New headmaster appointed at Dundee International School

GREENWICH, CT – Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools, Dr. Toni Jones, has announced the appointment of Dana Firmender as Principal of Dundee International School, effective July 1.

Firmender replaces Teresa Ricci, who announced her imminent retirement in February after 43 years of loyal service, including 19 as director of ISD. Firmender is currently the vice principal of Hillcrest Middle School at Trumbull Public School, a position she has held since 2019.

“I am delighted and honored to join the Greenwich community as Principal of Dundee International School,” Firmender said in a school district press release. “I look forward to meeting our wonderful students, their supporting families, and the talented staff at ISD in the days, weeks, and months ahead. I am excited to begin working together to cultivate academic excellence. and fostering socio-emotional well-being for all.”

As Vice-Principal at Hillcrest Middle School, Firmender has a wide range of responsibilities to lead and support the entire school community, including teacher evaluation, student behavior management, planning, co- directing the positive behavioral interventions and supports program and administering the response. to the intervention process.

“Ms Firmender will be a wonderful addition to Greenwich Public Schools and the entire Dundee International School community,” Jones said in a press release. “Our students and staff will find her to be a responsive, aware and dynamic administrator, continuing to champion the culture of leading students to become lifelong learners and responsible global citizens.”

Firmender has served in a variety of roles over the past 16 years in K-plus education, including as fifth grade literacy program coordinator, extended third grade special education instructor, and K-12 vocabulary coordinator .

In 2021, she was selected to serve as Acting Principal at Booth Hill Elementary in Trumbull on a short-term basis and has been actively involved in Trumbull as a team member of Student Action Committees, School Climate and teacher professional development/evaluation. .

For 12 years, Firmender was an English teacher at Masuk High School of Monroe Public Schools, where she taught both advanced placement and remedial language arts. Additionally, she served as an adjunct teacher at Housatonic Community College.

Firmender is a Certified K-12 Special Education Teacher and holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education from Central Connecticut State University; an MA in British Literature from Southern Connecticut State University; a sixth-year degree in educational leadership from Sacred Heart University; and a K-12 Professional Educator Certificate in Special Education from the Capitol Region Education Council.