Tomball ISD Names Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year; Celebrates Students, Staff at A+ Awards Ceremony

TOMBALL - Tomball ISD celebrated the 2021-2022 school year by recognizing exemplary students, teachers and staff at the 36th Annual A+ Academic Awards Ceremony held at Tomball High School. The District wrapped up the event by announcing Katy Tumlinson from Tomball Elementary as its Elementary Teacher of the Year and Lisa Stoyak from Grand Lakes Junior High as its Secondary Teacher of the Year.



Elementary Teacher of the Year: Katy Tumlinson 

Tomball Elementary | 4th Grade ELA & Social Studies


Katy Tumlinson began her teaching career in Tomball ISD and has served students at Tomball Elementary since 2012.


What makes your job so special?

“As teachers we work so incredibly hard to give students the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful in school as well as life. There is no greater gift than knowing that you have impacted the life of a student, paved a bit of their path to achievement, and empowered them to follow their dreams, confident in their ability to succeed.” 


Why Tomball ISD?

“Tomball ISD is a district that believes in growth and achievement for every student and staff member. From the professional learning opportunities to campus support, every employee of Tomball ISD is relentlessly committed to providing the highest level of educational opportunity for our students through the development of our craft as teachers. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for Tomball ISD for believing in me and growing me into the educator that I am today.”


What does it mean to be named Elementary Teacher of the Year? 

“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. 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.” 


TES Principal, Chad Schmidt, on Katy Tumlinson...

"Mrs. Tumlinson is an outstanding teacher at Tomball Elementary.  Her class is the model for the balance between high expectations and support. She creates a learning environment that brings the best out in all her learners and allows them to achieve more than they thought they could.”  

Secondary Teacher of the Year: Lisa Stoyak

Grand Lakes Junior High | ELA and Cheer Coach

Lisa Stoyak has served education for 18 years and has been in Tomball ISD since 2004. She joined Grand Lakes Junior High in its first year as a campus.

Why education? What makes your job so special?

“This award actually belongs to the kids, for without them, my job would be worthless. They make the job 💯!” 


Why Tomball ISD?

“I chose Tomball ISD many years ago because I knew this district was going places and I wanted to be a part of that journey of excellence.”


What does it mean to be named Secondary Teacher of the Year? 

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

GLJHS Principal, Dr. Kim McKinney, on Lisa Stoyak...

“Lisa Stoyak is a true champion of all students.  Her guiding qualities that make her one of a kind are her ability to instill knowledge while demonstrating unwavering patience, empathy, and love.  When students enter Mrs. Stoyak’s room, they leave having no doubt that she cares about them as a person and that she wants them to know that they will always have a cheerleader as they navigate school and life.”




Canyon Pointe Elementary

Teachers: Joana Menchaca, Amber Potter

Students: Stella Maconchy (2nd), Aimee Phan (3rd), Zunaira Sakhawat (4th)


Creekside Forest Elementary

Teachers: Cecelia Lummus, Carrie Thorne

Students: Reeva Nevaskar (2nd), Jayden Liu (3rd), Vihaan Shah (4th), Sara Wang (5th)


Creekside Park Junior High 

Teachers: Jennifer Hobbs, Penny Jones

Students: 6th - Sana Kale, Michael Leigh, Harmony Sherstad; 7th - Alex Gao, Ashleigh Gramss, Rohan Julapalli; 8th - Jack Dixon, Eshan Jolly, Kaavya Veligeti


Creekview Elementary

Teachers: Lacie Geiszler, Janaye Ince

Students: Milan Marah (2nd), Brynn Robelia (3rd), Melina Bokis (4th), Emmett Kerim (5th)


Connections Academy

Teacher: JuDee Hancock


Decker Prairie Elementary

Teachers: Ashley Douglas, Cathy Elster

Students: Haley Kaspar (2nd), Micah Ogbunuju (3rd), Caelin Hall (4th)


Early Excellence Academy

Teacher: Michelle Vazquez


Grand Oaks Elementary

Teachers: Sydney Ashton, Lora Glenn

Students: Aadhav Mahadevan (2nd), Lilly Scott (3rd), Aarohee Phatak (4th)


Grand Lakes Junior High

Teachers: Kristi Pearson, Lisa Stoyak

Students: 7th - Emma Guerra, Vivian Nguyen, Aaron Vinoth; 8th - Kayden Gibson, Sydney Morrison, Micah Peterson


Lakewood Elementary

Teachers: Katy Gates, Brian Webber

Students: Juliet Weber (2nd), Levi Jordan (3rd), Natalie Bui (4th)

Northpointe Intermediate

Teachers: John Duran, Nathan Henze

Students: 5th - Grace Ledford, Caylein Magtoto; 6th - Anvika Chevuri, Tyler Pauley


Oakcrest Intermediate

Teachers: Jenna Burrow, Shirley Leach

Students: 5th - Eva Mena Gonzalez, Sahen Tapar; 6th - Madison Sheppard, Richard Vo


Rosehill Elementary

Teachers: Rocio Mercado, Hannah Miller

Students: Kadence Lammers (2nd), Millie Gifford (3rd), Finn McBride (4th)


Timber Creek Elementary

Teachers: Kristi Budd, Meenah Thomas

Students: Ruby Miller (2nd), Sloane Schambach (3rd), Ramya Venkat (4th), Lola Flanagan (5th)


Tomball Elementary

Teachers: Cherri Henry, Katy Tumlinson

Students: Grace Breaux (2nd), Ike Bagoly (3rd), Emma Alleweireldt


Tomball Intermediate 

Teachers: Melissa Janezich + Shatara White

Students: 5th - Dustin Hamilton, Kyle Havelka; 6th - Emma Grostabussiat, Reid Jacob


Tomball High School

Teachers: Greg Boucher, Carla Hergenrather, Diana Martinez, Brandon Mikolajczyk

Students: 9th - Isabella Alvarez, Anand Julapalli, Sri Komarogiri, Ben Prince; 10th - Olivia Dean, Olivia Dittrich, Karly Gershon, Shannon LaRue; 11th - Cecilia Castillo, Pamela Chow, Brynn Johnson, Melissa Ordonez Watt; 12th - Nathaniel Breaux, Arhaan Dhukani, Ami Shah, Eric Shepherd


Tomball Junior High

Teachers: Janie Johnson, Gayla Raulie

Students: 7th - Pierce Bowlin, Claire Murphy, Jonathan Zapata; 8th - Cassandra Brown, Madison Durst, Lucy Shomette


Tomball Memorial High School

Teachers: Sarah Ellison, Jennifer Koster, Janet Stackhouse, Terrance Woods

Students: 9th - Leyton Bammel, Peyton Mueller, Lauren Taylor, Cailyn Wulf; 10th - Gene Chang, Lishore Kumar, Sophie Mejia, Andrew Nguyen; 11th - Ethan Ho, Kai Miller, Bill Sun, Roland Wang; 12th - Haley Kilcoyne, Sara Kate Richard, Tucker Timothy, Jennifer Xu

Tomball Star Academy

Teachers: Gene Ryman, Maggie Torres

Students: 9th - Giselle McLean, Sophia Morin; 10th - Asbah Hamid, Valerie Sandoval; 11th - Linh Nguyen, Nikhil Pasam; 12th - Natalie Halaris, Emily Wiley

Wildwood Elementary

Teachers: Ashley Karr, Shannon Marshall

Students: Sophia Ly (2nd), Aisha Mohammed (3rd), Maryam Hussain (4th)


Willow Creek Elementary

Teachers: Joshua Scott, Cherie Warren

Students: Jackson Bowling (2nd), William Surber (3rd), Bryce Erwin (4th)


Willow Wood Junior High

Teachers: Monika Kennedy, Jim Shaw

Students: 7th - Katelyn Dinh, Thomas Ledford, Claire Montizaan; 8th - Devansh Gupta, Tyler Mury, Hailey Wilcox





Elementary Paraprofessional of the Year: Erolene Reyes

Timber Creek Elementary | Student Support

Secondary Paraprofessional of the Year: Elizabeth Mendez

Grand Lakes Junior High | Administrative Assistant to Principal

Elementary Principal of the Year: Sherri Trammell

Creekside Forest Elementary

Secondary Principal of the Year: Chris Scott

Tomball High School

Elementary ESL Teacher of the Year: Cori Coombs

Timber Creek Elementary

Secondary ESL Teacher of the Year: Rocio Rincon

Tomball Intermediate

Bilingual Teacher of the Year: Araceli Salinas

Oakcrest Intermediate



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 20,500 students at 22 campuses.