A Multi-Generational Appreciation for Technical and Agricultural Careers

Tim Moriarty’s passion for Career and Technical Education (CTE) runs deep, influenced by a family legacy of technical and agricultural vocations. As the son and grandson of skilled workers in the technical and farming sectors, Tim appreciates the long-term career stability these fields offer. His philosophy of CTE as a “secret sauce” for students blends academic knowledge, technical skills, and a sense of community, offering a well-rounded educational experience.

A Versatile Career in Education and Advocacy

Currently, Tim serves as a Special Advisor in the Office of College, Career, and Technical Education at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). He co-founded LOTUS Strategy Group, LLC., a consultancy focused on professional learning for educators, with a special emphasis on addressing implicit bias and creating equitable learning experiences. Tim has been a dedicated member of the NCLA Board since 2016. Before joining DESE, he spent nine years at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, working as a Mathematics Instructor and later as an Academic Director.

Tim’s educational credentials are equally impressive. He earned a Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his capstone focused on equitable access to CTE pathways in Massachusetts. He also holds a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Administration from American International College and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Further specializing in CTE, he attended leadership academies to obtain his vocational administrator certifications.