Fruin was most recently employed by 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. She previously worked as an elementary level educator in the Boston area, where she taught various grade levels and a variety of disciplines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and received her Masters of Arts degree in education from Lesley University, in Cambridge, Mass.
Speaking on behalf of the New Canaan Public Schools, Director of Human Resources Gary Kass said, "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 to New Canaan Public Schools from Fairfield Public Schools. She is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She holds a Master of Science 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-kindergarten to grade three summer school principal, instructional improvement teacher, gifted and talented teacher, language arts specialist and elementary teacher for grades two and three.
Upon Ms. Furnari's acceptance, Director of Human Resources Gary 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."