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Principal Tim Bearden to Leave Grosse Pointe North High School

The principal of Grosse Pointe North High School will be leaving the district later this summer to lead Detroit Country Day School.

This summer officials will be looking for a new principal to lead as Tim Bearden is leaving later this month to lead Detroit Country Day School

Bearden told Patch Tuesday the decision to leave North was difficult but the position at Detroit Country Day is an opportunity for him in one of his areas of interest within the education field. 

In his new position, Bearden will be the Chief Academic Officer/Upper School Director. He said the instruction and curriculum focus he will be taking on as the chief academic officer is an opportunity to grow in an area that is of great interest to him. He will help develop curriculum and instruction standards for kindergarten through twelfth grades. 

He also is not yet ready to give up daily contact with students, he said, because that is part of his job that he really enjoys. Being the upper school director will allow him to continue his contact with students, he said. 

Bearden became interested in independent schools after learning more about the opportunities and flexibilities such an educational setting offers as compared to public schools. In this particular situation, the reputation of Detroit Country Day preceeds it, he said. 

His contract expires June 30 and he will begin with Detroit Country Day July 1, he said. He will not extinguish his connections at North, however, he said. 

"I will continue to advocate for North," Bearden said, explaining the strength of the school and staff. "This is a great place."

Additionally his own children are in Grosse Pointe Schools and he's made lifelong friendships in the district, he said.

Bearden first began with Grosse Pointe Schools as the athletic director and assistant principal for . Bearden then left to lead South Lake High School as its principal. Six years ago he made the change from South Lake to Grosse Pointe North. 

Given the opportunity to share one parting thought with the community, Bearden said he wants residents to understand the value of diversity among student population.

"The view of diversity of North by the community is that it's less than a strength," Bearden said. "Whereas I think it's one of our strengths. It is good for students to be around students from different backgrounds. It is more of a real world experience."

George R. McMullen Jr. June 12, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Pincipal Bearden you will be missed. All the best in your new position.
V. M. June 19, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Perhaps, Mr. Bearden, does not live in the real world. Grosse Pointe has been a diverse area for years. Since I went to school here and now my children have completed school in Grosse Pointe, as well as many of us who grew up in this area, including our parents. Its been Generations. We have Moslems, Christians, Lutherans etc., we have white, black, we have Italians, Jews, Lebanese/Middle Eastern, Germans, Albanians, Greeks, French, Spanish/Latino, etc, etc.etc. Please do not insult are intelligence by insinuating that we do not welcome a diverse community. Where have you been the last 100 years???
Mark June 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
No V.M. I think it is you who doesn't lie in the real world. I grew up here too and sure while some of the diversity you claim existed it was not in significant numbers at all. When I was in high school not so many years ago we had about about 10 or less black students and probably as many Albanians. And Italian? The Italians had been here since the early 1900s so it wasn't like we were getting some great exposure to their culture overseas. Oh and I believe there were one or two Muslim families and perhaps 10 Jewish families. These numbers hardly create an impactful structure. By the way do we get a cultural experience from Lutherans versus Christian?
Chris K June 20, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I too was offended by principal Bearden's remarks. It sounded a lot like "don't do as I do, do as I say". There are numerous communities in the metropolitan area from which people of all races, religions and creeds can choose to live. I am sick and tired of the insular, racist insinuations that accompany the description of Grosse Pointers that often occur on the Patch as well as in the metropolitan media. Grosse Pointe is an established community with a well known set of values and expectations for those who choose to live here. No one is being forced to move here but if they do move here, they should be prepared to adapt to the community and its values which has made it a wonderful community in which to live for years and years. Principal Bearden will soon find out what Detroit Country Day expects of its diverse student body and it is the same for every student and every family, no excuses.
V. M. June 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Chris K Thank you, Thank you!!! Mr. Bearden clearly did not enforce rules and expectations for the whole student body. The eye opening experience will come at Detroit Country Day. I have many friends and families whose children attend or attended that school. Same rules for every student and every family for sure!!!! Those with Grosse Pointe comments need to understand the word "Diversity". It does not pertain to African Americans only!!!!! Thats not what the definition of diversity states. It means, different, unlikeness and variety.
Mark June 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
No question it means more than just African Americans and that's why I addressed groups you specifically mentioned. And get real the many European ones you mention do not provide much on differences or variety especially considering these are mostly descendants and not fresh generations. Oh and the differences between Lutherans and Methodists truly enrich us all when we can co-mingle. Don't get me wrong I love GP but your statements and groups you mentioned are fairly hilarious.
Diane Smith June 20, 2012 at 07:24 PM
VM & Chris K. It looks like you forgot to add this to your comments: "Just as long as it is not next door to me". Perhaps I have missed quote you; but I know for certain you have misinterpreted Tim Bearden's comments. Call him, write him, etc. if you don't believe me and while you are at it, you should consider apologizing to him also.
V. M. June 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
When you experience first hand, as many of us parents have, the lack of enforcing rules, that should apply to every student, according to the Grosse Pointe Public School Policy hand book, then comment. Our community should be insulted by such comments, that we are not excepting of diversity. Many of us have welcomed , helped and embraced children of all race. It is very unfair, and what message does that send to our children. We are all entitled to our opinion!!! No apoligy needed from this end. No further comments. Thank you!!
Mark June 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Well considering the article was celebrating North's diversity and you have changed the conversation to how you are accused of not being ACcepting of diversity I suspect you have issues V.M.
George R. McMullen Jr. June 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Tim is leaving and I want to wish him all the best. Some interesting comments on diversity and Grosse Pointe North above but its time we move on. Its now time to focus on who the new principle is going to be. At the recent seminar that was dedicated to the selection process of the new principle chaired by Dr. Jon Dean I would like to hear from all those above who commented on the seminar and the direction Dr. Dean is taking in the selection process. …V.M. Mark, Chris K., Diane Smith any follow up now is the time
Mark June 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I did not attend the meeting nor would I have reason to as my family is not part of GPN's school district. My purpose here was more to engage some of the absurd comments about the diversity of GP. And again don't get me wrong I love GP and do not believe anything is wrong with the place but to say it has true impactful diversity is a farce. That being said I wish GPN luck in their selection process and hope they end up with a great addition to the school system and community.
George R. McMullen Jr. June 24, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Mark thanks for the reply we will take the best wishes and as an FYI at the meeting when Dr. Dean asked the attendees what they feel the new principle shold understand the areas of diversity and that the School has residents from 3 different cities was fully discussed and coverd so indirectly your issues were discussed a good thang and indicates that a lot of us are on the same page wich is also good have a great Sunday

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