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Ashford Educators Earn Big Awards


Troy Hopkins, Principal of Ashford School, has been named 2018 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS). 

An educator for nearly 30 years, Hopkins is completing his sixth year as principal of Ashford School. 

“Being named principal of the year means great things are happening in Ashford,” said Hopkins. “It validates the efforts of the whole school community to improve the educational experience for all of our learners, kids and adults.” 

According to a CAS press release, Hopkins has spearheaded a number of successful programs in Ashford, including the implementation of project-based learning and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum.

Rebecca Aubrey, the Spanish teacher at Ashford School, was named World Language Teacher of the Year by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NCTFL) and the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (COLT). Aubrey has taught at Ashford School for five years.

“I am passionate about teaching cultural competency through a language that I love,” said Aubrey, who is also the first-ever Connecticut teacher to be a finalist for National World Language Teacher of the Year, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ top teacher award.