Out of five state finalists and nominees from across the state, Tomball ISD’s superintendent was named 2023 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards on Sept. 29.

What happened

TISD Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora was selected for the honor by a TASB eight-member selection committee, according to a Sept. 29 news release from the association.

“We were all so impressed by Dr. Salazar-Zamora’s unmatched energy, enterprising spirit, and commitment to serving her students and community. She is truly an advocate for her students and for creating opportunities for them to achieve their goals, whatever they may be,” Rolinda Schmidt, a Kerrville ISD trustee and chair for the TASB selection committee, said in TASB’s release.

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Salazar-Zamora is the first TISD superintendent and the first female Hispanic superintendent to win the superintendent of the year honor, according to an Oct. 2 TISD news release.

In her own words

The superintendent of the year winner was announced at TASB and the Texas Association of School Administrators’ convention in Dallas. At the convention, Salazar-Zamora spoke, thanking her family, board, and the TISD community for the nomination, according to the TISD news release.

“It is not an easy time to be in public education today, but together we can and will continue to fight for public education,” Salazar-Zamora said in TISD’s release. “Together we will continue to make the difference that matters.”

The backstory

Salazar-Zamora has served as TISD’s superintendent since 2017 and has worked in education for more than 36 years. Before her time as TISD superintendent, Salazar-Zamora served three years as the district's chief academic officer.

How it started

Before earning a top-5 finalist spot, Salazar-Zamora was interviewed for the TASB superintendent of the year honor by a team of school board members from across Texas.

Salazar-Zamora was named Region 4 Education Service Center Superintendent of the Year in May and chosen from Region 4's service area, which includes eight counties and 48 school districts. She was nominated for the regional award by the TISD board in April.