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 MR. CAMPBELL
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. For high school, I attended the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. At the Taft School, I began my football career and also discovered my passion for photography. During my senior year at Taft, I was elected captain of my football team and was voted All-Founders League for my position as a linebacker. I went on to attend Trinity College, where I majored in Psychology. At Trinity College, I won two consecutive NESCAC football championships and was elected All-Conference my senior year.
WHAT EXPERIENCE LED YOU TO AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
At Taft, I had the opportunity to mentor and tutor elementary school students from Watertown, Connecticut. During my senior year at Taft, I volunteered in the Dominican Republic through the Outreach 360 Program, where I taught young local students in English. During my summers at Trinity, I was an instructor at the Dream Camp Summer School coaching the students in various sports, reading, writing, and life skills. I was also a Teaching Assistant at Trinity for the Art History department, as well as summer research assistant for the Psychology department. Majoring in Psychology at Trinity allowed me to become skilled at identifying behavioral traits, which is helpful when teaching young men. I am looking forward to teaching Physical Science and Photography as well as coaching Football and Track & Field here at Avon.
WHY DO YOU TEACH AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
I hope that during my time at Avon Old Farms, I am able to inspire the young men here to continue to honor the wise words of the mission statement. Every young man should strive to honor wisdom, justice, inclusion, service and the pursuit of truth. My goal here at Avon is to help students reach their greatest potential. While reaching that goal, I also hope to encourage diversity at Avon and be an educator that the young men at Avon can look up to. Treating peers with respect is very important and I want to instill that in students at Avon. I love the tradition that Avon upholds and I am proud to be an educator of the bright young men here.