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)
About Mr. Whitty
I was born and raised in Avon, CT and graduated from Avon Old Farms School in 1987. I matriculated to Bentley University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in marketing, with a minor in philosophy. I live on campus and have supervised Pelican and Brown dormitories and coached Varsity Wrestling and Junior Varsity Lacrosse. My wife, Kim, works in the Office of Admission and I have two children: Jake, AOF Class of 2016 (Clark University and currently an Avon Police Officer) and Ellie, who graduated from Miss Porter’s (2018) and currently attends Quinnipiac University (2022).
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
After graduating from Bentley University, I pursued a career in law enforcement and was hired as an Avon police officer. I rose through the ranks and commanded every section of the department, including the patrol, operations, detective and administrative divisions.
During my career, my area of responsibilities included patrol operations, criminal investigations, tactical operations, training, budgeting, federal and state grant writing, employee relations and the hiring of personnel. In addition, I developed a school safety plan which is used by several local departments, and is implemented by Avon Old Farms School.
In 2006, I was selected to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia – graduating with honors. I retired from the Avon police department in 2011, attaining the rank of captain, second in command.
Why do you teach at Avon Old Farms School?
I teach at Avon Old Farms School because our mission has been constant throughout the years: to help build a "good man". I have seen the results through my experience as a student; through my son's personal growth; and through the students who I have worked closely with. The investment and impact of the faculty and staff – as well as the community – is what makes Avon a truly special place that I am proud to be a part of.