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)
ABOUT LUKE ARCHAMBAULT '04
I was born and raised in South Hadley, Massachusetts. I matriculated to Avon and spent four great years on campus building relationships with teachers and fellow students that continue to exist today. During my four years, I ran cross country and track, played hockey, and I was a dorm monitor in Jennings and Elephant. When I graduated, I was awarded Order of Old Farms. From Avon, I spent the next four years studying Political Science and Spanish at Gettysburg College. Post-college, I have spent the last nine years teaching high school, refereeing ice hockey, and coaching girls cross country and indoor/outdoor track. I recently married my beautiful wife Lindsay on campus at Avon and we recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy to our family!
WHAT EXPERIENCE LED YOU TO AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
I have spent the last nine years working with a variety of students. I'm dual certified to teach Special Education and History: this has allowed me to work with students across a variety of needs. Working in education has taught me how essential the high school experience is for all students. Also, as a coach and referee, I have seen student athletes grow on the playing field — I look forward to continuing to be a part of athletics at Avon. Athletics provide a great opportunity for students to persevere and overcome hardships while growing the relationships Avon is known for.
WHY DO YOU TEACH AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
There is a tremendous amount of growth that occurs for young men during the high school years. Avon cultivates a culture that is a wonderful mix of old and new that helps young men find who they are while becoming men of integrity. The community that is fostered during our years at Avon continues after we leave; the friendships are lifelong. It's essential and important to me, as an Avon alumnus, that we grow this community and give back to the next generations that will become Men of Avon.