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Robert Werner

Robert Werner

English Faculty, Assistant Director of College Counseling
B.S., M.A., Southern Connecticut State University

Teacher: English
Mentor: College Counselor
Coach: Baseball

Rob Werner was born and raised in southern Connecticut family where sports, especially baseball, were a big part of life. 

“From sneaking inside at family picnics to watch the Red Sox with my Pop-Pop, to learning old-school hitting techniques through my father, to having baseball uniform pajamas, baseball was, and still is, everything to me.”

Baseball carried Rob into college; however, his collegiate baseball career ended early because of an injury. At that point, Rob took stock of what he was studying, and made a big change: he transitioned from studying engineering at the University of New Haven to pursuing a degree in English at Southern Connecticut State University. 

“When I look back on this, I notice that it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me as it revealed my true character—one of being a student. After transferring colleges to focus on academics, I learned to embrace my love of history and New England literature. Since graduating, I've made it my life's mission to encourage others to find their passions—teaching just happens to be the perfect environment for that.”

Upon earning his B.S. in English and Education (7-12), he began teaching at the high school level and also was able to fulfill his passion for baseball as a coach. From Shelton High School in Connecticut to Baltimore City Public Schools, Rob spent time honing his craft as a teacher and coach, and realized he wanted to continue his own education in order to become a better educator. He enrolled in a course as a provisional student at Johns Hopkins University in the AAP Writing Program at their Washington, D.C. campus and earned a M.A. in English/British Literature from his alma mater Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).

Along the way, Rob taught in several types of schools: in addition to his high school teaching experience in Shelton and Baltimore, at the New Haven Adult Education Center he taught GED, Medical Writing, and ESL courses; at SCSU, he was an English Faculty-Adjunct. 

“Yearning for a full-time position, I found my way into the independent school world and in 2011 took a position at the Watkinson School in Hartford, Conn. I taught all levels of English; coached baseball, soccer, and basketball; received two grants and founded the Watkinson Historical Society; was the Assistant Director of College Counseling; and spent three years as the Assistant Director of Campus Housing for The Academy at Watkinson, a pre-college program.”

In 2017, Rob joined the Avon Old Farms School community. 

“Having spent years understanding the nuances and importance of independent school learning combined with the benefits of cultivating independent thinkers and productive members of society, I believe that Avon Old Farms is the best place for a young man to grow and mature. Steeped in history and tradition, Avon Old Farms exists to cultivate young men of the highest standards and an everlasting sense of pride and commitment to an inclusive community. The core values of brotherhood, scholarship, integrity, and sportsmanship are crucially important to me as they remind me of earning my Eagle Scout award and the committed values that the men in my family passed on from their time serving in our country's military. Being able to be a part of their growth and development is an honor and a privilege.”

Rob is the assistant dorm head for Eagle Dormitory, where he lives with his wife Nicole and their sons Vinny and Vito.

FUN FACTS

  • For two summers he coached the Avon American Legion Post 201 Senior team (Back-to-back Zone 1 Champions).
  • Collects antique books
  • Loves Moby Dick and read it to his infant son
  • Loves dressing up and wearing three-piece suits and established ‘Fancy Fridays’