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2021 Region 4 School Board of the Year

Tomball ISD Board of Trustees named Region 4 School Board of the Year

(Back) L-R: Michael J. Pratt, John E. McStravick, President Matt Schiel, Mark Lewandowski
(Front) L-R: Justin Unser, Superintendent Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Vice President Kathy Handler, Secretary Lee McLeod

Houston (August 10, 2021)—The Tomball ISD Board of Trustees has been named the Region 4 School Board of the Year for 2020–2021 and a 2021 Texas Honor School Board as part of the annual Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards Program.

The Tomball ISD Board of Trustees was recognized for its dedicated support to students and educators, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the goal of keeping all campuses open for the 2020–2021 school year, the Board adopted the Return to Excellence plan to address all aspects of successfully reopening schools in the fall of 2020. This included continued meal service as well as the creation of the Tomball Virtual School, which provided families with the option to continue remote learning.

Additionally, to address the expected learning loss resulting from the loss of face-to-face instruction during the final quarter of the 2019–2020 school year, the district implemented the Renaissance Learning assessment to measure student achievement and to guide teachers in providing targeted, personalized instruction for each student. Teachers continued to provide high-quality instruction both virtually and in person, and the district showed continued growth in reading and math achievement despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Tomball ISD Board of Trustees’ vision, commitment and harmonious working relationship for our students, staff and families is unparalleled,” said Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, superintendent, Tomball ISD. “We pride ourselves on being a place where climate and culture distinguish us as a Destination District and it begins at the top with our School Board. This group of dedicated individuals shares a passion for education and understands the importance of investing in our future growth as a District.”

Tomball ISD is one of 81 districts across Texas identified as a fast-growth school district, largely due to the district’s unwavering commitment to student achievement, parental involvement, and community support. To support this growth as well as a safe, inclusive and responsive learning environment, the Board unanimously approved Destination 2025 to guide board inquiry, discussion, action and support in the development of rigorous, engaging programs for all students.
“Without fail, the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees consistently focuses on providing our students with an exceptional educational experience which includes a collaborative culture, high-quality instruction and social-emotional learning,” said Dr. Amy Schindewolf, chief academic officer, Tomball ISD. “Their vision and support paves the way for a premier experience for the entire school community.”

Tomball ISD serves more than 19,000 students across 21 campuses in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County. The district will open a new campus this fall.

“We are honored to be able to recognize the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees for their unfailing commitment to supporting students and educators in the face of unprecedented challenges,” said Dr. Pam Wells, executive director, Region 4 Education Service Center. “We congratulate them on the well-deserved recognition and wish them the best on their nomination.”
The Tomball ISD Board members are Matt Schiel, president; Kathy Handler, vice president; Lee McLeod, secretary; John E. McStravick, assistant secretary; members Michael J. Pratt, Mark Lewandowski, and Justin Unser; and Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, superintendent.

The Texas Outstanding School Board will be announced during txEDCON, the TASA/TASB Convention, held September 24–26 in Dallas.


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