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Trained Mentor Benefits
NAESP National Mentor Certification Program
Joe began his educational career in 1973, as a business teacher in Pennsylvania. He continued as a business teacher, as well as, a social studies teacher in New Hampshire until he moved to Vermont in 1981. For the next thirty-one years he served in various administrative roles, as an associate principal, co-principal, and principal. Ten of his administrative years he served as a principal of a small K-12 school in a high poverty area.
Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Philadelphia University. In 1977 he earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. He completed a program, in 1996, for his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Administration and Planning, from the University of Vermont.
Joe is the co-founder of the Vermont Association for Middle Level Education. He served on the New England League of Middle Schools Board of Directors from 1994 through 2002. Joe served on the Executive Committee of the Vermont Principals’ Association as well as being the Vermont Coordinator to the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Joe was named the Vermont Middle Level Principal-of-the-Year in 1996. In 2004, Joe was named Principal-of-the-Year for a second time, this time at the secondary level.
Joe has been recognized for his work with small schools. He has been an advocate for small schools at both the state and federal levels and has organized conferences for Vermont small schools. Joe has been a presenter at various state, regional, and national conferences which focused on middle grades education. He also presented at state and regional small school conferences where his focus was raising the standards and expanding high-level offerings for students.
Joe is a Nationally Certified Principal Mentor through the NAESP and has served as a principal at every grade level and size school.
Peter M. Evans, a Vermont educator for 35 years, brings a variety of experiences to his work with schools that includes teaching in the elementary, middle and high school settings as well as serving as principal at each level. Peter earned an Ed.D. from the University of Vermont’s College of Education and Social Services in 2007.
Peter is on the faculty at the graduate school of the University of Vermont in Burlington as well as Saint Michaels’ College, Colchester, Vermont where he teaches a variety of classes to aspiring principals.
In addition to this work, Peter has represented Vermont principals on several state-wide projects including the Vermont High School Completion Task force (Act 176) and the Vermont Civic Involvement and Service Learning Advisory. He has served as president of the Vermont Principals’ Association and a delegate to the National Leaders’ conference sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in Washington, DC. He was named Vermont Secondary Principal of the year in 2008.