Timothy Bakland ('94) is Waring's fourth Head of School. A long-time teacher and lifelong learner, Tim has taught classes in Humanities, French, and Music as well as coached Cross Country since he joined Waring as a teacher in 1998. Tim was Waring's Performing Arts Chair for two years before becoming Head of School in 2015. He continues to teach a Music class in French.
Tim received a BA degree in Music (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Bates College in 1998, where he wrote a thesis on the influence of French Baroque composers in 20th-Century French piano music. A pianist himself, Tim performed a senior recital with works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Debussy, Rameau, and Couperin in tandem with the thesis. At Northeastern (MS, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 2017), Tim's capstone project focused on financial and enrollment sustainability in Independent Schools. Tim's work at Northeastern broadened his approach to leading an organization in today's quickly changing world where students must learn to be sophisticated global citizens.
As a longtime member of the Waring School community, Tim is committed to the school's mission while understanding the constant need to change and adapt to the world around Waring. Himself a student of school founders Philip and Josée Waring, Tim believes deeply in a school that is driven by relationships, full participation, and passionate exchange of diverse ideas. At a time when Waring is spreading its wings, welcoming students from Beverly, Boston, the North Shore, and as far as China, India, and Alaska, Tim holds fast to Waring's fundamental aim: that students be the primary owners of their own learning.
Outside of Waring, Tim cross-country skis, runs, performs with the Cantata Singers of Boston, and pursues a Doctorate in Education at Northeastern University.