Niesa Glenewinkel Named Principal of Grand Oaks Elementary

TOMBALL - Niesa Glenewinkel has been named the new Principal at Grand Oaks Elementary, the district’s 11th elementary school set to open in August 2020.

Glenewinkel is a Tomball ISD veteran with 19 years in education having served the Tomball ISD in a variety of roles since 1992. 

During her career, she has been a Principal for 10 years at two TISD schools, including her current role as Principal at Creekview Elementary since 2017. Along with leading a campus, Glenewinkel brings extensive experience as a program specialist and teacher.

What’s intriguing about opening a new school? Why were you interested?
“As a longtime resident and educator in Tomball ISD, I have witnessed our district grow from six campuses to 21!  Our traditions, values, vision and commitment to continuous improvement make us a Destination District. The opportunity to continue our legacy as a district while creating the future is most intriguing.  As a Principal, the most important task with which we are charged is hiring great teachers. Opening Grand Oaks Elementary gives me the opportunity to build a great staff for our students and families. In Tomball, we are blessed to work with the best teachers and staff.  It is exciting to create a new team and collaborate to create a mission, vision, values and goals for our school community.”

What can this community expect from you as a leader and the culture you will bring to a new school?
“Our community can expect me to work hard, listen, be positive and collaborate.  Schools should be the organization in our communities of which our members are most proud.  When we work together to understand each other’s perspectives, create strong relationships and set goals around learning for every student, schools experience success.”

“My goal is to build a kind, inclusive culture of collaboration and celebration. I envision for Grand Oaks Elementary a culture in which our staff, parents and community members collaborate to design and support clear, challenging, meaningful learning outcomes for all students.” 

What’s special about working in Tomball ISD?
“The people.  Our amazingly supportive TISD families, community members, business partners and our team (#TEAMTOMBALL) of kind, talented, dedicated educators who selflessly serve our community and work hard to impact our children in a positive, meaningful way, make Tomball ISD such a special place to work.  I am blessed every day to live and work in Tomball.”

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 18,000 students at 20 campuses.