Administration

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Mr. Troy Hopkins, Principal/Assistant Superintendent

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I am very fortunate to have served as principal of Ashford School since 2012.

Here is a bit of my background.  I grew up in Rhode Island, attended the University of Connecticut and upon graduation taught at a private, residential school in Connecticut that served students with significant emotional needs.  Next, I spent 14 years teaching science and coaching at Harwich High School, on Cape Cod, MA.  During that time, I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Bridgewater State College and a second Masters in Educational Leadership at Salem State College.  I then moved to Connecticut and served as administrator to students in grades 3 -12, in three Coventry Schools.  Just as I was completing UCONN’s Executive Leadership program, I was hired as principal of Ashford School.

I believe that if we have high expectations for all students, then all of them can learn at high levels. However, the ways through which each student achieves these expectations may be different.  Every person, child and adult, has strengths that should be nurtured and shared with others as we all learn from one another.   I am a strong advocate for the arts, sports, and other learning opportunities, as they enable students to develop into interesting, unique people who gain confidence to take on challenges in other areas.   As a runner and trumpet player, I have personal experience with the importance of these life-enriching activities.

Working with parents and community members has always been a high point in my career.  Parents know their children best and therefore working together is the best way to support their education.   If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like to meet, please do not hesitate to email me at thopkins@ashfordct.org.

photo 1 Mr. Garrett Dukette, Assistant Principal

I am a lifelong Connecticut resident, and I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with my degree  in English and my certification in teaching grades 7-12. I spent my first year of teaching in Windsor, CT, teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts at Sage Park Middle School. During that year I served a diverse population of students and families and developed a strong sense of restorative justice and equity between my students and myself. At the end of that year, I was given a unique opportunity to return to the high school from which I graduated, Bacon Academy, in Colchester, CT, and I jumped at the challenge of teaching with the people who had inspired me to become a teacher. While teaching English in Colchester, I earned my Masters in Arts from the University of Saint Josephs in Curriculum and Instruction and took on the role of director of the Summer School program. In 2013, I decided to pursue my degree in educational leadership, finishing with my administrative certification from Central Connecticut State University in the spring of 2015.

Since 2015, I have served as the Assistant Principal of Ashford School. During that time, we have worked hard as a staff to continually improve our school, refining our PBIS structures and our curriculum, and leading the way for other schools in the state of Connecticut. Since 2015, we have worked hard to:

  • Implement restorative practices as a school– with a focus on empathy and repairing the harm done, Ashford School has seen an increase in social emotional capabilities, and a decrease in suspensions
  • Revise our curriculum to focus more on the needs of students– with stations learning and Project-Based learning at the core of our instruction, Ashford School students have unlimited opportunities to apply their learning in authentic and meaningful ways
  • Promote Ashford School as a leader for other schools in CT. Whether through sending science experiments to space aboard the ISS, or through having the National World Language teacher of the year as a member of our faculty, Ashford School continues to move forward, pushing the bounds of education for our students.

I am a firm believer in communication between home and school and would encourage you to reach out to me with any comments or concerns you may have and I will respond within 24 hours. You can reach me at gdukette@ashfordct.org.