The Tomball Independent School District Board of Trustees announced Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora as the lone finalist for the District’s superintendent position. Salazar-Zamora is the current chief academic officer for Tomball ISD.
The announcement was made after the Board of Trustees conducted a thorough search. They narrowed down a field of 29 applicants to make the final decision.
“Dr. Salazar-Zamora has wonderful credentials and she has proven herself to be a strong leader since joining Tomball ISD,” Board President Kathy Handler said. “We have been happy with the progress and direction of the district. As a Board, we decided that we want to continue with her vision and leadership.”
According to state guidelines for hiring a superintendent, the Board is required to give public notice of the name of the lone finalist being considered for a superintendent position at least 21 days prior to finalizing the decision.
“I am so excited and grateful to this Board for giving me this wonderful opportunity,” Salazar-Zamora said. “It’s my professional dream come true.”
Salazar-Zamora has worked in education for 30 years. She joined Tomball nearly three years ago as the chief academic officer. During the past three decades, Salazar-Zamora held various leadership positions including serving four years as the superintendent of schools in Kingsville ISD. Prior to becoming superintendent, she also worked in Kingsville as a speech/language pathologist, an educational diagnostician, and an assistant superintendent. She has also served in leadership positions in Round Rock, Houston, and Spring ISDs as well as Bishop CISD. She began her education career as a teacher in Alice ISD.
The Board selected the District’s next leader after Superintendent Huey Kinchen announced that he plans to retire on March 31. Kinchen explained he was ecstatic about the Board’s decision. “She’s the right person for the job. She’s a good fit and she knows the district. She’s done a lot of great things since she’s been here, and she understands our needs as we continue moving forward,” Kinchen said. “I think it’s so important that she has been intimately involved in all aspects of the district. I am confident that we will continue to get better and better.”
Kinchen plans to remain in the Tomball community and looks forward to working with Salazar-Zamora as she transitions into her new role.
Following the 21-day waiting period, the Board plans to hire Salazar-Zamora in March. “I think she has already shown that she excels in developing initiatives that are good for students,” Handler stated. “I feel there will be other initiatives that she will bring to our district that will be beneficial to the future of Tomball ISD.”