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The Dean is Not “Dead”

As always, Mr. Teisl, Dean of Student Life and Discipline, is busy at work. But there is so much behind this hard working man. He has a rich history with the Academy.

In last month’s article, “Pros and Cons of an Open Campus,” the Lance staff made a major typo. The article reported Mr. Tihomir Teisl as being the “Dead of Student Life and Discipline.” In truth, the Dean of Student Life and Discipline is far from dead, and he is just starting to liven things up.

Although it is hard to believe, Mr. Tihomir Teisl has been at Gilmour Academy for 38 years. Mr. Teisl is in charge of as well as a part of many major tasks of running a college prep school. As Dean of Student Life and Discipline, Mr. Teisl is in charge of putting together the daily schedules, overseeing the dress code, supervising the halls and parking lots during school hours, and helping the faculty with disciplinary issues. On top of that, he still teaches one class of advanced Spanish speaking and writing. Most students see Mr. Teisl everywhere, but how many people truly know Mr. Teisl?

Mr. Teisl was born in a refugee camp in Bagnoli, Italy. Then, his family spent the next 15 years in Argentina before getting permission to move to the United States. It was in Argentina where he found his passion to become a school teacher. “I had some very good teachers in Argentina who got me thinking about it,” says Mr. Teisl. When he came to the United States his interest continued. “I went to St. Ignatius and had some good teachers there. I have always wanted to coach and work with kids.”

After 38 years at Gilmour, Mr. Teisl’s favorite thing about working for the school is interacting with the students and supporting them in whatever they do. He likes to challenge them to make better choices. Whenever asked about his dream job, Mr. Teisl responds,“I am in it.” Outside of school, Mr. Teisl says he enjoys “playing (not anymore) and watching soccer.” His passion for soccer began in Argentina, where people live and breathe soccer. He started as the Assistant Coach of the Men’s Soccer Team in 1972 and soon became Head Coach in 1974. He retired after 30 years, but still is a regular spectator at all Gilmour games.

The most rewarding part of coaching for Mr. Teisl was working with the student athletes in both venues. Soccer gave him “the ability to work with students in the extended classroom called the athletic field,” says Mr. Teisl. Through coaching, he saw a different side of students on the athletic field and was able to find multiple ways to reach the students.

Some interesting facts: he also enjoys gardening and does not own a cell phone. Which may explain why he is always confiscating cell phones; he wants one for himself.

In all seriousness, Mr. Teisl does so much for the Academy. He supports each and every student and faculty member. It was once Mr. Teisl’s dream to become an educator. This community is lucky to have such a spirited and supportive Dean of Student Life and Discipline.