Emily Bonilla

Vice Principal
Essex Co Voc Bd of Ed
United States


Emily Bonilla is in her seventh year as Vice Principal at Essex County Donald M. Payne School of Technology. She was named in 2021 by NASSP and NJPSA as New Jersey's Assistant Principal of the Year. She is the district Digital Learning Team Leader and has been an innovator in this space since 2010. Under her leadership, the District was recognized by Sustainable New Jersey a 2021 Digital School Star. Prior to joining the administration team, she was the founding teacher of the district's award-winning film & television CTE program where she was named 2015 District Teacher of the Year and was named a 2016 National Finalist for Superlative Teaching by The New Teacher Project (TNTP). Emily is passionate about all areas of educational technology and pedagogy, specifically amplifying student voice and SEL practices using digital technology tools. Additionally, she is committed to advancing Career & Technical Education and recruitment within the state of NJ; working as an instructor for 10 years for Brookdale College's CTE Alternate Route Program and as an advocate for NJCCVTS in regards to teacher licensing.


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