Camas High School is changing its leadership for the next school year, as several members of the higher administrative team leave for new district positions or retire. Camas School District officially announced Dr. Liza Sejkora will be leading the helm in place of Steve Marshall, outgoing CHS principal.
Excited to lead CHS, Dr. Sejkora comes to Camas from Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. She is ready to help to grow the school, increase community involvement, and work with and for students to continue the great standard of education already present.
Dr. Sejkora is a career educator, spending 14 years in a classroom, and an, “educational leader passionate about providing students with educational opportunities,” according to a Camas School District press release.
Jeff Snell commented on Dr. Sejkora, saying, “What stands out to me is what we learned when we visited Liza’s current high school. The way staff and students talked about her leadership, how she elevates those around her, how she supports people while holding them accountable…”
Valuing the connections between staff, students, and the community, Dr. Sejkora notes she sees herself as, “the lead learner of the school.” She loves spending time in classrooms and interacting with students and the staff, collaborating on curriculum, working to improve teaching methods, and empowering students to excel. “I will be learning the most out of everyone on campus next year,” she says.
Dr. Sejkora chose Camas out of several opportunities because of her contacts in the Portland and Seattle areas and the feeling she got while watching videos and doing research on Camas High School and the district. “When I got out of my car, I just felt something I can’t explain. I got this feeling this is the job. This is the place I want to work. I can’t be more thrilled that I got the job and I’m excited to dive in and start working for students” says Dr. Sejkora.
Dr. Sejkora emphasizes a sense of amazement while visiting the school and a sense of impressiveness while speaking with the students during the interview process.
The student interviewers claimed Dr. Sejkora was the strongest of the four candidates; many of staff members agreed. Brenton Riddle, one of the student interviewers says, “I think she will give a voice to the students. She is very keen on how to bring students together and is knowledgeable about the culture and community.”
Dr. Sejkora plans primarily to learn, going back to being ‘lead learner’. She plans to learn about the school, about the students, the staff, the curriculum, state requirements, and the community as well. “I want people to trust that I am doing what is best for students,” says Dr. Sejkora, “I want them to watch me make decisions based on kids. That doesn’t happen overnight, I have to take the time to get to know everyone.”
When it comes to spirit and promoting the school culture, Dr. Sejkora notes she is a “spirit dork.” Working with student government in Arizona, she tells her ASB students, “I’m going to dress up, so don’t pick a day you don’t want to see me dressed up as!” On a more serious note, she emphasized spirit days importance in building community, “Everyone can dress up for them; I also love competition, we can have fun with it, maybe have things where periods compete for most spirited.”
Dr. Sejkora earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in curriculum and instruction: secondary education, and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision, all from Arizona State University. Her dissertation, “Student Interactions in Edmodo Versus Facebook,” researched how students interact in their digital environments.
Dr. Sejkora hopes to merge the use of technology in curriculum, especially as students 3-12 will be 1:World next year, each student having a Chromebook. Grades 6-12 will have Chromebooks checked out to them specifically while 3-5 will have enough Chromebook carts to supply each child with one in class.
Dr. Sejkora will move to Washington with her husband, Heath, and her two sons, ages 16 and 12. Ready to enjoy the outdoors hiking, camping, and exploring with new rain gear, Dr. Sejkora can’t wait to start working.
Camas is excited to welcome Dr. Liza Sejkora to CHS next year!