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., Western Connecticut State University
M.Litt., Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English
About Mr. Bolster
I am no stranger to the world of preparatory boarding schools, as I grew up as a faculty child at Canterbury School, which I later attended. Taking classes with so many of the extraordinary faculty there energized me to pursue teaching, which has become my greatest passion. Two of my other great loves are for poetry and theater: my poetry has been published in The Wallace Stevens Journal and Red Booth Review, and I’ve appeared onstage at a variety of venues, including theaters at the college, regional, and professional levels. I live on campus with my greatest love of all, my wife, Kimberly Finn Bolster (she teaches physics and engineering here at Avon Old Farms); our dog, Samson; and our cat, Loupe.
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
I first experienced the value of an all-boys environment working as a camp counselor and theater director at Camp Becket-in-the-Berkshires, but my career as a full-time educator began in Busan, South Korea, where I taught English as a foreign language to elementary and middle school students. After earning an M.A., I served as an adjunct professor of English at Howard Community College and at Prince George’s Community College, both in Maryland. From 2013 to 2015, I taught at Franklin Academy in East Haddam, CT, where I instructed humanities, chaired the Arts Department, and directed the school’s theater program. I currently spend my summers studying literature and drama at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
Why do you teach at Avon Old Farms School?
From the first moment I stepped on campus, I knew that I had found a special place. The young men of Avon learn from their teachers, from their coaches, from their dorm parents, and from each other. Our students aren’t afraid to take risks and try new things, since they know that they are surrounded by a brotherhood that values them, supports them, and helps them to make the right decisions. Strong values undergird the Avon community, and I am grateful to be a part of that community.