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.”