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Tough Elementary

Coulson Tough

Our Vision
To be globally recognized as a professional learning community that provides excellence in academic, cultural and character education and prepares K-6 students to be positive leaders in a 21st century world.

Our Mission
Guaranteed exceptional learning and growth for all students.

Our Motto
Learn. Grow. Excel.

About Coulson Tough

Coulson ToughCoulson Tough was born December 7, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were immigrants from Glasgow Scotland following the end of WW1, in which his father had served. While Coulson was in high school, Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941. In 1944, at the age of 17, Coulson enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Upon returning home, Coulson enrolled in the University of Michigan College of Architecture, graduating in 1951, met and married his beautiful wife, Colleen Bohn. Coulson Tough was recruited and hired by the University of Houston as the Vice President of Facilities and Operations. During Coulson’s tenure at the University of Houston, he met a man that also was a visionary with strong leadership and a mission to give back to his community – George Mitchell. George Mitchell hired Coulson Tough and they created the team that would build a city in a forest north of Houston with the enthusiasm of young boys planning to build a treehouse in the woods.

As a visionary, planner, architect, and developer, Coulson did not hesitate to accept the challenge of being part of such a dynamic team of talentedCoulson Tough professionals and began employment with George Mitchell in 1973 as Vice President of Building Development for The Woodlands Development Company. Coulson had an appreciative eye for beauty and reflected his love of art that he brought to the building projects in The Woodlands and outdoor spaces. He is credited with creating the Outdoor Sculptor Project in The Woodlands and researched artists and collected large pieces of art that are displayed throughout The Woodlands for all to enjoy. Coulson Tough has constructed many buildings which stand as monuments to his successful career planning and development including the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Coulson’s last project, at the request of George Mitchell, was the design and construction of the Mitchell Physics Building and the Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Throughout Coulson Tough’s career, he held many elected positions but his greatest recognition is to have a school named after him, Coulson Tough Elementary.