Persell Middle School Principal Named SAANY’s Region 12 Principal of the Year

Persell Middle School Principal, Phil Cammarata, was recently awarded the Bill Grobe Middle School Principal of the Year by the Western NY branch of School Administrators Association of New York (SAANY) . Mr. Cammarata was presented the award, which is in recognition of outstanding performance in educational administration at a SAANY’s Conference in Buffalo for Region 12. Mr. Cammarata is the first principal in Chautauqua County to win this award.

“The staff, students and parents at Persell provided many laudatory comments that I used in my introduction of Phil at the awards ceremony. Not only is his school extremely proud of him, but so are his administrative colleagues, the Board and the District,” said Jamestown Superintendent Tim O. Mains.

“Mr. Cammarata was selected by SAANY for his leadership in the district, his outstanding work ethic, his collaboration with staff, administration and parents, and his ability to set the pace and change the quality of education at the middle school level,” said Una Raimondo, Vice President of SAANY Region 12 and Special Education Supervisor Central Region for Erie 2 BOCES. “It is noteworthy that a Chautauqua County principal was selected. It was evident by the large contingency of Persell staff who attended the awards ceremony that Mr. Cammarata is very highly regarded and deserves this award.”

Mr. Cammarata has served at Persell Middle School for the past 15 years; 12 years as principal and three years as assistant principal. Mr. Cammarata is also the president of the Jamestown Principal’s Association.

At the awards program, Mr. Cammarata could not take credit for his award alone. He dedicated the award to his family and his dedicated staff. In his words, “My staff makes me look great on a daily basis. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such caring, dedicated and talented teachers.”

posted on 07/02/2014 - filed under: Academics, Middle School, Spotlight, Staff