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Tomball Independent School District


Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora
Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora has served as an educator in Texas for over 35 years and as the Superintendent of Schools in Tomball ISD since 2017. She is a trailblazer and is the first female Superintendent of TISD and the first Hispanic Superintendent of Tomball ISD. 
Prior to being named Superintendent, she worked as the district’s Chief Academic Officer for three years.
As the Team Tomball leader, Salazar-Zamora has elevated Tomball ISD into a consistent Straight A-rated school district and most recently as the Top Rated School District in both Harris and Montgomery counties. She not only leads a fast-growth district, but has maintained a standard of excellence in academics and finances while still fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.
Tomball ISD continues to set the bar high with innovative ideas, led by Salazar-Zamora’s creative and strategic thinking. Salazar-Zamora wrapped up the last of several major Bond 2017 projects which included the opening of the district’s state-of-the-art football stadium and Grand Lakes Junior High. She led Tomball ISD in the purchasing of the former headquarters of BJ Services and quickly turned it into Tomball ISD Innovation Center, which will provide a location for Tomball Star Academy, a new elementary school and the future home of new and innovative CTE programs to name a few. 
Also under Salazar-Zamora’s leadership, Tomball ISD was successful in passing $494.5 million across two propositions in the Bond 2021 package.
Since 2017, Salazar-Zamora has led the opening of Tomball Star Academy, the district’s early college high school, the Two-Way Dual Language Academy, along with a new elementary, new junior high and new state-of-the-art district stadium and event center.
Along with leading nearly 22,000 students and over 3,000 employees district-wide, Dr. Salazar-Zamora remains committed to the growth of public education and the impact it plays in our local community by serving her time on numerous boards.
  • Vice President of Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)
  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA) - Current Executive Committee Member and Former Governing Board Member
  • Vice President of State Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC)
  • Past President and Founding Member of Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS)
  • Vice President of The Council of Women School Executives (TCWSE)
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner’s Cabinet
  • Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Tomball Board of Trustees
  • Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees
She brings a wealth of experience in education. Before joining Tomball, Salazar-Zamora served in Round Rock ISD as the deputy superintendent of curriculum and administration. Prior to working in Round Rock, Salazar-Zamora was the assistant superintendent of school support services in Houston ISD. She also worked in Spring ISD as an area superintendent, an assistant superintendent, and the executive director of student/school services.
While serving Kingsville ISD, she worked as the superintendent of schools for three years. Prior to becoming superintendent, she also worked in Kingsville as an assistant superintendent for curriculum/instruction and human resources, as well as a speech/language pathologist. While working in Bishop Consolidated ISD, she served as a principal and director of federal programs/special education. Salazar-Zamora began her education career in Alice ISD as a teacher, educational diagnostician, and speech and language pathologist.
Dr. Salazar-Zamora earned a doctorate of education at Texas A&M University, a master of education in educational administration and a master of education in special education at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and a bachelor of science at Texas A&I University. 
She also enjoys spending quality time with her husband Emilio, their two daughters, Milan and Matisse, and newest granddaughter, Arya Rose.
Dr. Z at GLJHS
Dr. Z at TISD Stadium
Dr. Z at Chamber Luncheon
Dr. Z Patriotic Game Coin Toss at Kyle Field
Dr. Z at AEIB Podcast with BJ Services
Dr. Z in classroom
Dr. Z ribbon cutting at THS Ag Barn
Dr. Z presenting at Modle PLC for OIS
Dr. Z graduation Class of 2020