Timothy Smith

Mathematics
805-684-4127 x251
Tim_Smith@cate.org
BA, Bowdoin College

Tim first took an interest in boarding-school education at the age of nine, when his older brother went away to school. Stories of excellent teaching, adventures in the outdoors, and antics in the dormitories encouraged him to try boarding school, and by his sophomore year of high school at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, he had articulated his interest in teaching in a residential setting. This desire to pursue education solidified during the summers of his junior and senior year of college while working for a wilderness camp in Wyoming; after graduating from Bowdoin College, he took a position in the outdoor program at Fountain Valley. After four years of teaching and a one-year adventure around the world, Tim took a post at the Webb Schools in Claremont, California, moving on to Cate in 1995.

Beyond his teaching duties, Tim also coordinates the Cal Math League competitions and serves as an outdoor-sport instructor. He is an avid and accomplished sportsman himself, having recently placed in the top 100 finishers at the Los Angeles Marathon and scaled the summit of North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley.

Tim's other interests include cycling, gardening, and cooking. He lives on campus with his wife, Peggy, and their two children, Dean and Kate.