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Welcome to Santa Rita Middle School!

Serving Grades 6, 7, and 8

90 E Santa Rita Blvd
Liberty Hill, TX 78642
P: 512-379-3380 | F: 512-379-3385

Mr. Josh Curtis, Principal

Mr. Josh Curtis

Phone: 512-379-3380


Parents and guardians, welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Santa Rita Middle School. Providing your student(s) with the best education in the state is our goal. We will do this with a safe, respectful, and responsible campus. Having all students learn and grow is our top priority and we will achieve this while helping students learn to be great citizens. Our vision is to "Empower Students to Become Champions", and we cannot achieve this prestigious goal without building bridges with the community and the parents. We are here to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that our students are learning today and leading tomorrow. We look forward to helping your students learn and grow. If you ever have any questions, please call 512-379-3380.

Mr. Michael Wuensch, Assistant Principal

Mr. Michael Wuensch

Phone: 512-379-3380


Hello Panther Nation! I am Michael Wuensch, Assistant Principal for students with last names M-Z. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this outstanding Santa Rita community and to be working together to be the best middle school in the state! I am committed to providing our young scholars with a safe environment where they are free to pursue excellence and feel EMPOWERED TO BE CHAMPIONS!

I earned my undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, and my master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University of Austin. Before administration, I served as a middle school mathematics teacher and athletics coach for Round Rock ISD and Hays CISD. I taught 7th and 8th grade math and coached football, basketball, and track.  

I am a proud husband and father of two boys. My wife, Brandy, is a real estate broker and owner/operator of Cityview Reality. My sons, Mason and Brayden, are passionate about sports and enjoy swimming, hiking, and exploring the outdoors. My passions include exercise and sports, service and volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

Here’s to a great year. GO PANTHERS!

Ms. Bridgette Shackelford, Assistant Principal

Ms. Bridgette Shackelford, Assistant PrincipalPhone: 512-379-3380


Welcome Santa Rita Middle School Panthers! My name is Bridgette Shackelford and I will be the 7th grade Assistant Principal on campus. I am excited to be a part of this amazing district and supporting the students. After graduating from Roswell NM, I attended college at Lubbock Christian University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. My master’s degree in Educational Leadership was earned through WGU. I have been in education for ten plus years as a classroom teacher and Instructional Coach. I am a mom of two amazing children who attend school in the Liberty Hill District. In our free time you will find us at the baseball/softball field and enjoying time with friends and family. I am looking forward to a great year! Let’s Go Panthers!


Mr. Brent Neal, Assistant Principal

Mr. Brent Neal, Assistant PrincipalPhone: 512-379-3380


My name is Brent Neal, the 6th grade Assistant Principal. This is my 5th year in LHISD and my first year serving as AP at Santa Rita Middle School. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with are students to help them become Champions. I have been in education for 22 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator.

My wife Stephanie is a nurse for Baylor Scott & White.  I have 3 kids who have attended LHISD schools. My daughter graduated from LHHS in 2022 and I currently have 2 sons who attend High School here in Liberty Hill. I like to read, fish, and watch my sons play football in my spare time.