Tara Bailey Named New Timber Creek Elementary Principal

TOMBALL - Tomball ISD is excited to announce Tara Bailey as the new Principal of Timber Creek Elementary. She will replace Lauren Thompson, who has accepted a promotional opportunity as Tomball ISD’s new Elementary Director of ELA and Social Studies.

Bailey joins Tomball ISD with over 20 years of experience in education, 14 years of experience as a campus administrator and has spent the last 11 years as a campus principal at Tuscany Heights Elementary in Northeast ISD in San Antonio, Texas.  

“We are excited to welcome Tara Bailey to Team Tomball,” said Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Superintendent of Schools. “She will be joining a school community in Timber Creek Elementary that is passionate and committed to excellence in all ways. We are confident she will make an immediate impact on the students, staff and teachers she leads and we look forward to her joining our team very soon.”

Prior to becoming a Principal, she served two years as Assistant Principal at Stan C. Stanley Elementary (2009-11) and one year as Assistant Principal at Cimarron Elementary (2008-09) both in Katy ISD.

Bailey brings not only campus administrative experience to her role at TCES but has served as an Instructional Coordinator and a classroom teacher at both the elementary and junior high level since she began her professional career back in 2001.

She brings to this leadership position the ability to play an active role in the success, growth and overall well-being of all students and staff. 

Along with her leadership experience, Bailey has led Professional Learning Communities as well as developed and monitored a school-wide Project Based Learning Initiative.  She also understands the importance of a strong community and the value of parent engagement having earned a National PTA Life Achievement Award in 2015 and 2021.

Bailey earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001, a Master of Education from William Carey College in 2003 and her Educational Leadership Certification from the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 2007.

What was intriguing about TCES and joining Tomball ISD as a campus leader? 
“In our adventure to look at north Houston as a new home for our family, I was immediately drawn to Tomball by the intriguing work that you see on the TISD social media. Partnerships, dedicated staff, goals, and most importantly, the Professional Learning Community work happening in their schools. PLCs truly provide a platform for teachers to grow among their teams while planning instructional practices that grow our students. It is an honor to become part of the Tomball ISD Team.”

What is it about education that you love so much? 
“Education has been a passion of mine since I was 8 years old. I remember my dad speaking about the teachers that made him want to go to school and made him feel valued even when mistakes or bad grades happened. He loved them 20 and 30 years later. Therefore, the connections and relationships made are remarkable. They grow you and you grow others. Knowing the impact that you have on the lives of not only students, but also the families that surround them, is a gift.”

What can the TCES school community expect of you as their leader?   
“TCES can expect to have a leader that will treat them as her family. My love for my career extends to the families that make up the school community. I thrive on relationships and connections so that we can be the best that we can be while growing student leaders. I do so by listening, understanding, communicating, relating, and providing honesty. TCES can expect a passionate Principal.”

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 20,500 students at 22 campuses.