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Ex-Kearsarge Principal Named Program Head At Educators Institute

Lebanon — Kevin Johnson, former principal of Kearsarge Regional Elementary School, has joined Upper Valley Educators Institute as associate director for school leadership and masters studies.

Johnson will direct the organization’s Principal Internship Program and serve on the program’s faculty. He will also direct UVEI’s Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education programs.

In a news release last week, Johnson called the position “a new and exciting challenge” and said he has always admired the institute’s approach to educator preparation.

“I worked with many UVEI interns and teachers in my capacity as principal at Kearsarge Elementary,” he said. “They were always committed and well-prepared and among the best educators I’ve worked with in my career as a school principal.”

Outgoing Executive Director Robert Fried said Johnson’s professional experience is well suited for the direction UVEI is taking in preparing educators for today’s schools.

“UVEI is always looking for ways to improve its practice,” Fried said. “We believe that Kevin’s approach, as an effective school leader and as a teacher of educators, will help to move our programs forward.”

Johnson, a New London resident, retired in 2012 after 18 years as school principal. Since then, he has been teaching at Franklin Pierce University Graduate School of Education and at Granite State College.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in social science education, an elementary education certification and a master’s degree in education from Plymouth State College. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from William Howard Taft University and a certificate of advanced graduate study in education from the University of New Hampshire.

— Aimee Caruso