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It's the most wonderful time of the year here at The Pingry School! Students have returned, extracurricular activities are taking place, lots of learning is happening, and relationships are being developed. In addition to all of these exciting happenings across our campuses, Pingry is delighted to introduce you to the newest members of our talented team for the 2021-22 school year.

Tim Lear Named Assistant Head of School for Guidance and Student Life, K-12

Congratulations are in order for Dean of College Counseling and Director of Student Support Services Mr. Tim Lear '92, P '25, '27, '30. After nearly 15 years of service, Mr. Lear has been named Pingry's Assistant Head of School for Guidance and Student Life, K-12, effective July 1, 2021.

A proud member of the Pingry Class of 1992, Mr. Lear, who earned his master's degree in English from Middlebury College, and received his A.B. from Princeton University, returned to our community in 2007. Prior to his return, Mr. Lear taught at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as well as Oak Knoll School in Summit, New Jersey, where he taught English, coached five varsity sports, and later served as the Director of College Counseling. These experiences prepared him for a standout career at Pingry, where he has served in many important and impactful capacities, including Assistant Boys' Cross Country Coach; English Teacher (Forms V and VI); Member of the Curriculum Review Steering Committee (2010-13); Co-Chair of Upper School Division Head Search (2016-17); Director of College Counseling (2007-20); Member of the Academic Committee; Member of the Senior Administrative Team; and now, Assistant Head of School for Guidance and Student Life, K-12.

As Dean of College Counseling and Director of Student Support Services, among other responsibilities, Mr. Lear has built lasting relationships with members of our entire community while simultaneously providing the expertise necessary to help students and families lay the foundation for academic success at prestigious colleges and universities across the country. In his new role — which will include and expand upon his current responsibilities — Mr. Lear will utilize his expertise, including what he learned through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads in 2020, to help Pingry successfully chart and navigate our next great chapter.

"My experiences as a Pingry student inspired me to pursue a career in education, and I can't thank my parents enough for making the decision and the many sacrifices to send me and my brother and sister to Pingry," Mr. Lear said. "The encouragement and guidance I received from teachers and coaches like Ed Scott, Vic Nazario, Lydia Geacintov, and Joe LaValley changed the way I see myself and the world. These individuals (and countless others) confirmed for me the crucial role that educators play in society. I am honored to step into this new role and continue partnering with Pingry's incredible faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to support our students as they build relationships, grow in confidence, and realize their potential to meaningfully engage in the world."

Congratulations on your new role, Mr. Lear!

Contact: Destiny Esper, Communications Manager,