Teacher: Biology and Chemistry
Coach: Varsity Football, Varsity Wrestling, Track and Field
Ian Bomely is one of 17 Avonians currently working at his alma mater. Originally from Newington, Connecticut, Ian transferred to Avon Old Farms School to repeat his junior year of high school after feeling like just a number at his large public high school. While initially reluctant to live in the dorms while his own bedroom was just 15 minutes away, Ian was quickly won over by the Avon Brotherhood and the values of our school.
At Avon, Ian played both offensive and defensive line on our varsity football team, managed the varsity wrestling team, and was a thrower on the varsity track & field team. During his short time here, Ian became a quintessential Man of Avon, doing well in the classroom, on the field, and in the community, partaking in two mission trips with Habitat for Humanity during school breaks.
Upon graduating, Ian attended Salve Regina University where he continued playing football and participating in community service. He enrolled pre-med with a major in biology and a double minor in chemistry and neuroscience, but during his junior year Ian realized that he wanted to be involved in education. So, upon graduating, Ian took a teaching fellowship at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, where his dreams of entering the education field were solidified.
“While at Franklin Road, I realized that I wanted to be more than a teacher—I wanted to coach and mentor students. When I thought about where I could do that, the choice was simple: Avon Old Farms. My experience of having a guiding mentor was unique to Avon, and it’s what made all the difference.”
In 2019, Ian was offered a teaching position in our science department where he is excited to show our boys that science is a class that is meant to be fun and inspiring.
“I love science, and I want to evoke that excitement in my students—the worst thing in the world is going to a class you don’t want to be in. From keeping my kids organized with interactive notebooks to bringing science to life by putting an entire Happy Meal in a blender to test for protein content, I want my students to know that science is real and all around them.”
- Ian was Captain of the Winged Beavers Varsity Football Team his senior year
- Ian had brain surgery when he was 5 and is published in the 2001 New England Journal of Medicine