Avon Old Farms School began hiring "progressive teachers who trained a student to 'seek knowledge and establish facts for himself'" in 1927 – a tradition that remains strong today.
SANDRA KATZ (2003)
Ed.M., Harvard University
About Mr. Crocker
I grew up in Dover, MA and attended Colby College where I majored in English Literature. I married a college classmate, Kimberley Hallock, and during the summer months, we restored old houses in Berkshire County, MA, eventually buying a house on Islesboro Island in Maine. Our son, Benjamin was born in 1992, and in 2004, we sold our island home to take on a new challenge: restoring an 1821 farmhouse in Colebrook, CT.
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
After graduating from college, I began teaching English, and ended up as the Chair of the English department and Director of Secondary School Counseling at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Connecticut. After earning an Ed.M. at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in 1989, I became the Assistant Director of Admission at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. In the fall of 1994, we moved to Avon Old Farms School where I first served as Chairman of the English Department. In 2003, I became the Associate Director of College Counseling, and in 2015. I stepped up to be Director. Our son, Benjamin, graduated from AOF in 2011 and recently graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
Why do you work at Avon Old Farms School?
Kimberley and I love Avon for its unwavering commitment to its students. While the specifics of our jobs have changed over the years, we have had the privilege of working with students and families from all over the world. Whether it has been teaching in the classroom, coaching on a slalom course, working in the woods with the Nimrod Club, overseeing Eagle Dormitory, or working with Avonians in the college admission process, we feel fortunate to have the opportunities to help our students grow into wise, compassionate men of character who serve others generously.