Trumbull residents named New Canaan school administrators

Two Trumbull residents have been named assistant principals for two New Canaan elementary schools, the district announced Friday.

Maura S. Fruin will be the new East School assistant principal and Ashley F. Furnari is the next assistant principal of West Elementary School. They both begin their new jobs on July 1.

Fruin comes from the Westport Public Schools, where she has served as a literacy specialist at Greens Farms Elementary School and as a third grade teacher at Long Lots Elementary School. Also, as an elementary level educator in the Boston area, Fruin taught various grade levels and in a variety of disciplines. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, in Cambridge, Mass.

“We are very excited to welcome Maura to our district,” Gary Kass, the New Canaan Schools human resource director, said. “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, the new West assistant principal, comes to New Canaan from the Fairfield Public Schools. She has a bachelor of science degree in education from Western Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in reading from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Sixth-Year Certificate of Advance Study in Administration from Sacred Heart University.

Furnari’s background as an educator includes experience as a Pre-K to third grade summer school principal, instructional improvement teacher, gifted and talented teacher, language arts specialist and elementary teacher for second and third graders.

“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,” Kass said.