Dr. Kelly Marchiando Named New Tomball Star Academy Principal

TOMBALL - Dr. Kelly Marchiando has been named the new Principal of Tomball Star Academy, announced by Tomball ISD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora. 

She will transition into this role very soon, replacing Kim McKinney, who recently accepted the Principal position of Grand Lakes Junior High, which is set to open in August 2021.

“Post-secondary readiness is so important for high schoolers regardless of the path they choose,” Marchiando said. “Knowing that I will be partnering with students and parents of Tomball Star Academy as well as Lone Star College-Tomball to not only prepare students for life after high school, but support them in the pursuit of their post-secondary goals, is super exciting.” 

Dr. Marchiando joins Tomball ISD with over 14 years of invaluable experience in education, having served as a classroom teacher, a gifted and talented coordinator and a campus administrator. She comes directly from Conroe ISD where she served that district most recently as the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at The Woodlands High School. 

Prior to her most recent role in Conroe ISD, Dr. Marchiando served as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator in Humble ISD during two different stints (2015-16, 2013-14). Between the two, she was the Assistant Principal at the Conroe 9th Grade Campus in Conroe ISD (2014-15). 

Dr. Marchiando spent the previous seven years in Humble ISD as a campus administrator, specifically as an Assistant Principal at both Summer Creek High School (2009-12) and Kingwood High School (2012-13). 

She not only brings with her seven years of leadership experience at the secondary level, but seven years of experience as a classroom teacher at the middle school level. 

“I love that education provides ALL students with opportunity,” Marchiando said. “Whether a student is seeking a career path that requires a certificate/license, a college degree, or military service opportunity, education prepares students for each of these pathways.”

Her education career began back in 2002 as a 7th grade ELA teacher at Dulles Middle School in Sugar Land before joining Humble ISD in 2004 where she served as an 8th grade RELA GT teacher at Creekwood Middle School until 2009. 

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Doctorate of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston. 

Tomball Star Academy is in its fourth year of existence and thriving on all levels and will celebrate its first-ever graduating class in May 2021.

When asked what the TSA school community can expect from her as their new leader, Dr. Marchiando immediately reflected on leading ALL students.

“The TSA community can expect a leader who is full of passion and commitment, a leader whose goal is to partner with students, parents, and Lonestar College-Tomball to lead ALL students to success and a leader who cares about the WHOLE child and who will provide academic, social, and emotional support to all students as they pursue their goals.”

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 18,500 students at 21 campuses.