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