Timothy Bazemore to take reins of private school from 19-year veteran Lark Palma

Following a nationwide search, the Catlin Gabel Board of Trustees has named Timothy Bazemore the next head of the school, beginning July 1, 2014. Bazemore has served since 2000 as head of school at New Canaan Country School, a 630-student, preschool-ninth grade school in Connecticut. He will succeed Lark Palma, who will have served in the role for 19 years when she steps down at the end of the 2013-14 school year.Catlin Gabel has named Timothy Bazemore the next head of the school, beginning July 1, 2014.

A former visiting fellow and field instructor in the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Bazemore is vice chair of the Independent Schools Data Exchange board and a trustee at the Ethel Walker School. He’s served as president of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the Philadelphia-area Middle School and Admission Director Associations.

“Timothy Bazemore is a proven leader with invaluable experience as both a classroom teacher and an administrator in independent schools,” said Steve Gordon, chairman of the Catlin Gabel board of trustees. “He brings to Catlin Gabel an exceptional background in progressive education and commitment to our lasting values: diversity, sustainability and innovation in the classroom.”

Located on a 60-acre campus at 8825 S.W. Barnes Road, Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, coeducational school that in the 2013-14 school year serves 760 students from preschool through 12th grade. The school merged in 1957 from the Catlin Hillside School and Gabel Country Day School.

Bazemore is a leading voice in the national conversation about progressive education and student skills assessment, Gordon noted. He has presented on a variety of education topics at state and national conferences, including leadership and governance, environmental sustainability, and equity and access. Bazemore serves on the steering committee of the Mission Skills Assessment Project, an effort to develop new ways to assess and teach character skills.

“I am tremendously excited and honored to join the Catlin Gabel community next year,” Bazemore wrote in response to being hired. “During the search process, I was impressed by the energy, joy, and sense of purpose shared by everyone I met on campus. Under Lark Palma’s inspired leadership, the faculty and staff have created an extraordinary learning environment.”

Bazemore began his career as a humanities teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy, a K-12 school of 550 students in Philadelphia. During his 13 years with Chestnut Hill, Bazemore assumed increasing responsibility, moving from classroom teacher to director of middle and upper school admission, and then to head of the middle school, Catlin Gabel officials said.

A native of Lewiston, N.Y., and a graduate of Hotchkiss School, Bazemore earned a master’s degree in history at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Luke, 15, and Tyler, 23.

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