Leander ISD’s newest elementary school now has a principal.

Christy Hilbun will open Nancy Tarvin Elementary as its first campus leader. The LISD Board of Trustees approved the recommendation during Thursday night’s meeting. 

“Christy is a proven leader in our district who is focused on ensuring each and every student connects and engages in their learning,” Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. said. “Her knowledge and expertise in instructional practices and her collaborative approach to leadership will be foundational in building a culture of excellence at Tarvin Elementary. We are confident Christy will honor the legacy of Nancy Tarvin as the principal of Tarvin Elementary.”

Hilbun comes to Tarvin Elementary School after leading Bagdad Elementary as principal for the past four years. She joined the district in 2004 as a kindergarten teacher at Giddens Elementary. After spending several years as an instructional coach at Reagan Elementary, she became an assistant principal at Whitestone Elementary.

Hilbun brings a wealth of administrative and leadership experience in LISD, including leadership on the Magnet Design Team, the Empowering Learners mLISD Steering Committee, and as a facilitator of the Continuous Improvement Institute.    

“I am honored to be named principal of Nancy Tarvin Elementary School and look forward to partnering with the staff, students and community to create a positive and collaborative environment where each and every student excels,” Hilbun said.

Hilbun received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She earned her master’s degree in Education Leadership from Lamar University.

Slated to open in 2021, Nancy Tarvin Elementary School is located near the Palmera Ridge subdivision off Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Leander. The district is actively going through the process of attendance zoning for Tarvin as well as another elementary school scheduled for completion in 2022.   


The Board named Elementary School 28 after longtime district administrator Nancy Tarvin. Tarvin was the executive director of elementary curriculum for the district. After 25 years of service in LISD, she retired in 2016. She is credited with helping develop the Leander Way, redesigning elementary schools and influencing the district’s culture of excellence.