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

TOMBALL - For their steadfast commitment to high quality education and their demonstration of outstanding leadership, the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees has been named the 2021 Region 4 Outstanding School Board of the Year ​​as part of the annual Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards Program.

Representing Tomball ISD as its Board of Trustees: 

  • Matt Schiel - President
  • Kathy Handler - Vice President
  • Lee McLeod - Secretary
  • John E. McStravick - Assistant Secretary
  • Mark Lewandowski
  • Michael J. Pratt
  • Justin Unser 

The School Board Awards Program recognizes school boards that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and rendered ethical service to the children of Texas.

“Being recognized as the 2021 Region 4 Outstanding School Board is a tremendous honor and a well-deserved reflection of their dedication to our community, their servant and ethical leadership as well as their passion for advocating for our students,” said Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD Superintendent of Schools. “As a District, we want to congratulate this team and thank them for their focused-leadership and unwavering support all while playing an integral role in our overall success here in Tomball ISD.” 

Whether it was leading a fiscally-responsible and financially-sound district, managing fast-growth, supporting the continued efforts of Bond 2017, navigating a year full of uncertainty in education due to COVID-19, the TISD School Board remained committed to supporting the efforts of high-quality instruction coupled with innovative opportunities for all students.

“The Tomball ISD Board of Trustees’ vision, commitment and harmonious working relationship for our students, staff and families is unparalleled,” said Salazar-Zamora. “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.”

As elected officials, the TISD School Board was evaluated on criteria related to policy and decision making, supporting educational initiatives, commitment to a code of ethics, advocacy, community awareness and working in unity. 

“We are honored to be able to recognize the dedication and hard work of the members of the Tomball ISD Board of Trustees for their unfailing commitment to excellence in service for children,” 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.”

As the Region 4 winner, the Tomball ISD School Board has an opportunity to advance to the next round of the Board of the Year program. A committee will review the regional winners and the Texas Outstanding School Board will be announced during txEDCON, the TASA/TASB Convention, held September 24–26 in Dallas.

Tomball ISD educates students to become responsible, productive citizens by providing innovative, individually rigorous, and personally valuable educational experiences. Founded in 1908, Tomball ISD now encompasses 83 square miles in northwest Harris County and southwest Montgomery County, and is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Houston. The district currently educates over 19,000 students at 21 campuses with its 22nd campus opening in August 2021.

Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4), located in Houston, is one of 20 service centers established by the Texas Legislature in 1967. The purposes of the service centers, as presented in legislation, are to assist school districts in improving student performance, to enable school districts to operate more efficiently and economically, and to implement initiatives assigned by the Legislature or Commissioner of Education. The core purpose of Region 4 is to provide excellence in service for children.

Encompassing seven counties in the upper Texas Gulf Coast area, Region 4 serves 47 independent school districts and 40 open-enrollment charter schools. As the largest service center in Texas, Region 4 serves an education community of more than 1.2 million students, more than 105,000 professional educators, and 1,500 campuses.