Mrs. Joann Ruiz was a student at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Mrs. Ruiz obtained a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and PPS Credential at San Jose State University. In 2012, Mrs. Ruiz graduated from Santa Clara University, earning a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Mrs. Ruiz has taught ELD, language arts and social studies for seven years at E.A. Hall Middle School in Watsonville, California. In Watsonville, Mrs. Ruiz worked as a Social-Emotional Counselor for two years at E.A. Hall Middle School, and, two years at Watsonville High School. Mrs. Ruiz is currently the the At-Risk Counselor at Heartland Alternative High School, and, has been working in this capacity since the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.