About Mr. Roller
I have been around New England Prep School most of my life, having been born and raised at Tabor Academy in MA. After graduating from Tabor, I went on to Duke University, graduating in 1994 with a double major in economics and public policy studies. I then spent two years working for a non-profit organization helping to run some of their youth programs. That position gave me the opportunity to live abroad for a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was a phenomenal experience. I then came to Avon Old Farms in the fall of 1996 and have been here since. I live on campus with my wife and two daughters.
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
During my tenure at AOF I have also taught economics and math, and also coached at every level within our football program. I enjoy working with our guys to help them figure out what college or university may be a good fit for them, I am passionate about issues of diversity and cultural competency, and have been life-long sports fanatic… so, my position at Avon suits me very well and keeps me motivated. Most of my “spare time” now involves doing something with my family, and trying to watch my daughters play in their soccer, basketball, or lacrosse games as often as possible.
Why do you teach at Avon Old Farms School?
I didn't decide to enter the world of education immediately after completing college, but during the two years I spent working with middle and high school age student-athletes through the Scholar-Athlete Games I was drawn to the idea of teaching and coaching at a prep school. I was fortunate to be offered a position at Avon: it didn't take long for me feel very comfortable here. I thoroughly enjoy working in an all-boys setting and, though I can’t believe it has already been that long, have had a great 20+ years here.