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March 19, 2012

Gov. Shumlin Appoints Edmunds Middle School Principal Johnson-Aten to State Board

Gov. Peter Shumlin today named Bonnie Johnson-Aten, principal at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington since 2006, to the State Board of Education, joining the 10 member board on March 20. Johnson-Aten, who lives in Montpelier, replaces Fayneese Miller of South Burlington, whose term on the board expired in February.

“Bonnie has years of on-the-ground experience in Vermont’s public school system, working with students from rural communities like Calais and East Montpelier, and currently in the Burlington district,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said. “I’m pleased she has agreed to serve. Bonnie will bring a common-sense perspective to the board on the educational issues facing our schools.”

“I am very excited about having Bonnie Johnson-Aten join the State Board of Education,” said Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Her extensive experience in education and perspective as a practitioner will serve us well.”

She has previously worked as House Director at Champlain Valley High School, and Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at U-32 in Washington County. In addition, Johnson-Aten was Policy Analyst for former Gov. Howard Dean, and Diversity-Equity Coordinator for the Burlington School District. She received her Masters in Education from Union Institute & University at Vermont College in Montpelier.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve at the state level. I believe that with the number of complex educational changes taking place, it is really smart of the Governor to appoint someone who is a practicing educator. I'm honored,” Johnson-Aten said.

More information about the State Board can be found at

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: March 19, 2012 10:18:03