Shelly Ruiz grew up in Banning, attending school from Kindergarten to 12th grade. She had incredible teachers that fostered her love for learning and challenged her to think from other people’s point of view. She is proud to be from Banning.
After high school Ruiz attended UC Riverside obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She started teaching after graduation while working towards her teaching credential at Cal State San Bernardino and then continued on to earn her Master’s in Reading.