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Tim Harger

Dean of Students - Appointed 2019

Graduate Degree

  • M.A. in Private School Leadership, Columbia University

Undergraduate Degree

  • B.A. in Chemistry, Haverford College

Activities in College

  • Three years of working on freshman orientation
  • Hope is Vital, a theater-based education group
  • Lame Ducks, a late-night ice hockey club
  • One year of lacrosse

Honors and Awards

  • Brumley Excellence in Teaching Award, Durham Academy 2008

Best VCS Moment

Over the course of this year, I feel like this is going to keep changing to be “the most recent one”. Right now, that means being interviewed by a very poised and thoughtful 6th grader for a class project. Other recent “best moments” include pushing through the rain up an unpleasant climb on e-week, watching the community come together at the bonfire, experiencing my first morning meeting…

Inspriational Quote

“The path is not straight, and mistakes need not be fatal.” -Marion Winik

Hobbies and Interests

Road cycling, science fiction, playing with my toddler, baking and cooking

Brief Biography

New Hampshire-born, Pittsburgh-raised, and Philadelphia-educated (for college, at least), I started my teaching career in the South, teaching in Charlotte, NC for 4 years and Durham, NC for 5. While in Durham, I decided to commit to being an educator and attended graduate school in New York City. Serendipity in my then-girlfriend’s career led us to Washington, DC, where we lived for 10 years. After plenty of adventures in the DC area, we’re excited to have come to Vermont and are already trying to enjoy this area as much as possible – ECHO with my son, the bike path for errands and fun, the lake for the 4th of July, the amazing scenery just to remain in awe.

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.