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Welcome from the Head of School

Tim Tinnesz with studentsWelcome to St. Timothy’s School!

As both the headmaster and the father of three boys who started in our pre-kindergarten program and are now successfully making their way through our lower and middle schools, I can confirm: It’s a great day to be a Titan!

Evidence of this abounds throughout our website. Visit class websites and our social media feeds for a glimpse of our school’s daily life. Learn about our award-winning programs in the arts and our highly successful athletic teams. Take a look at our Portrait of a Graduate and Titan Alumni Profiles to see the list of nearly 30 different high schools where St. Timothy’s graduates are currently enrolled, and read about their successes in college and beyond.

My colleagues and I believe the years from early childhood to early adolescence are the most crucial, formative years when the lessons that are learned, the skills that are cultivated, and the worldview and values that are instilled will set a course for a lifetime to follow. For over 60 years, we at St. Timothy’s have aimed to help our students build upon excellent academic foundations to solve problems, to pursue truth, to lead healthy, honorable, and joyful lives, to treat all people respectfully and compassionately, and to love and serve God and one another.

But don’t just take my word for it! Reach out to schedule a visit. Take a tour. Let us connect you with one of our current families who can tell their story and answer your questions. If you do, I believe that you, too, will find that it’s a great day to be a Titan!

Tim Tinnesz, Head of School

Tim Tinnesz, Head of SchoolFor two decades, Tim Tinnesz has served children and families as a volunteer, teacher, and school and community leader. In 2012, he joined St. Timothy’s School as the fourth headmaster in the school’s history.
Tim currently serves on the boards of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Triangle Day School, and Note in the Pocket, a local nonprofit that provides clothing to homeless and impoverished schoolchildren in Wake County. An active Rotarian, Tim served as President of the Rotary Club of Crabtree in 2018-19 when the Club earned the 2019 Fred Fletcher Award of Excellence, the highest volunteer service award given by the City of Raleigh. He also regularly travels to independent schools around the southeastern U.S. as an active participant on Southern Association of Independent Schools’ reaccrediting teams.
A trusted media source, Tim has contributed articles, blogs, and interviews featured by NBC's Education Nation, Your Teen Magazine, WRAL, and Carolina Parent.
Tim earned his B.A. with High Honors from the University of Florida, where he was the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Valedictorian and one of two aspiring social studies educators selected per state to receive the prestigious James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He earned his M.A. from Georgetown University, and served as an interviewer for the Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program until 2018.
Tim and his wife, Karen, have three sons: Will, a member of the St. Timothy’s Class of 2022; Patrick, a member of the STS Class of 2023; and Sean, a member of the St. Timothy's Class of 2027.