Tim Westerberg served as a high school principal for 26 years, the last 20 of which (1985-2005) were at Littleton High School in Littleton, Colo. Prior to entering school administration, Tim Westerberg taught social studies and coached at the high school level in Illinois and Iowa. Tim Westerberg earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa and his doctorate in educational administration from Iowa State University.
In addition to his work as a teacher and administrator, Tim Westerberg has been active in a variety of school transformation, staff development, and leadership training initiatives in Colorado, nationally, and internationally. From 1994 to 1996, Tim Westerberg served on the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)/Carnegie Foundation Commission on the Restructuring of the American High School, which produced the seminal report Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution. Tim Westerberg also played a significant role in the development of Breaking Ranks II, released in February 2004. Other recent professional activities include serving as a site evaluator for the U.S. Department of Education’s New American High Schools project, an IDEA ’97 trainer for the NASSP, a member of the National Staff Development Council’s Results-Based Staff Development Initiative, a member of ASCD’s What Works in Schools Cadre, president of the Colorado Association of School Executives, a member of the Colorado Commission for High School Improvement, and interim executive director of the Alliance for Quality Teaching.
Tim Westerberg has received numerous awards in recognition of his service to the education profession. Tim Westerberg was one of four finalists for the NASSP/Met Life Principal of the Year program in 1994 and received the Honor Administrator Award from the Colorado Music Educators Association in 1998 and the Department Service Award from the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals in 1999.