Principal/Assistant Superintendent

Troy Hopkins

Please contact me at 860 429-6419, or Main page:

Please join me for “Talks with Troy”. Have a cup of coffee and engage in informal conversation about Ashford School or educational in general at 7:45 a.m. on the following days: October 5th, December 7th, February 1st, and April 5th.

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

After my growing up in Rhode Island, I 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.

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

What is Ashford School about?

Vision - Empowered Learners Striving for Positive Change

Mission - Ashford School learners engage in authentic EXPERIENCES to DISCOVER their passions, STRIVE for excellence, CONNECT with their community and the world, and CONTRIBUTE in positive and meaningful ways.

2017-2018 Ashford School Goals:

  • Continue to create, refine and document our project-based learning practices with a focus on key knowledge, understandings and skills from each subject area, technology integration, interdisciplinary themes, and real world connections.
  • Ensure that all students have ownership in creating and monitoring a unique set of instruction and assessment experiences, in the areas of academic, social, physical and behavioral learning, appropriate for them as individuals with varied strengths, readiness, interests, and motivations.
  • Deliberately develop and measure the habits of mind found in our mission statement: autonomy, collaboration, communication (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), creativity, critical thinking, cultural competency, innovative problem solving, motivation to learn, perseverance, reflection, self-control, through all learning opportunities.
  • Enhance the effectiveness and creativity of our collegial work and learning by connecting all work to the school mission, performing mindfulness practices, and increasing self-reflection and self-assessment among all staff.

Traffic control gear! Thank you PTO!

One:One laptop initiative!

Brownstone building built from summer reading bricks!