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)
BSN, University of Connecticut
About Mrs. Callaghan
I grew up in South Windsor, CT. After college, I lived/volunteered teaching English in Ecuador for two years through a program called WorldTeach. During these two years, I traveled all over Ecuador and Peru and even visited the Galapagos twice! When I returned from Ecuador, I obtained my temporary teaching certificate and began teaching Spanish in MA. During this time, I met Graham, and through him I made my way to Avon. Graham and I got married on campus and have loved raising our family here. I was a triple threat faculty member for 3 years then did part time work at the school while our kids were young. I was the Director of Community Service and also held the role of Director of Sustainability at one point. Graham and I were the ones who started the community garden almost 10 years ago. I love to travel and have been many amazing places with my family, growing up, including Nepal. I look forward to being able to travel with our kids in the near future.
WHAT EXPERIENCE LED YOU TO AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
I went back to nursing school for a second degree when our kids were 5 and 3. I did a one year, intensive program, January through December. Since receiving my RN license and BSN degree, I have worked on the post partum unit at Hartford Hospital (8 months) and then moved to the NICU at CCMC where I have been working for over three years now and continue to work there as a per diem nurse. I started as a part time staff nurse at the Health Center in 2015, then became full time after two years. I was then named Director of Nursing in January of 2018.
WHY DO YOU TEACH AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
I believe in the importance of health and wellness and the essential role it plays in the lives of every person. Our boys would not be able to challenge themselves or work to their full potential if they were not both mentally and physically well. Avon Old Farms is a community where opportunities abound and where we encourage and support boys as they grow and develop into young men. Keeping them happy and healthy throughout this process and journey, is a key to their success. Education and prevention are of utmost importance, both of which we provide in so many different ways. I believe the Health Center is a welcoming place where boys feel comfortable talking to professionals and being cared for. It is a place that works in conjunction with all other areas of school life in order to keep our students healthy and well.