From the Headmaster by Kenneth H. LaRocque
I have been writing my “From the Headmaster” essays in this publication for a couple of decades and now find myself writing about my own retirement in an Avonian with my photograph on the cover. I notice that my image in 2018 differs sharply from my image on the Avonian cover in 1998, when I became headmaster. My emotions swirl these days as I go about living life and fulfilling my responsibilities as headmaster of this special school. The catalyst for these constantly changing sentiments is realizing that my days at Avon are numbered, that substantial pressure will be lifted from my shoulders soon, that the honor of leading our students and faculty will cease before
long, and that the need to re-create myself in another life will be my truth shortly. I find myself asking the question, “Am I ready for this change?” No one is ever ready for the kind of change I will experience in the next year. I have spent 38 years at Avon, 37 of them in a significant administrative position and 21 of them as headmaster, well over half my entire life in the Village of Old Farms, and life before Avon is a distant memory. Working at a boarding school is an experience that, unless you have lived it, is difficult to describe in terms of its intensity. When school is in session, working in a boarding school requires total immersion, especially if you are leading a school like Avon. In the past several years, I have relied on meditation to help free my mind from obsessing on school matters at all hours of the day and night. Avon Old Farms completely captures those of us fortunate enough to work here and compels us to passionately embrace our mission of helping build young men of substance. Like the vast majority of people who are a part of this school, I feel so privileged to have spent my career as a member of this community. However, all good things must come to an end, and I have worked with our board chairman, Marty Cole, to put together a succession plan that works for Avon Old Farms and for me.
Avon Old Farms School strives to be the best college preparatory school for boys by cultivating young men of integrity, who honor wisdom, justice, inclusion, service, and the pursuit of truth. — AV O N O L D F A R M S S C H O O L M I S S I O N S T A T E M E N T
Spring 2018 The Avonian