Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Tietsort retires after 26 years at Macon R-1

  • Macon R-1 High School Principal Dwight Tietsort is retiring on June 29, after 26 years in education. He started his career in Macon teaching middle school and high school science and math. He also coached middle school football and track. Tietsort served as MHS Principal for 10 years. 

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  • Dwight Tietsort says he  advised his children to find something that they love to do when they were looking at career options.
    “I was lucky to have a job I enjoyed,” says Tietsort, who  retired today after devoting 26 years to education in the Macon R-1 School District. “I  still got up and looked forward to coming to school every day,” he says. “I just wanted to slow down.”
    Tietsort worked as a foreman for a concrete crew in Kirksville while his wife, Mary, was doing graduate work before coming to Macon. Mary is retired from teaching history at the LaPlata R-II School District.
    They are parents of two children, both MHS graduates. Brad, 30, works in purchasing for Dot Foods in Mt. Sterling, Ill. He and his wife, Amber, who is a CPA are parents of a son, Lane, 18 -months-old. Jessica, 27, is a physical therapist. She lives in Champaign/Urbana, Ill. ,with her husband, Justin Zimmerman who graduated from law school this past May.
    Tiestort grew up in Putnam County. “Yeah, I’m a Midget,” he laughs.
    He received his bachelor’s degree in biology/education from Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville (now Truman State). He received his masters degree from the University of Missouri and his specialist degree in administration from Northwest Missouri University in Maryville.
    He began his career in Macon teaching middle school and high school math and science and later taught both subjects only in the middle school. He  spent 16 years coaching middle school football and track.
    “I have been blessed to have worked with some great people,” he said. “I came here in my mid-20’s and coaches Fred Bell, Hugh Dunn and Walt Thompson were good role models for me. I have also had the privilege to work with some great administrators.”
    Tietsort takes great pride in many things in the Macon school system. “I am very proud of the performance of the high school in the last decade,” he said. “I am proud of our teaching staff. They have worked hard and our high school students have been productive and have done well on tests.”
    “It is gratifying to have former students come back to visit and tell us how the education they received at MHS has prepared them for college or working,” he reflects. “It also felt good to help turn a kid who was struggling around.”
    Tietsort says the advance of technology has brought about many changes in teaching. “When I first came here we didn’t have any computers,” he said. “We got grants for computer labs and went to trainings to learn to use them.”
    “I went to a one-room school when I was a kid, and didn’t even see a computer until high school,” he laughs. “Now we can’t exist without them.”
    Page 2 of 2 - He foresees many changes for schools as we now know them in the next 10 to 15 years. He believes that schools will be using all electronic text books and have more on-line classes and on-line testing in the future.
    Tietsort says he does not have any particular plans for his retirement. He hopes to volunteer his time to help decorate the football field before home games.
    “I’ve got to keep busy,” he laughs. “I know my wife has lots of things around the house for me to do!”
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