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. Deckers
I grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts and moved to Avon, Connecticut just before my high school years. After a tour of the campus in the spring of 1985, I decided to matriculate to Avon Old Farms. In addition to my studies, I played varsity football and squash, and became an avid golfer in my spare time. I was also a recipient of the Avon Old Farms Founder's Medal.
Upon graduating from Avon in 1990, I continued my studies in Maine at Bowdoin College, where I majored in biology and took a special interest in photography. I was also a four-year starter on the varsity football team. I returned to the Avon campus in the fall of 1995, after graduating from Bowdoin.
What experience led you to Avon Old Farms School?
Throughout my years at Avon, I have held various positions. Currently, I am the Associate Director of Technology and my major focus is the hardware systems support for both students and faculty. I also continue to enrich the science department as a Honors Biology teacher. Finally, I find coaching to be an extremely rewarding experience at Avon. During the winter I coach the varsity squash team. I am proud of the many talented players that have graduated from the AOF squash program to the college ranks. A highlight came in 2014 when the varsity squash team won the school's first-ever National Championship! I have also been the varsity golf head coach at Avon for the past 19 years. With a career record of 306-70, I have helped to guide the varsity golf team to unprecedented heights including four New England Championships.