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Dr. Tagliaferro: Leadership Now and for the Future

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Dr. Tagliaferro is the Director of the Middle School and the Associate Director of the Upper School. Having worked at Gilmour before, he returned at the start of the school year with a new role. He currently enjoys being responsible for the Middle School and helping to support the Upper School.

Tym Tagliaferro, 2013-2014, Photo Credit: Venditti Studios

Coming Back Home

After five years of being the Dean of Students at Archbishop Hoban in Akron, Dr. Tagliaferro says he loves his return to Gilmour. He particularly likes the learning atmosphere, and he values building strong relationships with faculty, staff and students.

As soon as Dr. Tagliaferro heard about the administrative position here at Gilmour, he jumped on it and was more than happy to do so because in his words “Gilmour was my home.”

Dr. Tym Tagliaferro (center) stands with his Dissertation Committee: Dr. Timothy Cook (left) and Dr. Kimberly Grassmeyer (right). Dr. Tagliaferro’s Dissertation Study Title was “Managing Charism Transmission in Catholic Secondary Schools: A multi-site case study examining the role of Chief Mission Officer at Religious Order Sponsored Schools in the U.S.”

Dealing With Different Ages

According to Dr. Tagliaferro, working with both the Middle School and the Upper School at the same time is not easy. He has been working with high school students for several years and has a strong understanding of how they act and react to certain things. His goal for Middle School is to help younger students develop the skills and knowledge needed for success in the Upper School.

Difference In Maturity

There are several differences between a middle school student and a high school student. In high school, administrators might zero in on helping teenagers develop suitable work ethics. For middle school students, Dr. Tagliaferro said the focus can be developing maturity and appropriate behavior. Comparing the two student groups, Dr. Tagliaferro said high schoolers can be the more challenging group to work with, because “middle schoolers don’t know any better. They’re still very young.” High school students are expected to know what they’re doing. As teenagers, they can be held more accountable for their actions.

Ultimate Goal

Dr. Tagliaferro said he didn’t have a great relationship with adults when he was growing up. He wanted to be a teacher so he could set a professional tone for students and help them get ready for the real world. At Gilmour, he hopes to have a strong impact on students. He said,  “I don’t want them to jump into a big pool without knowing how to swim first.”