With a new school year comes new changes. New faculty members join the family community that Avon offers. In the middle of our busy schedules here at Avon, I was able to sit down with Mr. French. He is the first of many to come as I begin to chip away at the new faculty members on campus. Here is your chance to get to know your faculty.
Mr. French comes to us from Norwalk, CT. Growing up he was a lifeguard at Calf Pasture Beach, where he excelled in his new passion: swimming. He is part of the graduating class from Hartwick College of 2009. Majoring in English, he now joins the department as one of the English 4 teachers. When asked why he became a teacher, he said, “I want to help young people grapple with complexities of effective communication and explore the big questions.” What might be those big questions? Ask Mr. French and he will strive to help you out.
Mr. French is currently involved as an assistant coach to Cross Country, and will be the head varsity swimming coach. As a member of both, I know first hand the of his drive and effort to get the most work from us. When asked how he came to find Avon, he said, “I heard that they needed a swim coach, and I wanted to teach. It was like two peas in a pod.” With a perfect fit like that it is hard to go wrong.
As a little over a month of school rolls through campus, it seemed appropriate to ask, “What about Avon do you like the most so far?” In response, he said, “I like the sense of community in both faculty-student relation and a faculty-faculty relation. It’s layered. There isn’t a time I don’t feel supported.” With community being a common theme here, it is not surprising that new students, along with faculty are welcomed with opened arms.
To finally wrap up this interview, I asked a question which came out to be “what would you change here, not necessarily something about the school, but the mindset of the students?” He replied “Make sure people are never complacent. Encourage everyone to do a little bit more and take the next step closer to greatness.” With these words of inspiration, don’t let him down. Get out, get active, and don’t give up. Given his mindful responses and useful insight, now you know a little more of Mr. French.