Faculty Spotlight Week 9

Ruth Adler, 1st Grade Teacher

How old were you when you decided to become a teacher?

I don’t think there was an age that I ever considered some other profession. Teaching is and has always been my calling. I love being with the students each and every day.

What are your hobbies/interests (other than making BYDS great)?

I love to travel and learn about different cultures. I enjoy swimming, reading, needle pointing, cooking, playing Sudoku, going on long walks and spending quality time with family and friends.

What can you cook to perfection? Are you willing to share the recipe?

My motto when cooking is the less ingredients the better.  

Passover is coming so I will share a delicious easy recipe that is also gluten-free.

Chocolate Fudge Brownies


1/2 cup of oil

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup of potato starch

1/2 cup of cocoa


Mix the above ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. 

Then bake on 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until done.

Optional Topping:

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until it is smooth and melted.

Drizzle it over the brownies. 

What natural talent do you wish you had?

I wish I had the talent for public speaking and for playing the piano.

Leslie Pesis, Student Achievement Team Coordinator

Where did you go to college, and what attracted you to the education field?

I went to University of Wisconsin – Madison undergrad and DePaul for my masters. I have always loved working with kids and really never considered another profession. At one point I thought about doing speech pathology, but that’s about as far as I strayed.  

What is your favorite thing about BYDS?

My favorite thing about BYDS is the future. I’m excited about the direction the school is going in and feel lucky to be part of this growth. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Advice to my younger self: buckle up for 2020 🙃! 

What is your favorite kind of candy, and why?

My favorite sweets are my grandma’s (Meemaw) brownies and “Meemaw muffins”. She’s 91 and continues to bake and send her goodies around the country to her 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren (soon to be 12)!

Bonnie Suchart, Lead Pre-K Teacher

What is your most memorable moment at BYDS so far?

I remember looking forward to the day that I was at BYDS for 18 years so that I could earn my leaf on the BYDS Tree of Life. I’ve now been at BYDS for 27 years and look forward to retiring in May!

What are some traditions or superstitions you have for the First Day of School?

I’m always excited for the first day of school. I learn my students’ names alphabetically as soon as I get the class list. I always look forward to the smiles on the kids’ faces as they walk in. I love taking “First Day of School” pictures of each student.

What superhero talent would you most like to have?

I’d like to be able to travel back in time and spend more time with my grandparents. I was very fortunate to have 4 grandparents and they all lived in the city I grew up in, Corpus Christi. As an adult, I’d like to have more time with them.  

How do you think students will remember you and your class?

I hope my students remember me for teaching them to be kind, and that kindness is contagious. If they do something kind for someone else, then someone will want to do a kind act for another person.

Mafer Trujillo, Assistant TWOs Teacher

What are you most proud of this year in regard to your work at BYDS?

I am proud to be a part of the BYDS family and to have the opportunity to be able to plant a seed in each student’s life. In addition to be able to enjoy the children’s growth and their contagious energy.

Did anything or anyone inspire you to become a teacher?

My mother was an educator for many years, and I was very proud of her work and accomplishments in this field. She has been an inspiration to me as well as my close cousin and friends that are educators as well. Their dedication is undeniable.

What is your favorite treat?

My favorite treat would definitely have to be chocolate of all forms! However, my top favorites are anything with Nutella or Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Who is your favorite sports team?

My favorite sport is tennis. My favorite players are Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.

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