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Tim Walsh, Head of Upper School
Erma Ruffkess

Mr. Timothy Walsh

Bearss Avenue Campus, Upper School

Head of Upper School



M.S., Educational Administration, St. John Fisher College
M.S., Secondary Science Education, State University of New York Brockport
B.S., Biology, University of Michigan 


Employed Since 2021

Having taught IB science courses in grades 6-12 and being an administrator in IB schools, Timothy Walsh has extensive experience with IB programme implementation at both the MYP and DP levels in independent schools as well as in different cultural contexts and school communities. His IB background, together with his record of leading the visioning and execution of innovative, future ready curricula and his expertise creating caring, supportive learning environments strongly align with the mission and culture of Carrollwood Day School.

Tim Walsh is regarded as a principled and effective leader by his colleagues. He was integral to many key development projects at his former schools and is credited with setting the stage for continued improvements. He is recognized for his collaborative and creative approach to decision making and problem solving. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to working with students, families, teachers, and other school professionals to positively impact the lives of children and the school community as a whole.

Tim Walsh came to CDS from the International School Basel in Switzerland, where he served a five-year tenure as Senior School Principal (670 students). Walsh began his career in education as a high school science teacher in the U.S. advancing to become a high school vice principal in 2006. For 12 years prior to coming to CDS, he was an upper school and middle school principal and assistant principal in international schools in Singapore and Switzerland.

Mr. Walsh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He went on to receive two master's degrees; one in Secondary Science Education from State University of New York at Brockport and the second in Educational Administration from St. John Fisher College, where he was also recipient of the Dr. Ronald Edmond Award of Excellence.

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