for Education.
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? I have been a Baty Bobcat for almost 4 months.
What are some small things that make your day better? Seeing people happy and smiling makes my day better.
What is your dream destination for a vacation? I am not really into going to faraway places but would love to go camping at Yellow Stone.
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? I am a mother of almost 5 children and 3 bonus children. I love my big family.
What brings you joy? Talking to my children brings me joy.
Who is someone you look up to or admire? I admire all the teachers and their hard work the put into the students.
Describe your greatest accomplishment. My 5 children are my best accomplishment.
What is one word that describes you? One word that describes me is patience.

march - amy gildner

I was born in Bakersfield, California. I graduated with honors from Bakersfield high school and attended Bakersfield Community College. I have been a Baty Bobcat for six years. My greatest accomplishment is my career and my family. The one word that would best describe me is, Fun! I love working with my students!

february - christopher marvels

Where were you born? Austin, Texas
Where did you attend high school/college? LBJ High School & Huston-Tillotson University
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? 5 Years
What are some small things that make your day better? Eating honey roasted cashews
What is your dream destination for a vacation? Fiji
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? I will be “50” in December
What brings you joy? My Son Joshua
Who is someone you look up to or admire? My Parents
Describe your greatest accomplishment. When I was nominated Master Mason of The Year
What is one word that describes you? Fun

january- monica garza-ruedas

Where were you born? I was born in Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capitol of the World!
Where did you attend high school/college? I graduated from Crockett High School in 2004 with a license to practice Cosmetology, but my passion to grow young minds led me to enroll at Grand Canyon University, where I am studying Elementary Education ESL.
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? This is my first year at Baty, but I feel like this is home!  I am proud to be a member of this wonderful family who strive to make real connections with our student population.
What are some small things that make your day better? My day is made better when I get high fives and waves from my students, and every time one of them is excited to inform me that they had a good and better day.
What is your dream destination for a vacation? I would love to vacation in Greece and visit medieval ruins, stroll down the cobblestone streets of ancient villages, and relax on picturesque beaches with breathtaking views.
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? People are surprised to learn that I LOVE motorcycles!  I own 2 Harleys and enjoy being a part of the riding community.  I travel many miles on my bikes and have participated in numerous charity events. I also collect helmets and “bling” them with fun designs.
What brings you joy? I find joy in the work that I do.  Especially if I can make a positive impact on the mindset and self-esteem of at least one child every day.
Who is someone you look up to or admire? I admire and look up to every teacher who is walking the halls of Baty Elementary.  You are all paving the way for future educators and equipping our students to be motivated, productive, and successful in the future.
Describe your greatest accomplishment. My greatest accomplishments are my 3 sons.  AJ, Christian, and Alexander.  They are kind, sensible, and so hardworking and they make me proud every day.
What is one word that describes you? One word to describe me is ENTHUSIASM.  I love trying new things, jumping right into challenging roles, and I have been told that my loud laugh and smile are infectious.

december - jacqueline vaca

Where were you born? I was born in French Camp, CA, but moved to Pharr, TX when I was 10 years old.
Where did you attend high school/college? I attended Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School in Pharr, TX and I attended St. Edward’s University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? This is my first year as a Baty Bobcat.
What are some small things that make your day better? Having a good stretch in the morning after a restful sleep, coffee, and being able to spend time with a child and impacting their day positively.
What is your dream destination for a vacation? I have no particular dream destination. I would just like to travel everywhere.
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? I played the viola, similar to a violin but obviously better, throughout my middle school/high school years. I recently picked it up again in hopes of being the next Bach.
What brings you joy? Having stability in my life brings me joy.
Who is someone you look up to or admire? I look up to my dad. He’s always someone who has pushed me to challenge myself and has always been there to encourage me with any dream I’ve had.
Describe your greatest accomplishment. My greatest accomplishment is realizing that my passion is working with children.
What is one word that describes you? Passionate.

november - ruthie carter

Where were you born? Waco, Tx.
Where did you attend high school/college? Jefferson- Moore High School
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? 17 years.
What are some small things that make your day better? A smile
What is your dream destination for a vacation? Africa
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? I enjoy singing
What brings you joy? My faith
Describe your greatest accomplishment. Being able to touch the lives of so many students for so many years
Anything else to add: A very special thanks to everyone here at Baty. It’s a joy working with you and the students each day.

october - guadalupe hinojosa

Where were you born? I was born in Bakersfield, California but grew up in Mission, Texas.
Where did you attend high school/college? I attended Mission High School and St. Edward’s University (Go Toppers!)
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? I started working at Baty in 2013 as the 21st century (LEAD) soccer coach, and have remained a faithful bobcat ever since.
What are some small things that make your day better? My four legged babies, people smiling, the sound of laughter, flamin’ hots and pickles.
What is your dream destination for a vacation? Me, a journal, some mate and the beautiful Inca ruins in Machu Picchu.
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? I spent about three weeks backpacking throughout Mexico when I graduated from high school.
What brings you joy? I find joy in the simple pleasures life offers—a good book, cookouts with friends and family, playing sports, long conversations with my sisters, classic puns, and browsing through endless funny pictures and videos of cats on the Internet.
Who is someone you admire? My parents are incredible human beings—they have defied the odds, traveled to a foreign country and risked everything for the sake of a better future.
Describe your greatest accomplishment. I spent 6 months studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina away from all of my family and friends. Those months truly shaped me into the person I am today.
What is one word that describes you? Optimistic
Anything else to add: I am very grateful to be part of the Baty Elementary team, and consider it a very rewarding experience.

september - ruthie carter

Where were you born? Waco, Tx.
Where did you attend high school/college? Jefferson- Moore High School
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? 17 years.
What are some small things that make your day better? A smile
What is your dream destination for a vacation? Africa
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? I enjoy singing
What brings you joy? My faith
Describe your greatest accomplishment. Being able to touch the lives of so many students for so many years
Anything else to add: A very special thanks to everyone here at Baty. It’s a joy working with you and the students each day.

august - adrian solis

Where were you born? Austin TexaS
Where did you attend high school/college? I attended William B. Travis (home of the Rebels) as well as Austin Community College (home of the River Bats) and lastly The University of Texas at Austin (home of the Longhorns).
How long have you been a Baty Bobcat? I’ve been a Bobcat for about 20 years. However, I’ve been working for about 5 years.
What are some small things that make your day better? When people get excited to see me and fill me up with “hellos” and “good mornings” and hugs.
What is your dream destination for a vacation? Havana, Cuba, because of the tropical beaches as well as the markets on the streets.
What is something most people don’t know about you that would surprise them? When people first meet me they are surprised by my honesty.
What brings you joy? Growth. Whether it’s learning or growing with age.
Who is someone you look up to or admire? Lately my admiration would have to be the first president of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston, because of his vison and hopes for the great state of Texas.
Describe your greatest accomplishment. Being able to wake up each day to a job that I don’t dislike. I’d rather be here than flipping burgers at Wendy’s.
What is one word that describes you? Hardworking.