Tony Hopkins

Troy C. Hopkins has served as principal of Ashford School for the last six years, building on seven years in previous administrative positions and fifteen years as a classroom teacher. Hopkins is known for his dedication to mentorship and professional development and his commitment to instructional leadership that centers student motivation, sense of purpose, and choice. One parent says of Hopkins’ leadership, “Ashford is not a wealthy community, and the school does not have abundant resources. However, Troy sets a tone that inspires teachers, students, and families to seek new challenges, broaden their horizons, and extend their learning.” This is particularly clear in Hopkins’ implementation of a STEAM School curriculum at Ashford, supporting teachers to develop theme-driven, project-based lessons that balance academic content with 21st century “habits of mind.” This model has increased achievement, decreased Special Education referrals, and opened up new opportunities for differentiated instruction, which Hopkins defines as a process of “finding appropriate challenges for all students.” The successful implementation of the program would not have been possible without Hopkins’ fierce commitment to building a culture of adult learning by modeling education as a life-long practice. Hopkins holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Connecticut, an M.A.T. in Biology from Bridgewater State College, and an M.Ed. in Leadership from Salem State College.