• Welcome to the Vermont Principals’ Association Principal Mentoring webpage.

    Whether you are a new principal, new career and tech center director, new to Vermont education, an aspiring principal mentor or a member of a school community, this site will offer you information about the opportunities to serve as a principal mentor or to work with a certified mentor. The work of serving as a school principal or career and technical center director can be very isolating and at times challenging. Working with a mentor during the first two years of a school leader’s career can provide support, guidance and new learning that can go a long way toward turning challenges into new opportunities.

    We hope you find the information on these pages helpful and would appreciate your comments and feedback about how we might make it even better.


    Vermont Act 20
    When a district hires a principal or technical center director who has not been employed previously in that capacity the superintendent shall ensure that the new principal or director receives mentoring supports during at least the first two years of employment. Effective July 1, 2012.  To view the Vermont title 16 Section 245  please go to http://tinyurl.com/kkad55b
    Why Mentoring Makes Sense
     Principal Standards-What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do
    1. Lead schools in a way that places student and adult learning at the center.
    2. Set high expectations and standards for the academic, social, emotional and physical development of all students.
    3. Demand content and instruction that ensure student achievement of agreed-upon standards.
    4. Create a culture of continuous learning for adults tied to student learning and other school goals.
    5. Manage data and knowledge to inform decisions and measure progress of student, adult and school performance.
    6. Actively engage the community to create a shared responsibility for student performance and development. 

    Implementation Options

    • Hire trained mentors through the Vermont Principals' Association
    • Hire private consultants with mentoring skills  
    • Assign mentors from within the district who the superintendent certifies as having met all the mentor competencies and is able to mentor effectively.

    Trained Mentor Benefits

    • Provide day-to-day coaching and feed back
    • Provide structured learning opportunities
    • Help shape beliefs about change, learning, relationships, and ethical leadership practices
    • Have high standards and expectations for performance
    • Provide support in developing problem solving skills
    • Offer real world leadership experiences 
    • Have knowledge, time and commitment
    • Share research based competencies known to improve student learning
    • Have access to resources and a work of other trained mentors

    NAESP National Mentor Certification Program

    Mentor Competencies
    1. An effective mentor sets high expectations for self-development in high quality professional opportunities.
    2. An effective mentor has knowledge of and utilizes mentoring and coaching best practices.
    3. An effective mentor is active in instructional leadership.
    4. An effective mentor respects confidentiality and a code of ethics in the mentor protege relationship.
    5. An effective mentor contributes to the body of knowledge as it pertains to principal and administrative mentoring.
    6. An effective mentor fosters a culture that promotes formal and informal mentoring relationships.
      VPA Mentoring Contact Information   
     Joe Bowen                 
    Joe Bowen, VPA Mentor Coordinator,  (c)& (t) 802-233-5954, (e) jpboweniii@me.com

    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                 
    Peter M. Evans, VPA Mentor Coordinator, (c) 802-279-4706, (t) 802-485-8347, (e) Petermevans53@gmail.com

    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.

Last Modified on March 1, 2017