Welcome to Ruby Young Medical & Environmental Science Magnet Academy


At RUBY YOUNG ELEMENTARY we are committed to providing an environment that builds a solid foundation for our future scholars. Each day, students, teachers and administrators share in a common goal to provide a thriving learning environment that promotes academic success far beyond the classroom. It is with this commitment, that students and staff recite the following Student Affirmation each morning.

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Employee of the Year at Ruby Young Medical & Environmental Science Magnet Academy 2017

Ms. Nikki James is the Administrative Assistant at Ruby Young Elementary. She started her journey with the public school system in 2006 determined at making a change. Ms. James has served as a Receptionist, Attendance Clerk, Registrar, and most recently an Administrative Assistant and Office Manager. She has worked for Aldine, Mansfield, and currently DeSoto ISD.

If not having a full-time job is enough; she’s also a full-time student with a cumulative GPA is 3.40 at Paul Quinn College working towards a Bachelors of Arts in Education (EC-6).  As a lifetime learner, she plans to further her education upon graduation.

Ms. James’s goal is to become a teacher where she can mold the minds of children. She truly believes that children are the future!

 Join us in the celebration of Ms. Nikki James selection to Employee of The Year for the third time in her four-year tenure at Ruby Young Elementary. 
Congratulations Ms. Nikki James! We appreciate all you do for the students, parents, and faculty of Ruby Young and the DeSoto ISD.


Teacher of the Year at Ruby Young Medical & Environmental Science Magnet Academy 2017

Ms. LaWonda Bluitt-Williams, 3rd Grade Teacher


My name is Mrs. LaWonda Bluitt-Williams. I have been teaching for 17 years in public, private and charter schools, grades 1-5; however, 13 of those years have been teaching my first love, 3rd grade. I have earned a Masters of Education Degree in Administration from Concordia University, and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government with a Minor in Business Management from Texas Woman’s University. I have a Standard Principal EC-12 Certification, EC-4 Generalist Certification, as well as Instructional Leadership Development and Professional Development Appraisal System Certifications. I have been married for 15 years; have 2 daughters in 8th and 9th grade in Desoto ISD, and my son graduated from Desoto High School in 2015 and is now in the army.For the last two years, I have had the honor of being employed by Desoto ISD at Ruby Young Medical and Environmental Science Magnet Academy. Currently, I serve as a 3rd-grade Team Leader, Math teacher, and Administrative Intern. As an intern over the last two years, I have had the privilege to work as a Math coach for new teachers and provide professional development presentations for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Math teachers in my learning community.My future aspiration is to become an administrator so that I can impact and improve student achievement campus-wide.  I want to share with others my passion, drive, love, faith and commitment to educating our youth without short cuts and excuses. I want to inspire and empower other teacher magicians who are in the trenches daily to continue to fuel the fire of growth and development with our students, parents, and community.

February/March 2017


February 23rd was National Dog Biscuit Day and the students and teachers donated several boxes of Dog Bones and bags of Doggie Treats for the fur babies at the Tri-City Animal Shelter.  Ms. Anna Lujan, Librarian a.k.a "The Cat in the Hat"  delivered the treats and was greeted by Frankie a long-haired dachshund who welcomed her with puppy kisses and enjoyed a treat.  A special shout out to Ms. Sabrina Mayberry's Awesome Kindergarten class where each child donated a bag of tasty treats!  Thank you to our Awesome teachers, students, and parents for donating to this special cause!



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