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Cindy Ruich selected as ASA Distinguished Administrator

Cindy Ruich Congratulations to Cindy Ruich, Student Services Director, selected as the Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Distinguished Administrator for the Educational Services Division.


This prestigious recognition is indicative of the quality of leadership Dr. Ruich provides as well as the overall respect and professional appreciation given by her peers.


Dr. Ruich will be formally recognized and presented the award during the ASA Summer Conference Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort.


In her 15 years in the Marana district, Dr. Ruich has served as a school counselor and assistant principal at Coyote Trail Elementary. She has spent the past five years as the Director of Student Services where she serves as the leader of the District’s counseling program, crisis team, and student services department. As a result of her leadership, thousands of students and family members have been supported by the programs she oversees. Dr. Ruich also makes an impact regionally by teaching the pre-service counseling courses at the University of Arizona and serving as the coordinator of the Pima County Counselor Leadership Team. She is Co-Coordinator of the Southern Arizona Inter-Agency Peer support team and a member of the Cenpatico Trauma Informed Care Committee. Dr. Ruich works diligently to increase the capacity of counselors and crisis teams across Southern Arizona to serve students. As the Director of the District’s School Climate Transformation Grant and High School Health and Wellness Program, Dr. Ruich's work has contributed to the development, enhancement and expansion of PBIS systems of support through a multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. In addition, Dr. Ruich is also a relentless advocate for students and families. This year alone she has secured over $200,000 in grants and donations to support the specialized needs of students. Currently Mrs. Ruich is a member of Arizona School Administrators (ASA), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), American School Counselor Association (AzSCA), American Education Research Association (AERA), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Southern Arizona Inter-agency Peer Support Team. Dr. Ruich currently serves as the co-chair of the Research Committee of AzSCA.