My name is Bobby Riley and I am the new principal at Burlington’s Alternative Education Programs. I was at the Integrated Arts Academy (psyched to see some old IAA friends in these programs) for 17 years as the librarian then as principal for the last 8.
I am excited to be part of the learning and growth in these schools. My goal as your leader, is to make these schools a place you are proud to attend, and assist you in meeting your goals, whatever they may be. I look forward to learning from you about OnTop & Horizons; what is great, what can improve and how they can best meet your social, emotional and academic needs.
I am a native of Burlington. I went to Flynn, Hunt and then BHS. I have lived here most of my life, minus about 9 years for some stints in North Carolina and Connecticut.
I love music (of all kinds), play a couple instruments (although I’m kind of a hack), I read a ton, enjoy cooking (vegan) and am passionate about athletics (basketball is life). So you’ll usually find me with a guitar, book or basketball in my hand. I have coached at the high school level, but currently am coaching my youngest daughter’s AAU, Parks and Minimetro teams.
I have been married to Aly, a special educator at Edmunds Elementary, for 13 years. I have three children, Haedyn, 21 (a Horizons graduate!), Holden, 19 (a UVM Freshman) and Maya, 11 (getting reading to start middle school at Hunt).
Not sure if most people find this fact interesting or crazy, but I am a vegan. That means I don’t eat any animal products. I don’t hold that against anyone that does. I actually think a grilled burger, roasted chicken or BBQ ribs smells great, I just don’t want to eat them. So if you are adventurous and want to try some of my nutty recipes, I’m always willing to share and cook for others.
I am totally stoked for this new adventure and can’t wait to work with you.