Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Groundbreaking

On February 22, the Ann Richards School community gathered for a very special groundbreaking celebration as the modernization moves into the construction phase.

The event featured a special performance by former ARS students and three-time Austin Music Award winners The Tiarra Girls, as well as remarks by ARS Principal Kris Waugh, AISD Board of Trustees President Geronimo Rodriguez and Superintendent Paul Cruz.

Ann Richards dedicated herself to breaking down barriers for women to fully participate in career and community; she used her own successes to create opportunities for women and to educate and encourage women everywhere to become leaders. In her honor, the groundbreaking event also recognized four other groundbreaking women in our community who carry on Ann’s legacy:


Ellen Richards

Chair Emeritus, Ann Richards School Foundation
Chief Strategy Officer, Integral Care

Michelle Milford Morse

Board Member and Past Chair, Ann Richards School Foundation
Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy, United Nations Foundation

Nicole Conley Johnson

Chief Business and Operations Officer, Austin ISD

Jeanne Goka

Founding Principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders


Thank you to everyone who joined the celebration, and for your continued support as AISD creates 21st-century learning spaces for all students!

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