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Up Close: Mr. David Pfundstein

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Director of Student Life

Mr. David Pfundstein (`93) has taken on the position of Dean of Student Life at Gilmour Academy. This is Mr. Pfundstein’s 19th year as a faculty member at the school. His previous positions include Lower School counselor and first through fourth grade teacher for nine years, Middle School counselor for five years, and Upper School counselor for three years. He has been the Boys Basketball Varsity Head Coach for 18 seasons and will coach again this upcoming season.

Mr. Jonathan Wanders, Director of Upper School, said that the role of the Dean of Student Life is to support and ensure the safety of all students in a positive environment. While the Director of Upper School works closely with adults and faculty, Wanders said that the Dean of Student Life focuses on interacting with students. In this new role for Mr. Pfundstein, Mr. Wanders will also work with him to line up the school schedule for special events.

The former Dean of Student Life was Mr. Tihomir Teisl. Mr. Wanders said that while Mr. Teisl left a lasting legacy, Mr. Pfundstein is a positive and advocative person who will continue to assure that student voice is heard in the community. Mr. Teisl said that Mr. Pfundstein was the perfect choice to succeed him because he understands Gilmour’s culture and has a good guidance background. Mr. Teisl believes Mr. Pfundstein will be a visible asset for the community.

Mr. Pfundstein said he is excited to follow in Mr. Teisl’s footsteps, build relationships with students, strengthen the school community and school spirit, and make sure Gilmour is a “classy school.”

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Da-Eun (Kathy) Jung is a senior at Gilmour Academy and lives in Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea with her family. This is her third year writing for The Lance and is the Editor-in-Chief. Outside of the classroom, Kathy writes for The Mill, the city of Gates Mills’ monthly magazine. Kathy enjoys writing editorials and feature stories for both The Mill and The Lance. She is involved in the VECTOR Program in the Creativity and Expression branch and volunteers at the Holden Arboretum in her free time. Her favorite class is AP Literature & Composition and wants to study communication in college. Read Kathy’s articles below, and contact her at gilmourlance.org.