M.Ed, Central Connecticut State University
ABOUT MRS. HARRINGTON
I grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut and attended Glastonbury High School and then The University of Vermont. During my time at UVM, I played varsity volleyball while earning my B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology. I live in Simsbury with my husband and 2 sons, Seamus and Rory.
WHAT EXPERIENCE LED YOU TO AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
Late in my time at UVM, I decided that I wanted to teach but I hadn’t pursued my teaching certification. After a year as a teaching assistant in the West Hartford public school system, I was hired to teach science at The Ethel Walker School. While at Walker’s, I taught a wide range of classes including Earth Science, Human Biology and Physics. I also designed and taught Walker’s first Forensics class and a cross-disciplinary Environmental Studies class. As the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Walker’s, I built the program from one with little experience into a consistent contender in the New England Tournament, leading the Wildcats to the tournament in 8 out of my 16 years as head coach. I earned my M.Ed. from Central Connecticut State University while teaching at Walker’s. Additionally, I served as the Science Department Chair, Dean of Faculty & Studies, Dean of Academics, and Registrar during my years there.
WHY DO YOU TEACH AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
As I started my first year at Walker’s, just one year out of college, I had planned to be there for two years, to get certified, and to go teach in public schools. That was over twenty years ago. Having been a public school kid, I didn’t know what I’d been missing in the private school world. I quickly came to love the nature of life at Walker’s, where girls can be themselves and where teachers have the opportunity to help girls grow into confident young women. I value places where education means so much more than simply what happens in the classroom, where the goal is the growth of the whole person. As a mother of two young boys, nothing could be dearer to my heart than the AOF mission of “cultivating young men of integrity, who honor wisdom, justice, inclusion, service and the pursuit of truth”. I am excited about the opportunity to help raise boys into confident young men.