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)
Kimberley Crocker grew up in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. After graduating from Miss Halls School, she matriculated to Colby College where she earned her BA in math and psychology. Following her graduation, she worked at State Street Bank in Boston as a trader in the Money Market Center. Her marriage to Jonathan Crocker brought her to Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT. A real estate broker licensed in Massachusetts, she sold real estate in the Berkshires before she was invited to join the faculty of IMS as a tutor, math teacher and coach of field hockey, skiing and tennis. There, she and Jon were honored to receive the Lufkin Award.
While Jonathan attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kimberley worked in a flower shop in Cambridge, happily pursuing her passion for flowers and floral design. After moving to Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where Jonathan was engaged by The Hill School, Kimberley was employed by the Alderfer Auction Company, a prominent Pennsylvania auction house, where she had the wonderful opportunity to pursue her interest in art and antiques.
In 1994, when their son Benjamin was two years old, the Crockers left Pennsylvania to return north to be closer to their family and their summer home on an island in Maine. Avon Old Farms School was their destination, and as Ben grew up, Kimberley took on more and more responsibility at Avon, working first as a tutor and later taking on a number of roles in the Alumni and Development Office – presently serving as the director of the parent relations and special initiatives.
Kimberley and Jonathan now own an early brick farmhouse in Colebrook, Connecticut, which is in perpetual need of restoration. This, and gardening, are projects that happily consume occasional weekends and summers in the rolling hills of Litchfield County. Kim is the chairman of the Colebrook Historic District Commission and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Colebrook Historical Society. She is also a Garden Club of America Judge of Floral Design.
After graduating from Avon in 2011, Ben studied for a year in Wales as an ESU Scholar. In 2016 he completed a dual major in Creative Writing and Economics at St. Lawrence University and is now living and working in the Boston area.