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)
Debra Case grew up just two towns away from Avon Old Farms, but it was not until 1976 that she first stepped foot on campus. While taking courses at a local college, she applied for a position with the dining services company which provided meals to the students and faculty of AOF.
She quickly came to love the school and her passion translated into a series of promotions within the food service department, ultimately leading to her assignment as Director of Dining Services. In 1989, Deb left the school to pursue an education in Information Technology. She worked in the corporate sector until 1992, when she was called back to Avon once again as Director of Dining Services.
As the school sought to develop a campus wide network, Headmaster George Trautman enlisted Deb’s help and expertise in IT to spearhead the million dollar project. In 1995, the campus was networked and Deb was appointed Director of Technology.
Deb lives off campus in Avon with her husband of 35 years, Paul, and their lively golden retriever, Connor. They have two daughters, Jessica and Kelly, who grew up with hundreds of Avon brothers. Deb’s family has recently expanded to include three grandchildren: Lyla, Rory, and Paul.