Tomball ISD Superintendent Named Distinguished Alumni by Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Tomball ISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the district announced in a July press release.

Sarah R. Saldaña, retired director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and professor of bilingual education at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Josefina Villamil Tinajero joined Salazar-Zamora as 2022 honorees.

Salazar-Zamora has over 35 years of experience in education and earned a Bachelor of Science and two Masters (Educational Administration and Special Education) from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. She previously served as director of studies for three years before becoming the first female and first Hispanic superintendent of Tomball ISD in 2017.

“Javelina alumni and faculty are making amazing things happen in the world. Their accomplishments significantly benefit both society and our campus, inspiring others and providing insight and creativity,” the Javelina Alumni Association said via press release. “Their actions communicate the dynamic excellence of being a Javelina and the importance of service as a component of our philosophy. To celebrate the achievements of our alumni and faculty, the Javelina Alumni Association sponsors awards for alumni distinguished students, researchers and teachers.

Salazar-Zamora helped pave the way for Bond 2021, spending $494.5 million on two proposals, and Bond 2017, which included the new Tomball ISD stadium and event center and Grand Lakes Junior High. She also contributed to the creation of the Tomball ISD innovation center.

Salazar-Zamora is the past president and founding member of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and previously served as vice president of the Texas Association of School Administrators, Region 4 – The Council of Women School Executives and State Fast Growth School Coalition. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Hospital Corporation of America Tomball, the Board of Directors for the Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, the Office of the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and served as a Texas Representative for the American Association of School Administrators.

Magnolia ISD application deadline coming soon

Returning Magnolia ISD students can submit their annual enrollment check July 11-31, the district announced on its website.

Annual enrollment verification is required for those returning and can be completed through the Frontline Parent Portal.

According to Magnolia ISD, “the process is to make sure the district has up-to-date information for your students before the start of the school year.”

New students who completed the forms during the registration process may omit the verification requirement. Registration for new students opened July 1 for the upcoming school year. To view requirements and enroll, visit www.magnoliaisd.org/parents/enrollment-transfers.

Tomball Students Complete STEM Program

More than 35 students from Willow Wood Junior High have concluded a year-long science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program by visiting the Baker Hughes facility in Rankin Road, Tomball ISD reported.

Employees and students met for the first time during the tour, as classes ran virtually throughout the year

Students spent half a day touring the facility, learning about drilling tools, and watching 3D printing demonstrations.

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