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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)

Erik Chase

Erik Chase

Math Teacher
B.S., University of New Hampshire
M.Ed., Plymouth State University

ABOUT MR. CHASE

I am originally born and raised in Concord, NH. I attended New Hampton School, a private coed boarding school in New Hampton, NH. My influence in teaching came from my Calculus teacher, Mr. Buchner, as well and my English teacher, Mr. Cheney. Other than creating problem-based curriculums in mathematics education, my greatest passions are traveling, swimming with sea turtles in the Caribbean, playing hockey, golfing, drawing, and playing guitar. Having taught a wide variety of international students in my previous years, I aim to visit them and their families within the next couple of years to places in China, Korea, India, Russia, and Italy to name a few. Hopefully this year at Avon I will also take on a new passion...learning to play the drums.

WHAT EXPERIENCE LED YOU TO AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?

I have taught both public and private school in New England schools and boarding school in Pennsylvania. While in graduate school, I learned about problem-based and inquiry-based learning of which my methods of teaching proudly stem from. Both NCTM, ATMOPOV, Anja Greer Conference at Phillips Exeter Academy, and NECAP conferences in mathematics education have brought great success in helping to serve my students well. I have written, but not have yet published, two courses under a problem-based learning format. Some of my material is used by problem-based learning colleagues at George Mason High School in Ohio and Horace Mann School in NY. As for volunteer work, a goal of mine is to bring students to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief, as many of my students from class and dorm from my previous school originate from there.

WHY DO YOU TEACH AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?

I come to Avon Old Farms with pride and honor in that I can be the best teacher I can be. It is an honor to return to New England to a school who has so much rich history, integrity, beauty and sense of compassion for educating its boys. While teaching at a single-sex school is new to me, I am up for the challenge of continuing my efforts of building my craft both as an AP teacher and a member of a community focused on a common goal. Working at Avon will be not only an honor, but a privilege. I am thankful for meeting with new faculty and with others who have built a great life on this wonderful campus.