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.”