Texas Superintendent’s Former Mistress Speaks Out, Claims Faculty Board Members Focused Her

Disclaimer: Neither The Each day Sign nor The Heritage Basis endorses or opposes any candidates within the Spherical Rock, Texas, Unbiased Faculty District elections. This story experiences on claims from the superintendent’s former mistress, and quotes her election-related statements. It doesn’t endorse or oppose these claims.

The lady on the heart of a scandal involving Hafedh Azaiez, the superintendent of the Spherical Rock, Texas, Unbiased Faculty District, has lastly spoken publicly, claiming that college board members focused her in an effort to silence her claims towards Azaiez.

Vanessa Ruiz, the previous mistress who has claimed in court docket paperwork that Azaiez pressured her to get an abortion and assaulted her, spoke with Orlando Salinas, a college board candidate who’s operating towards college board President Amber Feller within the Place 3 election. The scandal has deepened since a Spherical Rock father, Jeremy Story, was arrested final September for allegedly disrupting a college board assembly by which he talked about Ruiz’s claims. (Each the varsity board president on the time, Amy Weir, and a spokesperson for the district have denied any try and silence Story. Azaiez’s lawyer has claimed to have “goal proof that the assault… didn’t happen.”)

Salinas started the video, filmed by the Spherical Rock One Household PAC, by presenting a restraining order towards Azaiez and mentioning a legislation enforcement case. He claimed, “My opponent, Amber Feller, the present board president, together with Amy Weir and Tiffanie Harrison, have all asserted publicly that the legislation enforcement case has been dismissed or was closed. Is that this true?” (Feller, talking with The Each day Sign, denied claiming that the legislation enforcement case was dismissed. Weir and Harrison didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.)

“No, the detectives within the Travis County Sheriff’s Workplace have been clear in stating that this case was inactive,” Ruiz responded, because the display confirmed statements from the sheriff’s workplace to that impact. The sheriff’s workplace confirmed to The Each day Sign that the case is suspended.

Ruiz stated the case had been “suspended at my request” and that it “will be reopened any time by me.”

Ruiz talked about an unbiased investigation commissioned by the Spherical Rock college board involving Ann Dixon. The previous mistress claimed that Amber Feller “was interjecting herself into this investigation.” She defined that she, along with her authorized counsel, determined to cooperate with Dixon’s investigation partly as a result of “I believed that this investigation was not relating to me.”

“Amber Feller made me the goal by sending the investigator to comply with me and stalk me to acquire pictures of my work, regardless that I used to be not, once more, the topic of the investigation that the Spherical Rock neighborhood taxpayer cash paid for,” she stated. “We felt uncomfortable and at risk, proper? Somebody was following us.”

“I used to be additionally topic to humiliation, embarrassment, and defamation,” she added.

Ruiz made a selected allegation: “Even my doctoral program director was referred to as and had to supply present standing of my enrollment all as a result of Mrs. Feller acknowledged to the investigator that I used to be a liar and that I used to be mendacity about even being enrolled in a doctoral program at UT,” the College of Texas.

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She claimed the investigation’s deal with her “was all ordered by Mrs. Feller.”

Salinas emphasised that “taxpayer {dollars} [were] getting used to research you.” He additionally pointed to an “official Spherical Rock ISD e-mail from Amy Weir that states you [Ruiz] will not be pregnant.”

Ruiz referred to as this “probably the most hurtful, and slanderous to me” noting that “many individuals witnessed my being pregnant” and that her physician “confirmed my being pregnant.” (Weir didn’t reply to The Each day Sign’s request for remark.)

She concluded the video by calling Spherical Rock neighborhood members to vote towards Feller and different trustees.

“I ask this neighborhood to ask these trustees to supply all of them the knowledge,” she stated. “I ask that you just vote them out, as it’s my perception as an educator that they don’t seem to be displaying the behaviors and conduct that college board trustees ought to have and show.”

“They’ve constantly slandered me and focused me after I was pregnant and weak. They proceed to take action,” Ruiz charged. “They’ve launched false press statements and utilized district assets in an try and discredit me and slandered my identify utilizing their energy as college board trustees. I discover this appalling.”

Dixon, creator of the unbiased report into Azaiez, informed The Each day Sign she stood by her findings and her conclusion, which famous “the divisiveness created locally by Dr. Azaiez’s habits and the dearth of Dr. Azaiez to be forthcoming” in stating that, in her opinion, he “couldn’t come again into his place and be efficient.”

“I believe that the conclusion of my report has come to fruition,” she stated, citing the divided neighborhood.

Dixon’s report talked about a number of findings, together with a pending grievance towards Azaiez; a doctor’s affirmation that Ruiz had been pregnant on Dec. 2, 2021; funds Azaiez made to Ruiz; a confidentiality settlement; and a search agency affirmation that it could not have advisable Azaiez had it identified concerning the relationship with Ruiz.

Dixon confirmed to The Each day Sign that Feller claimed Ruiz was not in a Ph.D. program. Feller additionally introduced pictures of the Ph.D. class to Dixon as supposed proof that Ruiz was not in this system. But Dixon referred to as this system and confirmed that Ruiz was certainly enrolled.

Dixon stated that Spherical Rock college board members stored pointing to Ruiz as unreliable or problematic, however she tried to remain targeted with regards to her investigation, Azaiez, whose habits was the scope of her investigation. “It was at all times, ‘Don’t have a look at Azaiez, have a look at her.’” Dixon talked about many “rabbit trails round Miss Ruiz that I couldn’t substantiate.”

Feller informed The Each day Sign that she wouldn’t handle Ruiz’s claims about Dixon’s investigation, claiming that Salinas had introduced that Ruiz can be suing her for defamation.

“I’ve by no means talked about the alleged sufferer by identify publicly,” Feller stated.

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Nevertheless, the varsity board president did convey up a letter that the Spherical Rock One Household PAC and Salinas posted on social media at about midday on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Whereas the letter bears Feller’s signature, she stated, “I by no means authored” it. “The doc is 100% a forgery, and it entails fairly a couple of penal code violations, together with a doable felony,” she claimed.

The letter, dated March 27, 2022, and signed within the identify of Amber Feller, addresses the Wayside Faculty District college board and assaults Ruiz, who was employed because the principal at Sci-Tech Center Faculty within the Wayside district. “If you’re not conscious she just isn’t being truthful along with her latest assault accusation towards Dr. Hafedh Azaiez superintendent of the Spherical Rock Unbiased Faculty District and her being pregnant,” the letter states. “There’s info and proof that present she has by no means been pregnant.” The letter claims Ruiz “tried to destroy [Azaiez’s] household and his profession by contacting the varsity board to inform her fabricated story.”

“I urge you to carry her accountable and take away her from her place as a college chief,” the letter provides.


On Sunday, Feller’s authorized counsel despatched the Spherical Rock One Household PAC and Salinas a cease-and-desist letter, demanding that they cease citing the “cast letter” and warning that she would possibly sue for defamation.

Feller informed The Each day Sign, “I’ve filed police experiences with the Spherical Rock Police Division, the Spherical Rock ISD Police Division, and ethics violations with the Secretary of State.”

“They stole my signature off of my July marketing campaign finance report,” Feller informed The Each day Sign. She introduced varied reveals to again up her case, together with totally different variations of her signature. “It’s my opinion that this video is in retaliation for them being implicated in a number of legal violations in creating this doc.”


“I can be pursuing this to the fullest extent doable in a legal pursuit and I can be following up with a civil as effectively,” Feller added.

She defended Azaiez, saying that “he’s been investigated by Travis County Sheriff’s Workplace, the TEA [Texas Education Agency], and an unbiased investigator. Not a single particular person has discovered proof of any wrongdoing.” (Dixon disagreed with this interpretation of her report.) She claimed that Azaiez “is making systemic and widespread adjustments for our district.” She additionally claimed that 94% of Spherical Rock ISD colleges scored at or above their score in comparison with their 2019 STAAR, or State of Texas Assessments of Tutorial Readiness, scores. 

As for Salinas’ declare that Feller lied concerning the legislation enforcement case, Feller informed The Each day Sign, “I stated that the case has been suspended, I by no means stated that this case has been closed.”

Dixon, the unbiased report’s creator, stated that Ruiz by no means informed her concerning the March 27 letter to the Wayside Faculty District board, regardless that Ruiz has stored in contact with Dixon often for the reason that investigation was concluded, together with as lately as late final month. Ruiz had opened up an important deal to Dixon, saying that she “felt like she was being victimized constantly.”

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Jennifer White, a spokeswoman for the Spherical Rock One Household PAC, informed The Each day Sign that neither she, nor the PAC, nor anybody she is aware of cast the letter.

“Amber Feller has a observe document of bullying, intimating people and never being truthful,” White stated.  “She lied about not giving an obscene gesture to an SAT proctor in 2020 (formal grievance filed), she lately tried to silence a guardian at a board assembly to cease her from talking to the media (KXAN) and she or he even tried to harass my pals to discredit me.” White claimed that Feller had reached out to White’s pals to unfold lies about her.

Talking to The Each day Sign, Feller admitted to giving an obscene gesture, however stated she made the gesture “to an empty room,” noting that the SAT proctor solely later filed the grievance after seeing the footage capturing the gesture. The college board rejected the grievance 6-0 in 2020 and then-President Weir stated, “We as a complete want to specific that we don’t condone Ms. Feller’s actions.”

Feller additionally rebutted claims that she was making an attempt to “silence a guardian” by blocking the lady from talking to a KXAN native information digicam. “I will be heard asking if I can converse with the mother,” Feller stated.

Feller additionally claimed that White was mendacity about Feller ostensibly harassing her pals. “We’ve a mutual pal and I reached out through textual content to see if she wished to speak,” Feller stated. She additionally pointed to a screenshot of the incident in query, which White shared on Fb. Within the message, Feller wrote that White “stated plenty of issues that have been incorrect,” and famous that “I don’t know Jennifer and I don’t imply any disrespect to her, we simply have a number of mutual pals.”

Tony McDonald, a lawyer representing Spherical Rock One Household PAC, accused Feller of utilizing the authorized system to bully her critics.

“That is one more instance of Amber Feller misusing the authorized system to bully those that are important of her document on the RRISD college board,” McDonald informed The Each day Sign. “We is not going to tolerate a frivolous lawsuit. Residents in Spherical Rock ISD have a proper to criticize their elected officers with out being threatened with authorized motion for doing so. Feller’s document of attacking a sufferer of home violence whereas defending RRISD’s disgraced superintendent is a matter for public debate that she can not and won’t silence.”

Neither the spokeswoman for the varsity district, nor Weir, nor Nix, Azaiez’s lawyer, responded to The Each day Sign’s requests for remark by publication time.


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