School Basics

About Rugel

J.C. Rugel Elementary School opened in 1965 and is named after Joseph Columbus Rugel, a teacher, bookkeeper, legislator, and hardware merchant from Mesquite, Texas. The school has approximately 350 students and 50 staff members. We are proud to have educated students for many generations. Some of our students have parents and grandparents who attended Rugel. We have staff members at Rugel who have taught for more than 30 years, all at Rugel Elementary!!

Growth is a common thread throughout Rugel as the staff and students strive to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. 

We are Rhinos United for Growth, Engagement, and Leadership!

Our Feeder Pattern


Our Principal

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Dr. Amanda Walker has two decades of experience as an educator, all of them in Mesquite ISD. She began her teaching career at Lawrence Elementary School and then moved to Wilkinson Middle School. She served as the mathematics curriculum facilitator for several years and then moved into campus administration. She served the staff and families at Motley Elementary School as assistant principal and moved to Rugel Elementary School as principal in 2018. She earned a Masters of Science in Educational Administration and Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Walker and her husband, Phillip, love to travel, serve the community and spend time with friends and family. 

Campus Contacts

Sonya Estrada
Assistant Principal

Candece Cooper-Charles

Amber Bell
Instructional Specialist

Deana Flores
Campus Intervention Specialist

Leighanne Young

Contact Us

Rugel Elementary

2701 Sybil Dr
Mesquite, TX 75149

Phone(972) 882-7260

Supply Lists


School Hours

Elementary School Day
7:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

Elementary Early Release
12:25 p.m.

3-year-old Pre-K Morning Session 
7:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

3-year-old Pre-K Afternoon Session
11:55 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

4-year-old Full Day Pre-K
7:55 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.


School Health Advisory Council

Title 1 Information

Parent Right to Know - English

Parent Right to Know - Spanish

A copy of the Campus Improvement Plan is available for review in the school office upon request.