TES’ Chad Schmidt Named 2018-19 Elementary Principal of the Year

“It’s an incredible honor in just my second year in the district to be recognized by my peers. There are so many people who are worthy that I look up to, admire and respect in this district and in leadership roles. It is humbling and incredible to be recognized in this way,” Schmidt said.

His commitment to education and putting students first has allowed him to excel at TES in just two years. His vision of excellence stems from his experiences as an educator at many different levels.

"Chad Schmidt leads his campus with a balance of high expectations coupled with a culture of support. He maintains positive relationships with his staff, students and parents," Dr. Valerie Petrzelka, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools said.

“The greatest thing about being Principal at Tomball Elementary is the fact you get to interact with the kids each and every day. We have the best families and the best kids. They want to do their best, they want to learn and they want to be a positive influence in the adults’ lives as much as we want to be positive influences in their lives,” Schmidt said.

“Reaching Every Child, Every Day” is the Tomball Elementary vision and Schmidt leads the way in implementing that each day for his students on campus.

“The best part of my job is opening the car doors in the morning and saying, ‘Good Morning’, getting those hugs and high fives when walking the hallways, and having the kids say, ‘Hey! Guess what I did?’ or telling me what they did in class that day or having them ask me to read with them. That is the best part of my job.”

With more than 20 years of elementary education experience, Schmidt brings a wealth of knowledge that has contributed to the successes at Tomball Elementary. He has built a community within TES that exemplifies support and represents a family-like environment.

“It’s the best job in the world. It is not always the easiest job in the world but it is the best job. It’s home and it’s family. As we support our families, we are a family and it is a blessing to walk through the doors every day,” Schmidt said.

When asked what initially interested him the most in being the Principal at TES, Schmidt didn’t hesitate one minute when describing what this community means to him.

“Learning is possible here at TES. We are fortunate to have a close-knit community that appreciates and supports the school system and that wants the best for our students. It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Schmidt recalls.

He came to Tomball ISD to lead Tomball Elementary and within a short time, he has earned the honor of Principal of the Year. When asked what makes working in Tomball ISD so special, Schmidt was all smiles.

“Tomball ISD is one in a million. It really is. You have support from the highest levels. You have opportunity to make a difference in the ways you know you can. It’s the only place I’ve ever worked in which the students drive what happens. We meet the students’ needs both socially, emotionally and academically and you don’t find that everywhere. It takes a lot of trust but knowing you are being trusted that way, is very motivating, encouraging and demands my best.”