With 30 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator, David J. Beare began his tenure as Middlesex’s sixth head of school on July 1, 2019.
Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, David earned a B.S. in foreign service at Georgetown University, graduating cum laude. After doing service work in Peru for a year, he began teaching in boarding schools, starting out at the Loomis Chaffee School. There he taught European and U.S. history, philosophy, and religious studies; coached soccer and tennis; lived in a dorm; and served as an admissions interviewer. Five years later, David headed to graduate school, earning an M. Div. at Harvard’s Divinity School and an Ed.M. in school administration at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Subsequently returning to the independent school world, David taught courses in religion and philosophy, coached, and was a resident faculty member at Phillips Exeter Academy before moving back to the West Coast and Lakeside School. There he chaired the Upper School History Department, was a member of the college counseling staff, and coached the golf team to a state championship. A decade later, David joined the faculty at The Hotchkiss School, helping to develop and implement an innovative core interdisciplinary curriculum for underclassmen as director of the Humanities Program and co-chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department.
In 2013, David became the dean of faculty at the newly founded Keystone Academy in Beijing, where his wife Rachael – also a career educator – had begun her work as dean of admission the year before. Over the course of six years, he continued to teach and manage dorm duties, was named associate head of school, and served as acting head of school for a year.
While David leads Middlesex, Rachael serves as the director of marketing and communication at nearby Nashoba Brooks School. With their daughter and son already settled in New England schools, the Beares are happy to have their family closer together again and to be part of the Middlesex community. David plays the cello (and is excited to have the opportunity to play chamber music with members of our arts faculty), swims for fitness, and on any given afternoon might be found on the Middlesex Circle tossing a baseball with students.