Aresta Johnson has over 23 years of educational experience and is an experienced K-12 school and central office administrator with an extensive background in curriculum development, strategic planning, budget development, and district-wide culture and climate. As Superintendent of the 21,000 student Bridgeport Public School district in Bridgeport, CT the graduation rate has increased by seven percentage points, an increase of minority hires as reflected by forty-eight percent of new hires joining the school district, and the district’s report card reflected an overall improvement. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences with topics of focus on STEM, Cultural Competency, and College/Career Readiness.
Dr. Johnson also serves as an adjunct faculty member, enjoys volunteering in the community and is a member of several civic organizations, and is also an active member on the Board of Directors for the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, The Bridgeport Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, the United Way of Fairfield County, and The Workplace, Inc. She is the author of S.T.E.M. in Single Gender Classrooms and has presented at local, state, and national conferences with topics related to STEM, Cultural Competency, and College/Career Readiness. Dr. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina; Master of Science degree in Secondary Education; a Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Administration from the University of Bridgeport; and the Superintendent Certification from the University of Connecticut.