TOMBALL - Tomball ISD celebrated the success of the 2020-21 school year by honoring the best-of-the-best in the classroom and those who play an integral role on a campus and at the district level by naming its Teachers and Paraprofessionals of the Year.
2020-21 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Elementary Teacher of the Year: Amy Rauscher
Creekview Elementary | 4th Grade, ELA and Social Studies
Amy Rauscher has been in Tomball ISD and at CES since 2015. She’s been teaching for 13 years, spending the first seven years in a neighboring district.
Why education? What makes your job so special?
“I chose to be a teacher because I feel that it was what I was made to do! I have always loved working with children, and I feel that it is my calling in life. My job is special because I get to work with children every day. I have the great honor of getting to know my fourth graders and getting to help shape who they will become!”
Why Tomball ISD?
“Tomball ISD is a wonderful place to work! I am continually impressed with the people that I work with in Tomball. They are the most professional I have encountered in this job. In Tomball, teachers and staff are committed to an incredibly high level of excellence. I expect a lot from myself, and it’s so wonderful to get to work with people in Tomball who also hold themselves to such a high standard.”
What does it mean to be named Elementary Teacher of the Year?
“This is an incredible honor! Given that Tomball ISD is full of high-performing educators, I am blown away to be recognized as the Elementary Teacher of the Year. During such a challenging time in our profession, I am grateful to have been given this recognition!”
CES Principal, Dr. Bianca Shaugnessy, on Amy Rauscher...
"Mrs. Rauscher’s authentic and caring personality can be felt the minute you meet her. She has a vast amount of knowledge on how to best meet the needs of all students socially, emotionally, and academically. Anytime we ask her to share her expertise with the campus, she willingly does and it exceeds our expectations. She is remarkable and we are blessed to have her at Creekview!"
Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Dr. Valerie Petrzelka, on Amy Rauscher...
“Amy Rauscher encourages student engagement, collaboration and excitement in her classroom. It is evident that her students enjoy learning!”
Secondary Teacher of the Year: Kelly Riley
Tomball Star Academy | 9th Grade, College Readiness and Speech
Kelly Riley has worked in education since 1999. She began at Tomball High School where she taught English and Communication Applications for two years before transitioning to teach as a speech adjunct faculty member at Lone Star College-Tomball. She then returned to THS in 2016 to teach English. Since 2017, she has been teaching dual credit college readiness and dual credit public speaking at TSA.
Why education? What makes your job so special?
“I love learning, and as a teacher, my goal is to provide educational opportunities that encourage my students to get curious and want to learn, too. I work with an amazing team of educators who collaborate and provide support.”
Why Tomball ISD?
“I love this community, and it makes sense to work in Tomball ISD because I want to give back to the community in which I live and raise my children. Tomball ISD cares about our students, and I get to witness this daily.”
What does it mean to be named Secondary Teacher of the Year?
“I work with many qualified and competent teachers, and I am proud to represent our district as Secondary Teacher of the Year. I believe in the work that we are doing here. We strive every day to create a positive learning environment that can help children excel and grow.”
TSA Principal, Dr. Kelly Marchiando, on Kelly Riley...
"Kelly Riley is a teacher who truly understands that developing positive relationships with students lays the foundation for their success in the classroom. She takes the time to get to know each student, she leads with a servant heart, and she exudes what we value here at Tomball Star Academy and in Tomball ISD. Kelly is always looking for ways to engage students, she encourages them to dig deeper, and she supports them every step of the way. It is a privilege to work alongside her, and we are thankful to have Kelly as part of our TSA family."
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Dr. Mindy Munoz on Kelly Riley...
“Kelly Riley goes above and beyond daily for her students. She is one of those teachers you come across and can immediately feel her magic. She is popular with students, families, and colleagues. Students love Ms. Riley because she is fun, creative, challenging and cares about them as a person. We are honored to have Kelly as part of Team Tomball.”
2020-21 PARAPROFESSIONALS OF THE YEAR
Campus Paraprofessional of the Year: Blanca Garza
Northpointe Intermediate | Administrative Assistant to Principal
25 years in Tomball ISD
Blanca began her career in Tomball ISD at TIS as an ESL para. She then joined NIS when it opened as an ESL/Bilingual para. Blanca was then promoted to receptionist, where she created a warm and caring atmosphere in our front office that still continues today. After four years as receptionist, Blanca became the administrative assistant to the Principal.
NIS Principal, Darrell McReynolds on Blanca Garza...
“The NIS staff including myself are endeared to her kind heart, exemplary work ethic, love of people, and the motherly way she takes care of this staff and students at this campus. She is one of the key reasons NIS continues to be an Exemplary Campus. We are blessed to have her at NIS.”
Central Office Paraprofessional of the Year: Janice Tadlock
Central Office | Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
30+ years in Tomball ISD
Janice began her career in Tomball ISD in 1989 and has been an integral part of two campuses and Central Office ever since. She started at Decker Prairie Elementary and worked there for five years in the workroom before spending the next five years at Tomball Junior High, as its administrative assistant to the Assistant Principal and attendance secretary. Following that, she moved over to Central Office and has been at the district-level for over 20 years now, beginning in Curriculum and Instruction. Janice took over as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent four years ago and has recently assumed the role as Board Secretary as well.
Superintendent Dr. Salazar-Zamora on Janice Tadlock...
“Janice exemplifies Team Tomball in every way and every day. She always goes above and beyond for the benefit of the students of our district.”
ABOUT TOMBALL ISD
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 19,000 students at 21 campuses.