Brookfield resident tapped as new Ridgefield elementary school principal

Nancy Caron, of Brookfield, will assume her role as principal of Farmingville Elementary School on July 1. She currently serves as the Curriculum and Instruction Site Director at Rowayton Elementary School in Norwalk.

Nancy Caron, of Brookfield, will assume her role as principal of Farmingville Elementary School on July 1. She currently serves as the Curriculum and Instruction Site Director at Rowayton Elementary School in Norwalk.

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RIDGEFIELD — At a special meeting Monday night, the Ridgefield Board of Education appointed Nancy Caron, of Brookfield, as the new principal of Farmingville Elementary School. Caron currently serves as the curriculum and instruction site director at Rowayton Elementary School in Norwalk, and will begin her role in Ridgefield on July 1.

“Ridgefield’s educators have a reputation of being the best and the brightest, and I feel very privileged to be joining the team,” Caron said. “I can only assume that they had an amazing candidate pool, so I feel honored to be the one that was chosen.”

Caron said the district’s presence as a “real community” appealed to her the most when she considered applying for the job. And although this will be her first time serving as a school principal, she believes her previous experiences have prepared her well for the new position.

In addition to her current role, Caron was a K-3 math specialist on Bethel School District’s leadership team and taught elementary-aged children in Brookfield, New Milford and Greenwich public schools. She was also a former mathematics professor at Western Connecticut State University.

“At Rowayton I was coaching teachers on how to effectively implement our curriculum and built a deep understanding of the progression of literacy and math skills (in) K-5 students,” she said. “I (learned) so much about collaboration and educating the whole child, which are important things that I will carry over to Farmingville.”

Ridgefield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susie Da Silva said Caron’s prior experience was important to the search committee in identifying the school’s new principal. “Ms. Caron will be a great addition to our team of outstanding elementary principals and an excellent leader of Farmingville Elementary,” she said.

Caron is looking forward to learning about the school’s “rigorous programs” and hearing from parents and faculty about what’s working, as well as any ideas they may have for the future. Her main goal is “to create consistency and build trust, and continue the tradition of providing students with a high-quality education that is personalized and engaging,” she said.

As someone who’s always wanted to be a teacher, Caron said becoming a principal is a dream. Since having her own children, she’s found the profession to be more meaningful as she can better appreciate all that the staff and teachers do.

“I want to be an advocate for all my students,” she added. “I can’t wait to meet them.”

Caron lives in Brookfield with her family and two goofy but lovable dogs.

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