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Kent School District No. 415

Director District No. 1

Joseph (Joe) Bento

Joseph (Joe) Bento

917 3RD AVE N

KENT, WA 98032

(206) 588-5401

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Master’s Degree in Education, Nonprofit Management Certificate
Occupation: High School Teacher (Health and Psychology), Renton School District

I believe in the promise of education being an equalizer for all. It was an equalizer for me.  My parents immigrated to the United States with 4th grade educations.  I was the first in my family to graduate from college and am a proud product of public education. My family and I experienced many aspects of the school system including Special Education, language learning, the Arts, athletics, activities, and more. I bring knowledge and understanding of many of the issues the Kent School District community faces.


I am running for Kent School Board Director to continue the important work I started since my appointment in February 2021.  For the last few months, I have worked to prioritize student needs, listen to educators, and center equity in every discussion. If elected, I will continue discussions of racial, social, and economic justice.


Currently, I am a high school teacher. I am also a union leader, social justice advocate, and volunteer in my community.


I hope to continue contributing to the important equity work that has been started in KSD and to make connections with community members, organizations, and businesses to bring them into these important conversations. Thank you for your consideration.

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