By Mike Weland
Principal Tim Gering
Boundary County School Board
On behalf of the Boundary County School District
101 Board, I am pleased to introduce Tim Gering
as principal of
Ferry High School.
He’s long been a Maniac, but both he and his
family are obviously eager to become Badgers!
Tim has been an Idahoan since the fourth grade,
graduating from high school in Kooskia in 1987.
After spending time with family and pursuing a
job opportunity in Dallas,
Texas, after graduation,
he returned to Idaho
after a few years to attend the
earning a Bachelors Degree in 1997 with a major
in chemistry and a minor in physics.
He began his teaching career in Craigmont,
Idaho, where he taught junior high science, and
not long after took up teaching in Orofino, his
wife, Kari’s, home town, where their three
children have grown up.
The board was delighted that when the day came
for his interview, they met not one, but five
people. Mr. Gering individually introduced each
member to Kari, his twin daughters Hannah and
Chloe, and son Caleb.
It was clear from the outset that Tim wasn’t the
only Maniac contemplating a move north!
Mr. Gering became an Orofino Maniac in 1999,
when he began coaching
while teaching in Craigmont. He began teaching
young Maniacs in 2001, again junior high life
and earth sciences and computer applications.
He served as assistant to the principal at
Junior High School in 2005, stepping
down as head high school wrestling coach but
continuing to serve as an assistant.
After 13 years at Orofino Junior High, he
returned to the U of I and earned his Masters
Degree in education in July, 2010, and began
teaching science at Orofino High, serving as
While he’s a trained scientist and educator, Mr.
Gering is also a huge high school sports fan,
and not afraid of long hours or hard work.
In his spare time as a teacher in Orofino, he
coached not only wrestling, but junior high
football and high school softball. And ran his
own construction business.
He admits that leaving Orofino isn’t easy, he
has many friends there. His wife and children
call Orofino home, and leave both friends and
“More important than who I am and what I am
about is my family,” Mr. Gering wrote recently
in a letter to BFHS staff.
Even though they had no idea how the interview
would go or what the outcome would be, as each
board member arrived and were introduced, each
board came into the interview impressed with how
staunchly Mr. Gering’s family supported him.
“I’m not the only Maniac converting to Badger
here,” he said after being unanimously agreed to
by the board.
Hannah and Chloe, Sweet 16, will be juniors at
Ferry High School.
Caleb, the baby of the family at 15, will be a
sophomore. He might be principal, but Mr. Gering
and his wife, who recently celebrated their 19th
wedding anniversary, became Badger Boosters even
before the board’s decision was made official.
The interview went well and Mr. Gering’s
appointment was all but confirmed, but in the
often unfathomable ways of public service, a few
details needing a few days’ time had to be
attended to so as to make it official.
Mr. Gering was at work the next morning, his
family out learning their new community and
looking for a new home.
“As a new principal,” he wrote staff after his
role was officially confirmed, “I want to know
two things; One, what are you proud of in your
classroom? … The second … what is our school
proud of? What makes our students proud to be a
I’m new on the school board, and don’t know
much, but I feel fortunate that one of the first
decisions I was privileged to make was to
welcome Mr. Gering and his family to Boundary
County and Bonners Ferry High School.
They may have been Maniacs once, but I have a
feeling they’ll be Badgers … and good neighbors
… for many years to come. I pray my community