University of Bridgeport hires Aresta Johnson as Director of K-12 Strategic Initiatives

Aresta Johnson, EdD

Aresta Johnson, EdD, has been hired by the University of Bridgeport as the director of K-12 strategic initiatives within its School of Education. She will begin serving in this newly created role on August 12, 2019.

“I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to supporting President Trombley’s vision for the future of the University of Bridgeport,” Johnson said. “As part of my responsibilities, I will increase the engagement of the University with area schools and assist with curriculum development for teacher preparation.”

Johnson will continue serving in her current position as the superintendent of Bridgeport Public Schools until July 31. From 2005 to 2010, Johnson was the Bridgeport School District’s Director of Science. In this role, she interfaced with the University by collaborating on National Science Foundation sponsored research grants, partnering in teaching conferences, and engaging students through science clubs.

Under her leadership, Johnson said she will work to open doors for students by developing programs with her colleagues and drawing upon her educational expertise within STEM, advanced manufacturing, and computer programming.

“Dr. Johnson is uniquely qualified for this position due to her progressively responsible employment in pre-k through 12 education, her real-world work and degree in the field of science, and her desire to help prepare middle and high school students for success in college,” said Tarek Sobh, executive vice president and dean of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Engineering, Business, and Education.

Sobh added that Johnson’s previous career experience as a pharmaceutical chemist will add value to her work with the University’s longstanding emphasis on STEM education.

Johnson earned her doctorate in Education from UB in 2010. She also has taught at UB’s Waterbury Center as an adjunct faculty member.