Tomball ISD Teachers of the Year announced

Katy Tumlinson of Tomball Elementary was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Lisa Stoyak of Grand Lakes Junior High was named Secondary Teacher of the Year at the 36th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony at Tomball High School, Tomball ISD announced in a May news release.

Tumlinson is a fourth grand ELA and social studies teacher and began her career in Tomball ISD. She’s been serving students since 2012.

“Being recognized as Elementary Teacher of the Year is a true honor that I share with my campus leadership, instructional support team, and most importantly my students,” Tumlinson said. “The work of teaching is a collaborative journey and is not possible in isolation. I am so grateful to have grown in my profession surrounded by incredibly talented educators and amazing students whose drive and determination inspires me every day.”

Stoyak is an ELA teacher and cheer coach and has 18 years of education experience. She’s been in Tomball ISD since 2004 and became a part of Grand Lakes in its first year.

“It is a complete honor to represent the TISD Secondary schools as the Teacher of the Year for the district,” Stoyak said. “This award is proof that loving children on the social and emotional level daily is paramount to their learning and success.”

-From the Tomball ISD website

Campuses earn model school distinction

Grand Oaks Elementary, Creekside Forest Elementary and Timber Creek Elementary of Tomball ISD earned Great Expectations Model School distinction for the first time, the district announced on its website.

The three Tomball ISD campuses joined eight others from around the district who also earned the distinction: Canyon Pointe Elementary, Creekview Elementary, Decker Prairie Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Tomball Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, Willow Creek Elementary and Oakcrest Intermediate.

To earn the model school distinction, campuses are assessed by GE coaches and “were required to have 100% of staff members demonstrating 90% of classroom practices during their on-campus visits.”

“Great Expectations is woven through the culture of every elementary and intermediate school in Tomball ISD,” Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Innovation Lee Wright said. “The culture of respect and academic excellence that GE promotes continues to help solidify our schools and our district as a destination for families.”

-From the Tomball ISD website

Magnolia West names new director of bands

Andrew Hicks of Burnet CISD was named the new Director of Bands at Magnolia West High School, Magnolia ISD announced on the district website.

Hicks previously served as director of bands for the past two years at Burnet CISD and before that served as associate band director at Willis High for seven years. He also taught in Indianapolis and was a Marine musician and trumpeter in the US Marine Corps.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to step in and lead the amazing students at Magnolia West High School as the new Director of Bands,” Hicks said. This is a great community filled with supportive parents and is led by an incredible administrative team.”

Hicks has experienced success with many marching bands: UIL Area Champions in Class 4A and 5A in 2019 and 2020 and UIL State Marching Championships Bronze Medal in 2020. He is a Ball State University alumni and Marine Corps Honor Graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va.

He is a member of the Texas Jazz Educators Association and won for overall outstanding ensembles at the Sam Houston State Bill Watrous Jazz Festival in 2018 and 2019 and the University of Houston Jazz Festival in 2018 and 2019.

“I believe that we will work diligently as a community of students, directors, administrators, and parents to take the Magnolia West band program to the next level of growth and success,” Hicks said.

-From the Magnolia ISD website

Teacher named PAEMST state finalist

Sixth grade science teacher Shatara White of Tomball Intermediate was named a state finalist for the 2022 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Award, Tomball ISD announced on its website.

White is one of three Texas PAEMST state finalists. She is the fourth science teacher from Tomball ISD to be recognized for the award in the past five years. PAEMST is administered by the National Science Foundation.

“Ms. White has demonstrated leadership on our campus this year by leading her team to success and building great relationships with parents and students,” Tomball Intermediate School Principal Samora Davis said. “Ms. White should be recognized for her efforts by her as a science teacher because she pushes students to think critically and take ownership of their own learning.

According to PAEMST, the awards are the “highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching.”

Joining White as Texas PAEMST state finalists are Denise Carvin of Radiant STEM Academy in Irving and Cheri Palmer of iUniversity Prep in Grapevine in Colleyville ISD.

“Shatara is an amazing teacher and is so worthy of this honor,” Tomball ISD Director of Science Jennifer Adams said. “She is dedicated to each and every one of her students and is always seeking out new and inventive ways to help them to succeed. Working with her team from her, she leads by example, always giving 110% to make sure that not only her student’s needs from her are met, but her team members from her as well. I am so proud to have Shatara as a member of the Tomball ISD science team.”

-From the Tomball ISD website

Magnolia ISD hosts first Battle of the Books

The Rapid Readers from Nichols Sawmill Elementary School won Magnolia ISD’s inaugural Battle of the Books Tournament on May 4 at the Magnolia Event Center, the district announced in a news release.

More than 100 elementary and middle school students in grades 3-8 participated in Battle of the Books clubs throughout the district. The top teams made of 36 contestants from Bear Branch, Magnolia and Nichols Sawmill elementaries competed at the tournament.

The Jersey Boys from Bear Branch placed second and the Black Knights from Nichols Sawmill came in third.

“Battle of the Books is a program that encourages students to read a variety of books by children’s authors that include several genres which keep students engaged in their reading,” Bear Branch Elementary librarian Heather Cowham.

-From the Magnolia ISD website

Students sign letters of intent

Fourteen student-athletes from Tomball High School signed their National Letters of Intent during the school’s Spring signing Day event on campus, Tomball ISD announced.

The following students signed: Derrick Taylor-Waldorf University, Andrew Wint-University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Andrew Wittnebert-University of Mary Hardin Baylor, football; Jordan Hairell-University of Saint Mary’s, volleyball; Mason Reyes-Southwestern University, baseball; Shanna Sandoval-McLennan Community College, girls golf; Allison Dougherty-Penn State, Callen Nash-Colorado School of the Mines, Makayla Plummer-Southern Arkansas University, girls track & field and cross country; Paula Ruiz Ron-Onley Central College, girls basketball; Morgan Alexi Greensage-Baylor University, girls soccer; and Wyatt Lehmann-Sam Houston State University, Bryan Mileski-Sam Houston State University, Jacob Zimmerman-Sam Houston State University, boys track & field and cross country.

Back in February, 22 students signed their national letters of intent to keep playing sports at the next level.

-From the Tomball ISD website

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