Hazen teacher is named outstanding employee

May 3, 2012

By Staff

Hazen High School teacher Sena Camarata was honored by the Renton School Board on March 28 as a recipient of the district’s Outstanding Employee Awards in the Outstanding Secondary Teacher category.

“She is a highly-motivated, passionate teacher who works hard to ensure the success of students,” said Randy Matheson, executive director of community relations for the district. “She connects with students through wit and charisma, engaging them in lessons and creating an atmosphere in which students are eager to attend class.”

Camarata serves as a district mentor teacher, as a member of several school committees and provides ongoing training for teachers at Hazen.

The board has presented the awards for more than 30 years to recognize staff members who demonstrate an extraordinary level of job performance, support of students, professionalism and dedication.

Board members joined family members, coworkers and others in honoring recipients of this year’s awards. Guests came to offer personal anecdotes and professional praise for the staff members.

Nearly 20 district staff members were nominated for this year’s awards in the four categories: Outstanding Elementary Teacher, Outstanding Secondary Teacher, Outstanding Building Support Person and Outstanding District Support Person.

A selection committee — consisting of school board members, last year’s award winners and others — evaluated each nominee based on information presented on applications and accompanying letters of support.

Camarata earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Washington University, a teaching certificate from Pacific Lutheran University and a professional certificate from Seattle Pacific University. She was recently accepted into the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.

She is a product of the Renton School District, having attended Maplewood Heights Elementary and Dimmitt Middle schools and Hazen, where she met her future husband Tim.

Other nominees for this year’s awards from Newcastle-area schools include Hazen’s Shari Fultz, Hazelwood Elementary School’s Mary Nassif and McKnight Middle School’s Suzi Bradford.

Fultz, Nassif and Bradford were nominated in the Outstanding Building Support Person category.

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