Tunink most recently served the past four years as Band Director at Aguirre Junior High and is an 11-year veteran of the district. She replaces Ken Wright, who retired in January.
Tunink began her teaching career in 2001 as Band Director at Tarkington High School. She arrived in Channelview in 2006 to serve as Assistant Band Director at Channelview High School. She then moved to Alice Johnson Junior High as Band Director before heading to Aguirre when it opened in 2012.
At each of the campuses where Tunink has served, she has mentored to band, choir and art teachers. In addition, she was a member of the leadership team at Aguirre and served as electives department chair.
“I want all of our programs to continue to expand upon the growth they have already achieved,” Tunink said. “All of our Fine Arts teachers are dedicated and passionate. That is exactly how it should be. Strong leaders know how to build strong programs. They are dedicated and passionate about making their students successful.”
Tunink has recently been traveling to campuses throughout the district getting to know her staff and gather information about their needs.
“We are looking at where we have been, where we are now and looking ahead to what our vision is for the future,” she said. “Then, we can start moving forward together to continue the many excellent traditions in place and start new ones to propel the Fine Arts program to even greater heights.”
While Tunink has started her new duties, she is also pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership at Lamar University. She received her Bachelors Degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) in May 2001 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She graduated from Huffman Hargrave High School in 1997.
Tunink thanked district officials for the opportunity to serve in her new position.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and excitement of being able to work at the district level to encourage, support and be an advocate for our Fine Arts programs,” she said.