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.Ed, University of Southern Maine
About Mr. Cantello
Thanks to our visionary founder, Mrs. Riddle, every time I arrive on campus, I’m reminded of England, where I was born and raised. Often I ponder how exactly life has led me to Avon; I feel very fortunate in every way. I attended Hampton, an all-boys independent grammar school founded in 1557 in London, so I value the strengths and traditions that Avon Old Farms has to offer young men. My next stop was the University of Exeter where I graduated with honors in English and played soccer, but more importantly, met my wife, Diane.
Over the next ten years, I was devoted to a career in aviation and airport management in the United Kingdom before a move to the USA and the opportunity to switch careers came along in 1996.
Mr. Cantello's Experience
My journey to the land of the Winged Beavers encompasses all aspects of teaching: after earning a master's degree in education, I taught English at Portland High School in Maine for five years. Following a family move to Connecticut - we now had Olivia (George Washington University ’18) and Christian (’17) - I left coed public school to join private school education at The Ethel Walker School for girls. Over the course of thirteen years I taught English classes in the upper school and held various posts including English department chair.
Why Mr. Cantello Teaches at Avon Old Farms
My experience as a teacher in coed and single-sex education - girls and boys - means I recognize what a special school we have here. Our boys inspire our faculty every day, and our faculty challenge and support our boys to be the best they can be in all areas of their lives. In this way, our school’s mission is never remote or distant, but always within reach because of our deep and abiding commitment to each other. You never have to look very far on our campus to see scholarship, integrity, brotherhood, and sportsmanship in our daily lives together.