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)
M.A., Temple University
About Mr. Callaghan
I grew up in nearby Burlington, CT and attended public schools there before coming to Avon Old Farms as a freshman. After four years at Avon, I matriculated to Amherst College where I studied English, pitched for the baseball team, and announced men's and women's home basketball games courtside. Following a brief stint working for a pharmaceutical company, I enrolled at Temple University to earn my Master's Degree in English with a concentration in fiction writing.
Just prior to joining the Avon faculty in 2003, I met my wife, Heather, who works on-campus in the Health Center and off-campus as a NICU nurse at CCMC. We have two children-- Owen, 9, and Sarah, 6.
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
I learned that I wanted to teach when I secured a teaching fellowship as part of my graduate work at Temple University. There I taught Composition 50, a required course in the humanities.
I have always loved reading and writing, and I count myself fortunate to have taken powerful English classes with inspiring teachers over the years, starting with those who taught me at Avon Old Farms.
Why do you teach at Avon Old Farms School?
Working at a boarding school affords me the opportunity to teach and learn not only in the classroom but also in all areas of school life. As an English teacher, I see literature as an effective way of discussing our mission and applying it to the larger question of what it means to be a good man in this world. And living here, I am inspired by the daily examples of our school's mission in action.