By Robin Bosworth ’24
After working at TLS for 15 years, 11th grade dean Joel Davidson is moving back to Michigan to spend more time with his family. Working with six classes, Davidson has made connections with many of his students and colleagues at TLS.
“I’ve made some really good friends here,” Davidson said. “I think people have been really accepting of me, and I think the relationships that I’ve made between friends and students have been the highlight.”
In Michigan, Davidson will be shifting careers to working as a therapist for children and families. Despite being sorry to leave TLS, Davidson is excited about his upcoming job.
“It’s a chance for me to really do the things that I love to do which is the one on one stuff,” Davidson said. “I really like working with people and helping solve problems and tackling issues. I’m looking forward to just doing therapy and helping kids in different ways that I haven’t done until now.”
After being the dean for the class of 2024 for the past three years, many students are sad to see him go.
“Joel has always been there for me when I need assistance,” junior Lily Jacobson said. “Whether he’s helping with changing my schedule or donating clothes for the midnight run, he’s always there for us.”
Davidson has also aimed to make his office a welcoming space for students to visit. Filled with inspirational quotes and pictures with his students, Davidson’s personality and love for his students shines through how he decorates his office.
“Joel has truly been an amazing dean,” junior Abby Farca said. “He always listens to us. Joel’s office has always been so inviting and his love for Michigan was pasted all over the walls.”
To show appreciation for all he’s done, the class of 2024 gave Davidson a pillow with a picture of the grade.
“The inclusive and open environment Joel facilitated as our dean cultivated a community within our grade, and his guidance along the way has allowed me to become the person that I am today,” junior Mitchell Breakstone said.
Although he will no longer be working at TLS, Davidson hopes to maintain the connections he has formed with his students and colleagues.
“I think it’s been an amazing 15 years,” Davidson said. “It’s a great place to form amazing relationships with students and faculty and I’ve made some great friendships. I think as a person I’ve grown tremendously. I will really miss this place, but I’m excited for the next steps.”