Governor Phil Scott announced Friday his appointment of Zoie Saunders as Vermonts next education secretary

 Governor Phil Scott announced Friday his appointment of Zoie Saunders as Vermont’s next education secretary.  Currently, Saunders works as the chief strategy and innovation officer for Broward County Public Schools in Florida, the sixth-largest school district in the country. In this role, she is responsible for aligning resources, maximizing facility usage, strengthening partnerships, and enhancing support services for 230 schools serving over 200,000 students. Saunders has led discussions with community stakeholders to develop the goals and criteria for redefining the future of education in the county from an equity lens. “I have always believed that, given our enormous investment and commitment, Vermont is capable of having the best education system in the country, serving students from cradle to career,” said Scott.  “She will be a huge asset as we move forward, and I look forward to working with her and welcoming her and her family to Vermont.” Saunders replaces Interim Secretary Heather Bouchey, who will help with the leadership transition and serve as deputy secretary. “I want to thank Heather for her tremendous work leading the Agency, and for her commitment to our state, its students, educators and communities,” said Scott. “Her energy and passion have made her a valuable member of my Cabinet and she has been a tremendous teammate and leader.”  Saunders will assume the role effective April 15.