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2022: Meet the New Faculty

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2022: Meet the New Faculty

Meet The New Faculty

Three new hires stepped into Avon classrooms this fall. Meet our team of new teachers—we think they're pretty great.

Andrew DeCasperis grew up and attended high school in South Windsor, Connecticut, where he played football, hockey, and baseball. He earned All-State honors for hockey in his junior and senior year, and went on to play club hockey at Central Connecticut State University. He graduated from CCSU in May of 2022 with a degree in English/Secondary Education.

Living relatively close to the school, and growing up playing various sports, DeCasperis has always been familiar with AOF, but when he arrived on campus for his first professional teaching job in the summer of 2022, he knew he was in for a great experience.

“While I wasn't able to attend a boarding school during my time as a student, I felt I could still be an asset on the opposite end of the spectrum as a member of the faculty. I have always had an interest in prep schools and AOF was still close to my hometown where I felt comfortable joining this community.”

Mr. DeCasperis will be teaching English classes, but also plans to get involved with athletics and club activities as well. In particular, he plans to be involved with the school’s hockey program and hopes to join and/or create an entrepreneurial club at the school. Overall, he’s excited to start his career at AOF.

“My favorite part of teaching is that every day in the classroom is different. From content, to in class conversations, to reading the written responses from my students, there is always something fresh about my day as a teacher. I enjoy hearing the stories my students tell while also being able to reflect on my experiences.”

Klajd Drogu, Mathematics

Klajd Drogu is originally from Tirana, Albania, where he lived until graduating high school. From there he moved to Italy to pursue a degree in kinesiology and sports at the University of Florence.

He remained in Italy to live and work for a total of 10 years. It was during his time in Italy that he met his wife, current AOF Art Department Chair Cristina Pinton. The two moved to the United States together in 2011, originally settling in Canton, Conn. In 2012 Cristina joined the AOF team, and the couple relocated to Mrs. Riddle’s campus. 

Klajd has lived on campus now for the last 10 years. During that time his two sons, Orion and Xhulian, were born, he earned teaching certifications in world languages and math, and worked as a physical therapy assistant before taking a teaching position in Prospect, Conn. He said his time working as a PTA helped prepare him for his future in education.

“After working in the PTA field for several years, I was able to translate that type of attention to detail, empathetic communication, and patient education to my teaching experience.”

When the opportunity arose in the AOF math department this past summer, Klajd figured this would be a great opportunity to connect with the boys like he’s seen my wife doing for the last decade. 

“Small classes, chances to influence their lives outside the classroom, be a role model, coach soccer, these were all things that attracted me to the position.”

When school isn’t in session, Klajd and his family take any opportunity they can to travel back to Italy to adventure and bond with family.
 

Luke Rumley, History Faculty

Luke Rumley arrived at Avon Old Farms School for his first professional teaching job in the summer of 2022. 

Originally from Hebron, Conn., Luke is no stranger to prep schools. He attended East Catholic High School, a private college prep school in Manchester, Conn., while his younger sister attended boarding school. 

“From her experience I knew being a teacher at a boarding school was what I wanted to do.”
 
At East Catholic, he was a standout performer for his school’s football and basketball teams. He earned all-conference honors as a football player and was a part of a basketball team that won a State Championship in 2016 and three Central Connecticut Conference titles in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

He went on to attend the University of Connecticut, where he graduated in the spring of 2022 with a double major in history and political science.

Growing up in Connecticut, Luke says he had always heard of Avon Old Farms, but it was not until one of his best friends from high school did a post graduate year at AOF that he learned how special the Brotherhood really is. Then, once he saw the campus for himself, he knew it was the place to be. 

“From the minute I arrived on campus I knew Avon Old Farms was where I wanted to be. Aside from the beautiful campus and it being close to where I grew up, the people that make up Avon Old Farms are what make it such a truly incredible place.”