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Allison Young

Allison Young

English Faculty
M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., Colorado State University

 

English I & II

Originally from the great state of Colorado, Allison Young and her husband, Nick Bodmer, traveled east to pursue their passions, landing Young at Avon Old Farms School in 2019.

With an undergraduate degree in English from Colorado State University, Young traveled to Chicago with her husband as he worked on his medical degree. There, she earned two Master’s Degrees: one in humanities from the University of Chicago, and another in teaching from National Louis University. While in Chicago, Young worked with students of all ages, from pre-schoolers to high schoolers, through teaching and tutoring an ACT/SAT prep course with Huntington Learning.

Upon moving to Connecticut, Young took a position with Achievement First teaching high school writing. During her time working with high schoolers, she began to see the reward in building relationships with her students and earning their trust. She challenges herself to learn more about students’ individual interests, and integrating that into the classroom.

“If I can figure out what motivates a boy outside of the classroom, I know I can find a way to make that work inside it, too. The most rewarding part of teaching for me is putting forth my best effort to make the material relevant for students, and seeing that effort rewarded when a boy puts his all into my class.”

At Avon, Young is excited to take advantage of the small class sizes and the campus environment to make her material come to life—before school began in the fall, she already had plans for teaching Midsummer Night’s Dream immersed in the school’s expansive forest.

Young also knows that showing up for her students is a big part of earning their trust – so you’ll often catch her at on the sidelines of games, in the audience at shows, and chaperoning school excursions.

FUN FACTS

  • She met her husband in her high school quartet: she played cello, he played violin.
  • Young is an expert at trivia.
  • Her favorite thing to teach is Shakespeare.