Westport Teacher Is Named Assistant Principal in New Canaan

Administrators from Westport and Fairfield have been chosen to fill vacancies at two New Canaan elementary schools.

Two assistant elementary school principals have been appointed by New Canaan Public Schoools — one from Westport, the other from Fairfield.

In announcements from New Canaan Public Schools, Ashley F. Furnari has been named assistant principal of West Elementary School, and Maura S. Fruin will serve as the next assistant principal of East Elementary School. They come from Fairfield and Westport public schools, respectively.

Fruin was most recently served as a Literacy Specialist at Greens Farms Elementary School and as a third-grade teacher at Long Lots Elementary School, both in Westport. As an elementary level educator in the Boston area, Maura has taught various grade levels and in a variety of disciplines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Assumption College in Worcester, MA and received her Masters of Arts in Education from Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA.

Director of Human Resources Gary Kass said in a statement, “We are very excited to welcome Maura to our district. In addition to bringing an extensive background in literacy and experience as a coach to other teachers, she will be sharing her warm and inviting can-do attitude with the East School community.”

Furnari comes from Fairfield Public Schools. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in education. She holds a Master of Science in reading from Southern Connecticut State University, and a 6th Year Certificate of Advance Study in Administration from Sacred Heart University. Furnari’s background also includes experience as a Pre-K to Grade 3 summer school principal, instructional improvement teacher, gifted and talented teacher, language arts specialist and elementary teacher for grades 2 and 3.

Regarding Furnari’s appointment, Kass said, “Viewed as highly collaborative, Ashley is a gifted instructional leader who will bring energy and enthusiasm to her new role as assistant principal at West School.”

Both will assume their duties July 1.




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