Winston Barrington Johnson: Honoring 35+ Years of Advocacy

AFSA loves to showcase our members making great achievements. AFSA is honoring a deserving member of our organization, Winston Barrington Johnson, a member of Hartford Principals’ and Supervisors’ Association (HPSA), AFSA Local 22. After serving as a tireless advocate and supporter of students for many years, Johnson is retiring from his director of prevention services position in Hartford Public Schools (HPS), a challenging role to fulfill in an urban school district like Hartford, where students often are exposed to violence and death.

“Winston is always the first on the scene, to soothe troubled hearts….and he does so graciously and generously. It will be difficult to replace Winston and I ‘feel’ for the next director who is hired to fill Winston’s shoes,” said Sandra Inga, HPSA president and AFSA general vice president.

Prior to his position of supervising more than 60 social workers districtwide, Johnson worked as a social worker himself for HPS for more than 35 years. He also taught as an adjunct professor at the Springfield College School of Social Work and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Throughout his career, he has made invaluable contributions to his community. Some of Johnson’s achievements include being recognized as city leader for 100 Men of Color in 2014, Hartford Public Schools Employee of the Month in 2006, being named Social Worker of the Year in 2003 by the Connecticut Association of School Social Workers, and recognition of his contributions to the community by CATCH-Committed Adults to Children of Hartford.

We applaud the extraordinary contribution to, and impact on, Hartford Public Schools, communities and students by this dedicated AFSA member over the years. AFSA could not be more thankful and proud of Johnson’s hard work and dedication, and wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.