The new headmaster of Greenwich’s International School in Dundee is a veteran Trumbull educator

GREENWICH — As Dundee International School principal Teresa Ricci retires at the end of the school year, school superintendent Toni Jones has appointed a replacement: Dana Firmender, the current assistant principal at Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull.

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

Firmender will begin his new role on July 1 at ISD, which became Greenwich Public Schools’ first magnet school in 2000, offering a primary International Baccalaureate programme. It has about 345 students enrolled in kindergarten through 5th grade, according to its website.

As Deputy Principal at Hillcrest since 2019, Firmender has taken on a variety of duties, such as teacher evaluation, planning and co-directing the behavioral interventions and support program.


“I am delighted and honored to join the community of Greenwich as Principal of Dundee International School,” said Firmender. “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.

Firmender has over 16 years of experience in education. She has worked as a fifth grade literacy program coordinator, an extended third year special education teacher, and a vocabulary coordinator.

In 2021, she served as acting principal of Booth Hill Elementary at Trumbull. She assists the District’s Student Outreach, School Climate, and Teacher Professional Development/Evaluation Committees.

His teaching career began in the classroom. She taught English at Masuk High School in Monroe for 12 years, both in advanced and remedial classes. She also taught at Housatonic Community College as an assistant instructor.

Firmender holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Central Connecticut State University, an MA in British Literature from Southern Connecticut State University, a sixth-grade degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University, and a a K-12 Professional Educator Certificate in Special Education. of the Capitol Region Board of Education.

Ricci has been on staff at Greenwich Public Schools since 1979, serving first as a teacher before becoming an administrator. She was the first Deputy Principal of ISD and was part of the Magnet School planning and opening team. Ricci has been the director of ISD since 2003 and her career spans 43 years as a teacher of K-5, preschool, special education and summer school programs.

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