A native of the Lindenwald community and a graduate of Hamilton’s Badin High School, Hazlett was teacher of the year in Hamilton City Schools in 2002 and earned her first principal’s job at Jefferson Elementary and later moved on to Harrison Elementary. When that school was closed she took over Riverview Elementary where she has been the leader for the last six years.
Hamilton Schools Superintendent Tony Orr described Hazlett as the “the heart of Riverview Elementary.”
“Like a mother who protects her cubs, Mary Anne has been the watchful eye that oversees the children of Riverview. While she has encouraged improved academic performance from her students, Mary Anne has also expected students to exhibit positive, respectful behavior and a sense of caring for one another,” said Orr. “Hamilton will truly miss Mary Anne’s leadership.”
Hazlett reflected on the sweeping changes in the Hamilton Schools during more than three decades of her involvement.
“The most obvious change in Hamilton Schools would be the addition of the brand new elementary buildings that were completed in the past six and seven years,” she said.
“It was sad to see the old buildings go there were so many good memories associated with those buildings in their architecture. However the new buildings are state-of-the-art and have developed a sense of community pride for the new students who get to attend them.”
She said Hamilton’s next generation of education is in good hands.
“As the years go on many of the faces have changed to younger fresher faces. It’s been interesting having new young teachers that are the same age as my own children working with me. I love their dedication and enthusiasm and creativity.”