BEVERLY HILLS, Mich., June 11, 2012 — Detroit Country Day School is pleased to announce Timothy J. Bearden has been named chief academic officer/upper school director. Detroit Country Day School Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.
In his new role, Mr. Bearden will be instrumental in the development, implementation and coordination of the academic program for all four campuses serving pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. His duties will also include responsibility for the Upper School administration and admissions.
Bearden brings with him more than 25 years of experience in education, administration leadership and athletic coaching. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in local, state and national arenas in the development of “Schools of the Future” and promoting 21st century learning initiatives. He has presented throughout Michigan and the Midwest on grading and assessment, constructivism, social media in education, academic support programs for struggling learners and technology in leadership.
Most recently, Bearden served as principal at Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where he wrote the Grosse Pointe High Schools 2.0 twenty-first century learning initiative, authored his district’s teacher evaluation model, and led the district’s technology grant process resulting in an infusion of interactive technology in district classrooms. He led district studies on school day structure, grading and assessment, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and co-chaired the district’s English Language Arts Curriculum Committee.
Bearden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, History and Social Sciences from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1986, and his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2001. He completed his teaching certificate in 1989 and attended Wayne State University Law School.
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.