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Trevor Stern

Trevor Stern

Dean of Faculty, English Faculty, Varsity Lacrosse Coach
B.A. English, Trinity College
M.A.L.S, Wesleyan University
Ed.D., Vanderbilt University

Teacher: English
Mentor: Head Dorm Parent for Brown Dormitory; Freshmen Academic Dean
Coach: Varsity Lacrosse Defensive Coordinator

Born and raised in Easton, Connecticut, Trevor Stern attended the Loomis Chaffee School. It was his life-changing experiences there that inspired Trevor to pursue a career at an independent school. 

“I forged unbelievable relationships with my peers that were very pure because of the boarding school experience, and my teachers were invested in me and my growth as a young adult. My lacrosse coach was the head of my dormitory, and he became a real mentor to me. He was at my wedding, and I am still in regular contact with him today. The right people came into my life at the right time at Loomis, and shaped the person I wanted to become.”

Trevor went on to attend Trinity College where he began filling prerequisites to study nutrition at the graduate level, but by his sophomore year was yearning to spend more time and effort on his literature courses than his science-packed schedule allowed. At that point, Trevor realized that his true passion was for literature and wanted to have the same impact on others that his teachers had on him. He graduated in 2011 with a BA in English.

Upon graduation from Trinity College, Trevor headed out to Boulder, Colorado, where he worked at the Alexander Dawson School, a private day school. In addition to teaching, he coached lacrosse, basketball, and soccer at Alexander Dawson. He also worked as a head coach at 3d Lacrosse in Denver. A year later, Trevor was offered a position at Avon Old Farms.

“I interviewed for a position at Avon during my senior spring at Trinity College, but the offer from Alexander Dawson School came very quickly, and it was a great school that I knew I would enjoy teaching at. But, when a position at Avon Old Farms became available, I knew in my heart that was where I wanted to be.

“There are so many wonderful aspects to Avon Old Farms that are intangible. As a school, we are rooted in deep tradition that continues to permeate through all facets of daily life, and this is a constant reminder that students and faculty are part of a bigger picture. As a faculty member, I strive to uphold the excellence of educating boys that Mrs. Riddle envisioned in 1927. Students are continually aiming to become better men, like the brothers before them. These are humbling and momentous tasks. In sharing my passion for literature with my students, I not only hope to help boys see the world from a new perspective, but to reflect introspectively as well which isn't easy. 

“The Avon Old Farms community is banded together in everything that we do, whether we are raising money for underprivileged families in Hartford during Christmas, giving blood to the Red Cross, or supporting a team for a big game. Our brotherhood is something that needs to be experienced, and words are never quite just. Avon Old Farms encourages boys to be all that I strive to be in a man; a man who honors wisdom, justice, inclusion, service and the pursuit of truth. Each day, I am honored to be a part of this family.”

He earned a Masters in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and his Doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University. 

Trevor lives on campus in Brown House with his wife Alyssa, daughter Noa, and yellow labrador Trapper.

Fun Facts:

  • Was the captain of the varsity lacrosse team at both Loomis Chaffee and Trinity College
  • Has completed multiple ultramarathons
  • Loves reading graphic novels and is a die-hard Harry Potter fan
  • Has been writing poetry since elementary school; he aspired to be like Shel Silverstein